Baked Macaroni & Cheese Recipe : Delicious Cheesy Italian Dish!

The yellow glowing Baked Macaroni and Cheese dish is amongst those dishes which are cherished by people of all age group. The classic Baked Macaroni & Cheese recipe is a one-dish meal that can instantly hit the cheesy craving of taste buds. The easy to make dish is delicious and rich with flavour of cheese which is a wonder to eat. The preparation is simple and quick, all you require is to boil pasta and make the cheese sauce paste. To make the sauce, simply melt butter, whisk the flour in butter, combine the cheese and stir well.

Baked Macaroni & Cheese

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  • Recipe Category: Italian Recipe
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Serves: 4

Description: This Creamy macaroni pasta with the combination of cheddar cheese in white sauce takes the heart away with its cheesy taste and refreshing flavours. The sprinkle of spice powders and drizzle of hot sauce makes this baked macaroni one of the best Italian dish. The core ingredients of this dish are cooked macaronic, white sauce and the bread crumbs topping which gives us the delicious crunchy bite with an extra taste.

Baked Macaroni and cheese Pasta Recipe

Baked Macaroni and Cheese Recipe Ingredients:

Pasta:

  • Macaroni – 1 cup (1 packet )
  • Salt – ½ tsp.
  • Water – 4 cups (for boiling)

Note: The macaroni is also called as shells or cavatappi. The original macaroni is known as elbow macaroni. The macaroni is available in the market, but it can also be prepared at home.

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It would take 1 litre of water for the entire 1 pack of pasta.

Cheese Sauce:

  • Butter / Spread – 3 tbsp.
  • Occident Flour – 2 tbsp.
  • Shredded Cheese – 1 ¼ cups
  • Blacker Pepper Powder – ½ tsp.
  • Milk – 2 cups
  • Nutmeg Powder – a pinch (optional)
  • Salt – as required

Note: You may use any flour, but the all-purpose flour is best to use.

You can use the combination of cheese like cheddar cheese, Swiss cheese, Gouda cheese or American cheese. The total proportion of cheese should be 1.25 cups, either you use one kind of cheese or different cheeses. If you want you may use only mozzarella or parmesan cheese for the dish.

The market term for butter spread is Margarine. If you do not have nutmeg powder, then skip adding it.

Always use the cold milk for making the cheese sauce. You can boil the milk and then refrigerate before using.

Bread Crumb Mixture:

  • Bread Crumbs – ¼ cup
  • Melted Butter – 1 tsp.

Note: If you do not have bread crumbs, then take the two slices of bread, cut the edges of the bread. Break the bread into small pieces and grind it to the fine powder. This grounded mixture from bread is bread crumbs.

Other:

  • Garlic Bread – ¼ cup (serving)
  • Shredded Cheese – 2 tbsp. (topping)

Note: You can have any other spices or sauces for seasoning the pasta.

Baked Macaroni and Cheese Recipe Steps:

Bread Crumb Topping:

  • Take the approximately 1 tsp. of butter in a mixing bowl and melt it in a microwave or with on flame with the help of double boiler.
  • When the butter is melted, transfer the bread crumbs to this bowl and mix it well with the help of a spatula.
  • Combine the bread powder with the melted butter evenly and keep the mixture aside to cool for some time.

Note: To avoid melting the butter, you can use the butter spread.

Cook the Pasta:

  • Boil the 4 cups of water in a pot till it reaches the boiling point.
  • When the bubbles start forming, sprinkle the ½ tsp. of salt and then add pasta into the pot.
  • Allow them to cook until they become mushy.
  • When the pasta is completely cooked and have become soft, turn off the flame.
  • Drain off the extra water and keep them aside to cool down.

Note: If you are using the pasta which you have bought from the market, then before you cook your pasta read the instruction on the packet.

You can use the colander or strainer for removing the excess water.

