Mac & Cheese Pizza

We love pizza and we love mac & cheese… so why not combine the two? So here’s the logic… pizza has cheese on it, and mac & cheese has cheese in it therefore it can go on top of pizza…. because cheese and cheese.

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It goes without saying that this recipe isn’t exactly diet friendly… but the winter weather is truly kicking in now so it’s time to start growing a lovely layer of fat to keep us warm (that’s our excuse anyway).

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So we started by making our pizza dough, a simple but good one. The recipe makes enough dough for about 2 or 3 pizzas so feel free to make all the mac and cheese goodness as you like! We decided not to use a tomato sauce base so the focus was on the cheese, instead we spread on a little bit of garlic butter.

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Then we made a delish mac & cheese, we made sure our sauce was thick, creamy and cheesy so that it would stay on top of the pizza. We then added some bacon, but you could add anything you like chorizo, onion, jalepenos, pulled pork… the options are endless! 

Pizza Dough
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Prep Time
1 hr 30 min
Cook Time
20 min
Prep Time
1 hr 30 min
Cook Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 500g strong white bread flour
  2. 7g instant yeast (1 sachet)
  3. 10g salt
  4. 4 tbsp olive oil
  5. 350ml water (you may not need all of it)
Instructions
  1. Put the flour, salt and yeast into the bowl of a stand mixer with the dough hook attachment.
  2. Add the oil and half the water into the bowl and mix on a low to medium speed.
  3. Slowly add in a bit more water until your mixture comes together to form soft dough.
  4. Keep mixing for about 5 mins until the dough isn't sticky to touch.
  5. Turn the dough out onto an oiled surface and knead by hand for about 5 mins.
Notes
  1. You can make the dough without a stand mixer by using your hands if you want, it's just easier with one.
Baking a Mess http://www.bakingamess.co.uk/
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Mac & Cheese Pizza
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For the Macaroni
  1. 50g butter
  2. 400ml milk
  3. 3 heaped tbsp plain flour
  4. salt and pepper to taste
  5. tsp english mustard
  6. 100g grated cheddar
  7. 30g grated parmesan
  8. 100g gouda
  9. 150g macaroni pasta
For the Pizza
  1. 200g pizza dough
  2. 4 rashers of streaky bacon (optional)
  3. 1 tbsp softened butter
  4. 1 garlic clove crushed
  5. 50g grated mozzarella
  6. 50g grated cheddar
  7. (this is to go on top so you can use more or less depending on how cheesy you want it)
For the Macaroni
  1. Add the macaroni to a pan of salted boiling water and boil for about 10 mins, once cooked drain and set aside.
  2. Melt the butter in a pan, once melted add in the flour and mix thoroughly and let bubble for 2-3mins to cook the flour.
  3. Pour in the milk about quarter at a time and mix until completely combined.
  4. Add in the mustard, seasoning and cheeses.
  5. Cook for a couple more minutes until all the cheese has melted.
  6. Pour the sauce over the pasta, stir so all the pasta is covered and allow to cool for a few minutes.
For the Pizza
  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C.
  2. Chop the bacon into small pieces and fry off until crispy.
  3. Take your pasta dough and spread your dough out to make a circle about 25-30cm in diameter on a baking tray dusted with flour or semolina.
  4. Mix together the butter and garlic and spread over the pizza base, bake in the oven for about 5 mins.
  5. Take out the oven and top with the macaroni, you can add as much or as little as you like we didn't end up using all the macaroni we made but feel free to heap on the cheesy goodness!
  6. Then sprinkle over the bacon, cheddar and mozzarella and cook in the oven for a another 15 mins.
Baking a Mess http://www.bakingamess.co.uk/

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