Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Mac and Cheese (Macaroni and Cheese)

Macaroni, macaroni, mac and cheese..... My son keeps singing this song from Barney and friends. A very common dish with many variations. I have prepared mine keeping in mind the fussy eater who needs to be placated with a variety of tastes. I have used elbow mac, do use any shape that your kid loves.

A little about the Cheddar cheese used in this preparation-

Cheddar cheese is firm and made from cow's milk. It is a good source of vitamin B12. A slice (40 g) contains about 0.5 µg of vitamin B12 (required daily intake for an adult is 2.4 µg). It is usually pale yellow(off white) in colour with a sharp, salty, pungent flavour.


2 cups elbow macaroni
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
1 onion chopped
2 tomatoes chopped
3 flakes garlic crushed
salt to taste
freshly ground pepper

Cheddar Cheese sauce-

1 1/2 tbs butter
1 1/2 tbs flour
1 cup milk
1tsp freshly ground pepper
1 cup grated Cheddar

salt to taste
To prepare macaroni-
  • Boil macaroni in water and strain. Add cold water and strain again.
  • In a pan heat oil, and saute garlic and onions.
  • Add tomatoes and cook till juices blend.
  • Add the macaroni and mix well. Take it off the fire.
To prepare Cheddar cheese sauce-
  • Melt the butterand remove from heat.
  • Stir in flour and seasonings.
  • Gradually add milk, stirring until well mixed.
  • Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until thickened and smooth.
  • Cook for 5 minutes longer; add cheese. Stir until its smooth.
For Baking-
  • In a baking tray, spread a layer of the macaroni mixture and over it a layer of the sauce.
  • Keep adding layers alternatively making sure the last layer is of the sauce.
  • Layer some grated cheese and freshly ground pepper on the top.
  • Bake at 200 C for 10 minutes.
  • Leave to stand for 5 minutes and serve hot.
Macaroni and Cheese on Foodista


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  3. Hi Shirley,
    Can this be prepared without using oven?

    Please do let me know


  4. Hi Ratna,
    Good to see you! The baking helps to combine it well. You can prepare it without baking, and it will be like any other pasta and sauce dish.



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