Make Cheese Sauce:

  • Take a saucepan and melt the 3 tbsp. of butter or spread over a low flame.
  • When the butter has melted, add the 2 tbsp. of sieved flour in this pan.
  • Stir well for 2-3 minutes till the mixture gets the fine brown coloured texture. Keep stirring as quickly as you can to avoid the flour from getting burnt.
  • Take precaution that you the flour is cooked evenly and no part of the flour is left uncooked.
  • Sauté the flour well till the fragrant aroma starts to release.
  • When you see the bubbles forming from the flour, lower the flame and pour in the milk ½ cup of milk. Again stir well the mixture.
  • Keep on stirring the sauce mixture with one hand and add milk in regular intervals to make the smooth paste like texture.
  • With the addition of milk, you have to whisk properly to remove the lumps.
  • Keep on stirring and adding the milk till you add 2 cups of milk in the cheese paste.
  • As the milk will get mixed with the flour and become warm, the mixture will attain the thick consistency.
  • When the sauce thickens, turn off the flame and put the pan down.
  • Wait for a while, let the mixture cool down. After some time, add the 1 ¼ cup of shredded cheese mixture to the white sauce and whisk again.
  • You have to again stir and allow cheese to melt in the sauce paste.
  • The cheese has to entirely melt in your white sauce mixture.
  • Sprinkle a pinch of nutmeg powder, ¼ tsp. of black pepper powder and season the cheese sauce with the pinch of salt.
  • Stir well the mixture and check the taste.
  • Now again cook this sauce for 5-6 minutes to have the thick paste.
  • Lastly, this will make the sauce smooth.

Note: It is advisable to use the thick-bottomed pan.

The milk should be chilled, as the warm milk can form lumps in the mixture.

You can also sprinkle a pinch of mustard powder in your cheese sauce.

The addition of flour thicken the sauce, but if you are in hurry then skip the use of flour.

If you want to skip the baking step then you can simply mix the cooked pasta in the white cheese sauce you prepared and serve directly.  But, if you want to bake your pasta, then check the below-mentioned process.

Baking the Mac & Cheese Pasta:

  • If you want to bake your paste, then it is essential that you first pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees F / 175 degrees C.
  • Take the pan or the skillet large enough to hold the paste.
  • Now in this pan, add the cooked macaroni and the pour the white cheese sauce which you prepared.
  • With the help of a spatula, stir well to coat each macaroni evenly with the white sauce.
  • Then, take casserole dish or baking dish the grease its surface with the butter.
  • Transfer the mixture of macaroni and cheese sauce from the pan to baking dish. Fold the pasta properly with the white sauce.
  • Top the above layer of the mac & cheese sauce with the bread crumb and butter mixture.
  • Sprinkle some black pepper and 3 tsp. of shredded cheese over this layer of bread crumb.
  • Keep the pan in oven for 50 minutes to bake.
  • Wait till the cheese melts and become golden in colour.
  • Keep checking the oven and the baking dish. Avoid over-heating. The dish may be cooked in less than 50 minutes.
  • Remove the tray from the oven, keep it out and wait for 5 minutes. Let the baked cheese macaroni attain the room temperature.

And the warm, bubbly, creamy Baked Macaroni and Cheese is ready to eat!

Note: It is preferred to use a thin dish for baking the macaroni as the time requires to bake reduces. There is no harm if you have the thicker dish, it will simply increase the baking time.

Additional Information:

  • Calories: 600 calories
  • Total Time: PT50M
  • Date Published:

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When you are longing to have something cheesy and your tummy needs little comfort with food but you’re short on time, you can try this cheesy baked pasta dish. It gets ready within an hour and you can instantly satisfy your hunger for cheese. The recipe for Baked Macaroni and Cheese is easy to follow and gets prepared in few simple steps. For all the cheese lovers, follow the recipe to rejoice its exotic flavours.

You can tweak with the traditional way to make the mac & cheese macaroni and give it the touch of your personalised flavors. You may mix in various veggies of your choice, combine your favourite cheese variety and pair it with the delicious topping. The trick here is to make the cheese sauce with perfect consistency. Once you made the sauce, then you just have to mix the pasta and bake it. There are a lot of versatile methods to make this one meal star dish at home, you may choose to follow the one you prefer.

