Macaroni and cheese is one of the most popular side dishes eaten by children worldwide aside from French fries. Although loved as a side dish, it can also be eaten as a main meal. Many people might not know that this dish did not originate in the United States but in the United Kingdom. If you’re from the Caribbean, then you will very likely be extremely familiar with this dish. Known as macaroni pie in several West Indian territories, the dish is made simply by baking macaroni mixed with cheese and topped with breadcrumbs. The simple and straightforward recipe for making appetizing baked mac n’ cheese is…
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1/2 pound of elbow macaroni
- 1 medium onion, finely chopped
- 1 cup of cheddar cheese, grated
- 1 cup of mozzarella cheese, grated
- 1 cup of Parmesan cheese, grated
- 1/2 cup of seasoned breadcrumbs
- Salt, to taste
- Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- Start off by preheating the oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C).
- After you have preheated the oven, add some water to a large pot and bring to a boil. Add some salt, a teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil and the macaroni. Stir occasionally to avoid clumping and cook the macaroni until it is tender or for about 10 minutes.
- While the macaroni is cooking, melt the butter in another large pot over medium heat. Once the butter has melted, add the all purpose flour and stir until the mixture starts to bubble. Add the milk, black pepper, cayenne pepper, parsley flakes, fresh thyme leaves and paprika, and simmer for 10 minutes making sure to stir constantly. Once the sauce thickens, add 3/4 of the mixed cheeses and stir until the cheeses have melted.
- After the cheeses have melted, add the macaroni to the cheese sauce and mix well. Add the mustard, hot pepper sauce and ketchup to taste and mix thoroughly.
- Spray a large baking dish with non-stick cooking spray and transfer the mac n’ cheese to the dish. Top with the seasoned breadcrumbs and remaining cheese and bake for 30 minutes or until the cheese has melted and appears golden brown, and the dish is bubbling around the edges. Allow the dish to cool for 5 minutes before serving.