Super Yummy Baked Macaroni Recipe

A holiday favorite in our home, this Pinoy style tomato-based mac and cheese with loads of ground meat and mushroom is definitely a winner.  Think of it as a fusion of mac and cheese and lasagna.  Served with garlic bread, this dish is super duper delicious and of course, very easy to prepare.
Pinoy Baked Macaroni
Here are the ingredients:
1.  Pasta, 500 g (Traditional elbow macaroni is recommended but you can also use penne rigate, rotini, or even farfelle.)
2.  A small can of liver spread
3.  Two medium-sized green and red bell peppers, diced
4.  Dried basil leaves (You can also use fresh basil leaves.)
5.  About a cup of sliced button mushrooms
6.  Beef buillion cubes
7.  Tabasco sauce
8.  500-mL Italian spaghetti sauce
9.  Ground pork or beef
10.  A cup of onions, chopped
Pinoy Baked Macaroni
For the bechamel sauce, you will need the following:
1.  One block of cheese, grated
2.  500-mL full-cream milk
3.  Nutmeg
4.  One-fourth block of butter
5.  One tablespoonful of all-purpose flour
6.  One-fourth cup of Parmesan cheese
You will also need salt, pepper, and 1 bay leaf :)
Pinoy Baked Macaroni
Let's get cooking!  First, cook your pasta to al dente according to package instructions.  You can also add two to three pieces of crushed garlic on boling water to add more flavor.  Stir occasionally to prevent sticking.  Drain and set aside.
Pinoy Baked Macaroni
In a separate pan, put ground pork or beef.  Cook until brown then add in a piece of bullion cube plus the chopped onions.  Cook until the onions become translucent.
Pinoy Baked Macaroni
Now, add the diced bell peppers, mushrooms, and liver spread.  Cook for a few minutes then season with dried or fresh basil and black pepper.
Pinoy Baked Macaroni
Next, add the prepared spaghetti sauce plus a splash of Tabasco sauce.  Simmer slowly for a few minutes until cooked.  Your red sauce is done!  Add in your pasta to your sauce, place in a microwave oven-safe glass baking dish, and set aside.Pinoy Baked Macaroni
Now for the white/bechamel sauce, get a separate pan.  On low heat, melt the butter.  Once melted, add the flour.  Stir constantly until it turns golden sandy color.  Now that your roux is ready, slowly add in your cold milk stirring constantly to avoid lumps.  Add more milk as necessary then add your grated cheddar and Parmesan cheese and stir, stir, stir.  Stirring constantly under low heat is key to achieve silky and smooth mixture.  Season with black pepper, nutmeg,  and salt together with a dried bay leaf.  Simmer under very low heat.  Make sure to remove the bay leaf once the sauce is cooked.
Pinoy Baked Macaroni
Pour the white sauce over to your cooked pasta in red sauce and place in the microwave for 5 minutes on high or until the white sauce turns super gooey.
Pinoy Baked Macaroni
Serve with cheesy garlic bread (see recipe here) and enjoy!
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20 comments:

  1. Bookmarked this one! :) I'll try this sometime soon, I really love to learn cooking pasta and I like your version of garlic bread.

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  2. This is also a winner in our household but yours is done a little bit differently. Love this!! I love parmesan! :)

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    1. yup! favorite ata talaga ng mga pinoys basta may occasion ang pasta ;)

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  3. Just bookmarked your post sis! I wanna try this soon, maybe this new year sana :D Thanks for the recipe, it looks like those from restos :)

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    1. thanks sis! happy new year! will be following your blog ;)

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  4. I'll be cooking pasta for NYE, will try adding liver spread, i guess it will make it more flavorful and savory, ooh i'm so excited :)

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    1. yep! the liver spread really gives that extra oomph ;) let me know how it goes. happy new year!

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  5. Drooling here sis, it really looks so yummy. I like to prepare this for my sons up coming birthday. Thanks for sharing :)

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  6. Yum! Been making the menu for New Year's feast and was resigned to making spaghetti again. Good thing I got to read this. Will definitely try this.:)
    Happy holidays!

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    1. yay! hope you and your family like it :) happy new year!

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  7. Looks yummy! Will try this sometime. ^_^

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  8. Hmmmm looks really yummy!! I love mac and cheese but we cook the instant one and I'd love to try this one day. :)

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  9. Yes, it does look very Yummy! I'll have to try this. My husband makes a baked mac and cheese to die for, sometimes it needs to be switched up! Maybe I can have a staple in this fam. Thanks for linking up with Countdown in Style.

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    1. you're welcome and thank you too! :)

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  10. This is so unique. I've never seen a mac n cheese recipe with mushrooms and meat and these other awesome ingredients. It looks amazing! Thanks for sharing with us at Countdown in Style! Don't forget to stop by Friday to see if you are featured! xo

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    1. this is how filipinos cook baked macaroni, usually tomato based with meat and lots of cheese :)

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