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Macaroni and Cheese

   

Macaroni and Cheese
Simple oven-baked mac ‘n’ cheese

This is a really simple recipe for macaroni and cheese. If you love cheese as much as I do, you will certainly like this one-dish pasta delight. I’m officially hooked on baking foods since getting my new oven in December ;p

P.S. I’m hosting Presto Pasta Nights this week, details here.

Ingredients
(Serves 6)

recipe adapted from meals matter & SoGood.TV

- 200g elbow macaroni
- 40g butter
- 2 tbsp flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 300g shredded red cheddar cheese
- 1 piece of plain bread
- 2 cups milk
- 3 tsp grated parmesan cheese (optional)
- 1 bay leaf (optional)
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder (optional)
- 1/2 tsp nutmug powder (optional)

Directions
1. Cook macaroni till al dente according to package instructions. Drain the macaroni in a colander, rinse with cold water and lay them flat on a roasting tray/casserole.
2. Use a food processor/blender to grind a piece of bread till it resembles bread crumbs. Set aside.
3. In a heated saucepan/wok, melt butter. When all the butter has melted, add in the flour and stir gently.
4. Add milk, bay leaf (optional) and continue stirring till mixture thickens.
5. Add salt, pepper and if you like the taste of the following, add them as well – cinnamon powder and nutmug powder. Add half the shredded cheese and reserve the other half for later.
6. When all the cheese has melted and the mixture is even (it should be of a slightly thick consistency), taste a bit of the mixture and season accordingly if needed. Pour the mixture over the macaroni. Stir to make sure that the macaroni is fully coated in the sauce.
7. Top the macaroni with the remaining cheddar cheese, followed by breadcrumbs (you don’t have to use all) and parmesan cheese.
8. Bake at 180C (360F) for about 30 minutes, till the sauce is bubbly and the top is slightly browned.

Macaroni and Cheese
A tray of Mac n Cheese (before baking)

Macaroni and Cheese
The final product

Note: This is my entry for Presto Pasta Nights which I am hosting this week. If you would like to participate, click here to find out the details. Update: Check out the recap here.

More oven-baked delights/baked party food recipes:

Beef Lasagna Perfect Roast Chicken
Chicken and Mushroom Baked Rice Roasted Vegetables

                                           

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43 Responses to “Macaroni and Cheese”

  1. Peter — February 18, 2009 @ 9:10 am

    Ummm, love mac & cheese and you’ve done a nice twist with the spices.

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  2. didally — February 18, 2009 @ 10:34 am

    I love mac and cheese but I can’t take too much. Waiting for a chance to cook this as my other half don’t like mac and cheese. :x

    Looking forward to more bakes from you! :D

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  3. Reeni — February 18, 2009 @ 10:37 am

    This looks good!! So cheesy and comforting!

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  4. deeba — February 18, 2009 @ 11:58 am

    Just posted for PPN…will mail you soon!

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  5. Alice — February 18, 2009 @ 12:54 pm

    I just love your baking… I love Mac and Cheese!

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  6. wiffy — February 18, 2009 @ 5:08 pm

    Thank you everyone for your nice words, appreciate them :-)

    Evan, hope u like the recipe, gimme your feedback k? =)

    woolly, mine is a stand alone one. I didn’t plan for a built in-oven when I renovated my place and by the time I realised its benefits, it was too late =p

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  7. Lore — February 19, 2009 @ 4:53 am

    Hi, my name is Lore and I’m a pasta and cheese addict so that pretty much makes me a mac ‘n’ cheese addict too….Oh no! Now I have 3 addictions to handle LOL.
    Delish stuff, love the cinnamon twist!

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  8. HoppingHammy — February 19, 2009 @ 8:03 pm

    Hehe glad to hear you are enjoying your new oven! This looks scrumptious (it doesn’t help that my stomach has been growling the past 20 minutes anyway) My dad loves when mac & cheese is prepared this way.

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  9. Farina — February 20, 2009 @ 12:49 am

    Mac n cheese is my western guilty pleasure eventhough I have only made them straight from the box! lol.

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  10. Dee — February 20, 2009 @ 9:21 am

    Congrats on hosting! That mac and cheese would go down a treat in my home. Both the boys would guy nuts!

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