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Anna Jones' Hazelnut Mac n Cheese



"This is a great way to load your mac and cheese with greens. The dish cleverly combines the freshness of a pesto with comforting, cheesy pasta for a delicious (and gorgeous green) end result. Use all of the basil, stalks and all, for plenty of flavour and no waste", says Anna Jones

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Here’s how you do it

  1. Preheat your oven to 200ºC with a rack in the middle. Put a large pot of water on to boil. 

  2. Peel the garlic and put it into the bowl of your food processor with the basil (stalks and all), the broccoli and a good glug of olive oil and pulse until you have a fine crumb. Transfer three-quarters to a small bowl, leave the rest in the food processor and tear in the bread, blitz until you have fine breadcrumbs. 

  3. Boil the pasta in well-salted water for about one-third less time then the packet suggests — you want to be a bit undercooked as it will cook again in the oven. Drain the pasta, reserving a mug of the hot pasta water for later. 

  4. Return the hot pasta to the pan and add three-quarters of the cheese and the hazelnut drink.
  5. Next, add the pasta water to thin the sauce to the consistency of double cream, then stir through three-quarters of the broccoli mixture. It can be a bit runny as the pasta will soak up the liquid while it bakes. 

  6. Check the seasoning and add salt and pepper before transferring everything to a large baking dish. Sprinkle over the breadcrumb mixture and then the remaining cheese and bake for 20 to 25 minutes until the top is golden and crispy. Serve with a crisp green salad. 

Recipe courtesy of Anna Jones and Rude Health


  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 large bunch of basil (50g)
  • 1 small head of broccoli, roughly chopped, stalk and all
  • olive oil
  • a couple of slices of bread
  • 300g macaroni (I use a wholemeal one)
  • 250g sharp Cheddar or Gruyere cheese, or a mixture of both, grated
  • 150ml Rude Health Hazelnut Drink

Suitable for

  • Vegetarians

What’s in this recipe


Italian Basil

1 Bunch (min. 15g)


Rude Health

Organic Hazelnut Drink

1 Carton (1l)



Barbers Cheese

Mature Cheddar




Homemade Macaroni

1 Pack (500g)