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Macaroni Cheese with Stichelton or Girolles Recipe

Gordon went head to head in a celebrity cheese challenge, battling Jessica Hynes for the F Word macaroni crown

Serves 4


  • 2 shallots, finely diced
  • 250g dried macaroni
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 100g girolles, trimmed and cut into even pieces
  • 1 sprig of thyme, leaves removed
  • 75ml white wine
  • 200ml double cream
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 200g stichelton cheese, or similar eg stilton
  • 100g Parmesan
  • Handful chives, finely chopped
  • 25g butter
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Olive oil
  • Method

    1. Add the macaroni to a large pan of boiling salted water with the olive oil and cook for 7-10 minutes until just tender. Drain and rinse under cold water to remove excess starch. Return to the pan and set aside.

    2. Melt the oil in a small frying pan. Add the mushrooms and fry until golden brown, add a small knob of butter and the thyme, cook for another minute then season with pepper. Drain the excess oil from the pan and then add the shallots and cook for a further 2 minutes or until softened, deglaze with the wine, reduce by half and set aside

    3. Bring the cream to a gentle boil and add it to the mushrooms, add the egg yolks, chives and parmesan, mix well and crumble in two-thirds of the cheese. Add the macaroni to the cheese sauce and stir until everything is fully incorporated. Heat gently for a few minutes to melt the cheese. Season with pepper.

    4. Butter the ovenproof dish, and pour in the mixture. Top with some stichelton and parmesan and transfer to a med oven for 15 minutes or until the top is golden brown, remove and leave to stand for 5 minutes or so, then serve.

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A selection of healthy recipes from the F Word are available in Gordon Ramsay's Healthy Appetite, published by Quadrille

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