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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. lk — February 20, 2009 @ 3:48 pm

    Another great baking recipe! I am not a big fan of cheese but I guess my son will be drooling looking at your Mac n Cheese. Looking forward to your PPN round-up! ;)

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  2. sara — February 21, 2009 @ 2:52 am

    mmmm, this looks so tasty!

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  3. vkeong — February 24, 2009 @ 11:24 pm

    I don’t really like the taste of Mac N cheese but you made them looked really tempting even for me!

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  4. Jude — February 26, 2009 @ 2:47 pm

    Ooh that looks great. Just the right crustiness on top as far as I can tell. Looking forward to seeing more baked stuff from you :)

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  5. Kevin — March 3, 2009 @ 11:35 am

    Great looking mac n cheese!

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  6. wiffy — March 6, 2009 @ 1:26 pm

    Thanks all ;)

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  7. Rian — June 8, 2009 @ 6:21 pm

    I made this and taste very good. Love it very much! Thanks for the recipe

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  8. Momoyoyo — August 14, 2009 @ 8:30 pm

    Hello wiffy! Gonna use this recipe for my F&N practical exam:) so would like to confirm with you that 2cups of milk refers to approximately how many ml? :O

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    • wiffy replied: — August 15th, 2009 @ 11:09 pm

      Hi Momoyoyo! Good to see you here hehe. 2 cups of milk equal 400ml (1 cup = 200ml).

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  9. Momoyoyo — August 16, 2009 @ 11:11 am

    Thankyouuuu,appreciate your help! :P

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  10. Caroline — September 17, 2009 @ 4:57 pm

    Can you tell me where you got the oven tray with the handles from?

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    • wiffy replied: — September 17th, 2009 @ 6:32 pm

      Hi Caroline, I bought it from Ikea, Singapore.

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