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.
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)
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.
A tray of Mac n Cheese (before baking)
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.
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Hi, i’m going to try the receipe u provide. would like to find out, what is the purpose of flour? can use other kinds of flour? is it ok if i don’t bake it? and eat it just like tt? cos I wanna do the kenny roger’s style, and find this quite smiliar to it. :)
The flour is used to thicken the mixture, and added before adding milk else it will be lumpy. Yea u can try no-bake, though I’m not sure if it will be similar to Kenny Roger’s taste. Omit the cinnamon if you wanna be closer to their taste. let me know your feedback :)
Never would have thought to put cinnamon in mac and cheese. Tastes amazing, thank you!
Hi… I don’t have a food processor at home so what can I do to obtain breadcrumbs? I don’t see breadcrumbs being sold anywhere in Singapore…
Great help for my home econ project thanks
hi! just wanted to ask how to make the bread crumbs if i dun have a blender or food processor. would it work if i just chop it up??? btw, i love your website and would love more quickies since i’m a student! thanks :D
Hi lydia, I think you can chop as well, just do it as finely as possible. Hope it works!
Hi Wiffy, what’s the difference between using the kind of oven dish that you have here and a pyrex or a white porcelain baking dish (both of which I have and am thinking if they will work just as well)?
no difference at all, as long as it is oven-safe :)
Do you think I can add in one more cup of milk to make it more creamy? It looks a bit dry on the picture.
love cheese!…i’ll add this to my list
Hi, can I know what flour is that?
Hi, I’m using plain flour.