Baked Macaroni is a hearty comfort food that can be shared with friends and family. With beef, veggies, tomatoes, and cheese, this baked macaroni recipe is a fun and simple dish to make when you’re craving a little taste of comfort. The dish’s degrees of culinary richness are highlighted by the end product’s compactness and put-togetherness.
Baked macaroni is a pasta dish made with macaroni, a tomato-based sauce, and meat minced. It resembles Macaroni and Cheese right out of the oven, but the similarities end there because this meal is meat and tomato-based rather than cheese-based.
Though it appears to be another Italian pasta meal, this recipe is more on the sweet side, as pasta recipes in the Philippines are adjusted for the Filipino palate, which is a balance of savory sweet and spicy sauce.
Now for some background information on macaroni. Did you know that macaroni refers to the type of dough used rather than the shape of the noodle? Unlike other pastas, dough macaroni is made without eggs. Macaroni is derived from the Italian word “maccherone,” which means “squashed,” and may allude to the process of making macaroni. Not all macaroni has that curving elbow shape, but they do come in a variety of shapes, all of which having the unmistakable hollow hole in the middle.
Macaroni is a popular pasta noodle that may be found in a variety of cuisines. Many people enjoy macaroni salads, with various toppings based on personal preference.
The Mornay sauce is another crucial component of this Baked Macaroni. The Mornay sauce is made out of a variety of cheeses. It’s typically found in recipes like macaroni and cheese and lasagna –– a white sauce bursting with delectable, cheesy flavors that you’ll want to wallow in.
The Mornay sauce adds creaminess to your Baked Macaroni recipe, while the beef and other vegetables provide a salty and savory contrast. You have a perfect bite of Baked Macaroni when everything comes together in your tongue.
If this is your first time cooking this dish, don’t worry, the ingredients will be provided below.
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— 1 lb elbow macaroni uncooked
For The Meat Sauce:
— 3 tablespoon butter
— 1 lb ground beef
— 1 ½ cup tomatoes diced (in can)
— 1 piece onions diced
— 1/2 cup green bell pepper diced
— 1/2 cup tomato paste
— 1 teaspoon paprika
— 1 piece beef cube
— 1 cup water
— 1 tablespoon sugar
— Salt and pepper to taste
For The Mornay Sauce:
— 3 tbsp butter
— 3 tbsp all-purpose flour
— 2 cups fresh milk
— 1/4 teaspoon salt
— 1 ounce parmesan cheese grated
— 2 ounces sharp cheddar cheese grated
Cooking Baked Macaroni: A Step-by-Step Guide
1. Prepare the elbow macaroni according to package directions, but reduce the cooking time so that the macaroni is not totally cooked (the macaroni will be fully cooked after baking), then drain and leave aside.
2. Warm a cooking pot and add the butter to make the meat sauce.
3. Add the ground beef to the hot butter and cook for 5 minutes, or until the color turns medium brown.
4. Stir in the onion, green bell pepper, and diced tomatoes, and cook for another 3 minutes, or until the veggies are tender.
5. Stir in the tomato paste and paprika, then simmer for another minute.
6. Stir in the beef cube and water until all of the ingredients are evenly distributed. Cook for 20 minutes on low heat.
7. Mix in the sugar, salt, and pepper until everything is well combined. Remove the pan from the heat and set it aside.
8. Melt the butter in a sauce pan over medium heat to make the Mornay sauce.
9. Stir continually for about a minute after adding the flour (color must be yellowish and not brown).
10. Slowly whisk in the milk, whisking constantly until the sauce thickens and boils.
11. Simmer for 2 to 3 minutes after adding salt and pepper.
12. Whisk in the cheeses until they are completely melted. Set aside.
13. In a baking dish, combine the cooked macaroni and meat sauce and toss until the meat sauce is evenly spread.
14. Arrange the macaroni on a plate and top with the Mornay sauce. (Make sure the Mornay sauce is evenly distributed over the macaroni and meat sauce mixture.)
15. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and bake for 15 to 20 minutes.
16. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool.