Baked Macaroni Recipe

Baked Macaroni is a great comfort food to enjoy with loved ones. With meat, vegetables, tomatoes, and cheese, this baked macaroni recipe is a fun and easy meal to make when you’re craving that little bite of comfort. The layers of complexity to this dish’s flavor are accented by how compact and put together the finished product is!

Another favorite, especially during the holidays, is the Chicken and Egg Macaroni Salad. You can serve this dish upon cooking, or chilled, depending on how you like to eat it! A lot of people pair this salad with crispy fried chicken for that amazing combination of sweet and salty.

Upon first glance, Baked Macaroni may seem like just a combination of mac and cheese –– like the popular American dish. But don’t be fooled! This Baked Macaroni Recipe is like a cross between the classic mac and cheese and another pasta dish: lasagna. Just as cheese and elbow macaroni are important to this recipe, meat and other vegetables make it a more filling and nutritious dish, for consumers young and old!’

A Step By Step Baked Macaroni Recipe

  1. The Noodles

There are two sauces to make for this Baked Macaroni Recipe: one is your meat sauce, and the other, your white Mornay sauce. But firstly –– we can’t forget to prepare the actual macaroni! Cook your elbow macaroni according to package instructions, but intentionally cut the cooking time so that your macaroni is just almost, but not quite well done. This is to avoid making it overcooked once we put it in the oven later. Don’t forget to salt your pasta water! Once your time is up, drain your macaroni and set it aside.

The next thing to add is your beef cube and water, and from there you have all the ingredients of your Baked Macaroni recipe’s meat sauce in the pot! Stir until you’ve well distributed all your ingredients, and let it simmer for 20 minutes.

  1. The Mornay Sauce

The second important sauce in this Baked Macaroni Recipe is the cheesy, creamy Mornay. Start preparing by melting your butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add in your flour gradually, stirring it well and carefully for about a minute. The color we’re aiming for here is a yellowish, not brown. Whisk in your 2 cups of fresh milk until your sauce thickens and comes to a boil. Add salt and pepper to taste, letting the pot simmer for 2 to 3 minutes.

Arrange the meaty macaroni and spread the Mornay sauce across the whole dish! It’s important that you cover every space of the macaroni and meat mixture with Mornay –– almost like you’re adding another layer of lasagna. Once the oven is at 350 degrees, let your Baked Macaroni stay in the oven for about 15 to 20 minutes.

Let us know what you think of this awesome Baked Macaroni Recipe!

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