Asparagus Mac “n” Cheese with Bacon Crumble

Asparagus Mac ‘n’ Cheese with Bacon Crumble combines some of my favourite ingredients and is just that little bit different.


It is a wonderfully hearty dish, and a twist on a classic. It takes just minutes to rustle up, and then you can sit back while it bubbles in the oven. An ideal supper, or family meal.

Asparagus Crumble

Serves: 4
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 35 minutes


8 rashers streaky bacon
50g breadcrumbs
150g Cheddar cheese
300g macaroni
2 bunches asparagus (spears trimmed and cut in half)
40g butter
40g plain flour
400ml milk
2 tsp Dijon mustard


Heat the grill and cook the bacon on each side until very crisp. Chop into small chunks and combine with the bread crumbs and ¼ of the cheese then set aside.

Boil the kettle to fill a large pan. When boiling vigorously in the pan add a pinch of salt and the macaroni. Cook for 9 minutes then add the asparagus and cook for a further 2 minutes.

While the macaroni is cooking, melt the butter in a small thick-based saucepan, sprinkle in the flour and stir with a wooden spoon. Cook whilst stirring for a minute then add the milk a little at a time, stirring continuously so it is absorbed into the flour and slowly makes a smooth sauce. If you get any lumps, don’t panic, just beat vigorously with the wooden spoon and they’ll disperse. Stir in the mustard, some black pepper and the remaining cheese.

Once the macaroni and asparagus are cooked, drain well and return them to the pan. Pour over the cheese sauce and stir to coat well. Tip the macaroni into a large oven dish, sprinkle over the breadcrumb mixture and return to the grill for the top to melt and brown.

Are you a fan of asparagus and how do you use it?



  1. Su Chanprasong November 24, 2017 / 10:14 am

    This looks and sounds very delicious and hearty. I’d love to give this recipe a try. Su #ablogginggoodtime

  2. Mackenzie Glanville November 24, 2017 / 12:29 pm

    this sounds amazingly delicious, with giving up most meat I do have to confess I miss bacon! Thank you for linking up with #ablogginggoodtime

  3. Morgan Prince March 12, 2018 / 8:07 pm

    I’m not really a fan of Macaroni cheese but this looks lovely, especially with the bacon! 🙂

  4. Sam - Serenely Sam March 14, 2018 / 8:46 am

    Mmmmm this looks and sounds delicious. I’ll definitely be giving this a try. #FamilyFunLinky

  5. Karen | TwoTinyHands March 16, 2018 / 3:24 am

    I’ve not had mac and cheese in ages! Blame the toddler who doesn’t seem to like it! This is such a grown up version and looks tasty! ‪Thank you for linking up to the #familyfunlinky‬

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