Remarks:

  • The Recipe for Baked Macaroni and Cheese requires approximately takes 40-50 minutes to cook.
  • There is flexibility in the type of cheese you want to use. You may also add vegetables or meat according to your preference.
  • You may prefer to have to cheese sauce of thin consistency rather than thick. You can be flexible with the texture and taste of the white cheese sauce.
  • You can also add different vegetables in the recipe to make the Veg Baked Mac & Cheese Pasta. Cook the veggies separately and combine them in the step when you mix the pasta with the white sauce.
  • For the extra flavours, add in paprika or red peppers or cayenne peppers. You can also mix the bay leaf in your sauce while cooking and remove it later.
  • If you like the taste of corn (which is sweet), then add finely chopped sweet corns to your white cheese sauce.
  • You can make the same dish with the Red Pasta Sauce.
  • Do not buy the shredded cheese from the market, always get the cheese and grate it at home before you want to use it.

 

Garnishing:

Serve hot the delicious baked macaroni and cheese with garlic bread along with a soft drink. Also, pair this cheesy macaroni with any healthy salad having veggies such as Cucumber, Lettuce, Tomato, Olives, and Onion. You may even have it with the tomato ketchup.

Drizzle various sauces like Honey Mustard, Chipotle South West, and Red Chili to enhance the flavours of your macaroni.

Garnish the cheesy baked macaroni dish with:

  • Cilantro Leaves
  • Cheddar Orange Cheese

 

Quick Tip:
  • Try to sprinkle the Oregano and the chilli flakes for the seasoning of the pasta.
  • Instead of various spice powders, you can use the Italian Seasoning which is the ready-mix of herbs.
  • For the weekend brunch, have it with juice.
  • If you want to keep your mac & cheese hot, then cover the tray with aluminium foil.

 

Time Serving Calories
 50  minutes  3 to 4 people  600 calories

For the quick version of the recipe check here:

Simply cook the pasta in the warm salted water. Then, heat the milk and add the butter. In this paste, mix the cooked pasta and season it with salt. You can sprinkle some herbs and spice powders if you want. Mix everything well and add the shredded cheese. Stir well for 5 minutes and switch off the flame. You can eat the pasta as they are or keep for baking. This recipe gets prepare instantly when compared with the use of flour.

There are few tips to keep in mind while you making the cheese sauce for the first time:

  • During the entire cooking of the sauce, you flame should be on low.
  • Refrain from making the sauce in the thin bottomed sauce pan. If you do so, then there are chances for your flour or milk to burn.
  • Do not use the hot milk for adding to the sauce, as it will form lumps.
  • It is crucial to keep stirring or whisking the sauce continuously.
  • If your sauce has become thick and you want thin consistency, then add water or hot milk. And if your sauce is too thin and you desire thick consistency, then mix in some flour.
  • Always combine cheese to the sauce in the last and when your saucepan is not on the flame.

This is such kind of dish, which you can make and freeze it to have it later. When your sauce is ready and your pasta is cooked, fold them evenly with each other. Pack in a zip-lock or transfer to a covered bowl and refrigerate it. When you want to eat it, take out from the fridge and bake it or microwave it for few minutes. In the case you are making this recipe before the time, you may need to add a little milk before you keep for the baking.

It gives delight of an amazing goodness of cheese and creamy sauce. It is a dish with high calories and high taste. The really easy to make and delicious cheese & mac is full of vitamins and proteins. The addition of different fibre rich veggies makes it a tummy filling dish with a good source of calcium. For the kick of spice, add some red peppers and chillies. You can choose any cheese your like or various types of cheeses you like along with the fresh veggies like broccoli and chopped tomatoes. You may top the layer of pasta with the plain bread crumbs or with the garlic bread crumbs. There are many endless possibilities of making this dish, Use the steps of the basic dish for preparing the pasta and give the twist to the sauce in a many ways.

The simplicity of the dish makes it suitable for beginners of cooking. Anyone can make it with ease and enjoy. Pair this comfort food with a hot soup in appetiser and a side salad to round this dish for a complete meal.

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