The magic of this dish is convenience, as is the case with most of Nigella Lawson’s family reality creations. I make this the day before sometimes and I’ve found the tomato or passata sauce seeps into the tortillas fluffing them and permeating more flavour. I will admit when making this for the first time I flapped about a lot like a virginal traditional lasagna maker with the kitchen turning into a complete bombsite, and I am actually one of those irritating clean as you go cooks. This probably was because the idea itself of a mexican lasagna sounded downright odd and alien and had me zig zagging in circles ejecting me deservedly out of my comfort zone. The dish in fact is based on the same principle of layering not dissimilar to an Italian lasagna, and although Nigella keeps it vegetarian as you can do, I added finely sliced chorizo and some waning scallions
This is express sofa food. The versatility of Mac ‘n Cheese makes it a midweek lifesaver after a busy day, using whatever favourite cheeses you have lurking in the fridge. Also the frugality of it’s ingredients a winner when pursestrings are stretched or you haven’t had time to shop. This is a part-steal from ‘Nigella Express’ using evaporated milk instead of the laborious task of making a bechamel cheese sauce and I’ve added flaked almonds which gives the dish bite and texture. I’ve often made this the night before, refrigerating, and then baked it the following day. Feel free to substitue the cheeses to suit whatever you have. Real fast food.