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Cheese can improve any meal

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In order to be interested in this article, you must love cheese – even just one type of cheese. Cheese is, undoubtedly, one of the most delicious things. Whilst I do not necessarily agree, I can understand that the taste of strong cheeses, or even the idea of blue cheese, might be too much for some people. However, you don’t have to like that – just always have a stash of your favourite grated cheese is sufficient if that’s what you like. For around £2 at basically any supermarket, you can buy a packet of either one of these and instantly improve any of your meals. I love mozzarella, but simple cheddar can also transform meals immeasurably.

We can start with the obvious – pasta. I struggle to understand the point of eating pasta without cheese, especially if it is of a tomato-based sauce. It is a sad reality when you buy a pasta bake, which supposedly ‘comes with grated cheese’, only to find out that this is only a very limited amount. The great thing is that, if you have your own packet to hand, you can add huge amounts without hesitation. It is even better if you melt mozzarella over the garlic bread or doughballs you happen to have bought to eat with your pasta.

At this time of the year, I love buying soup to melt cheese into. I highly recommend either tomato basil soup or French onion soup for this endeavour. Heat up your soup and throw in your cheese and, if your JCR is kind enough to offer you free toast, dip some in to accompany your meal.

If that doesn’t appeal to you, then surely the thought of cheesy potatoes will. If Hassan doesn’t add enough cheese to go with your chips, or if you wish McDonald’s provided you with this option, then clearly having your own packet can solve these issues. Alternatively, you can add some to the mash or jacket potatoes you might be making for dinner.

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I don’t mean to be cheesy, but cheese is an incomparably wonderful food product that can improve pretty much any meal, one bag at a time.

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