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Easy Baked Macaroni

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aked Macaroni is a pasta dish that makes use of elbow macaroni as the primary ingredient. At first look, this could be mistaken as the famous Macaroni and Cheese but there is more to this dish than just having pasta and cheese. Meat is one of its most important components. Ground beef is usually used but others prefer ground pork, ground chicken, and even minced ham. Being a tomato based pasta, Baked Macaroni uses diced tomatoes (or tomato sauce) and tomato paste as well. Capsicum (or bell pepper) and paprika are optionally added to add more flavor and aroma. The description above makes a regular Baked Macaroni but adding the Mornay sauce (or white sauce as we usually call it) makes it more special. This is a cheese and milk sauce made by combining a roux with milk and adding parmesan and gruyere cheese (or sharp cheddar if gruyere is not available). Then you€™ll have rich and creamy pasta ready for baking.
Ingredients
  Elbow macaroni 1 Pound
  Ground beef 1 Pound
  Canned tomatoes 1 1⁄2 Cup (24 tbs), diced
  Onions 1 Small, diced
  Green bell pepper 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs), diced
  Tomato paste 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Paprika 1 Teaspoon
  Beef cube 1
  Water 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Sugar 1 Tablespoon
  Pepper To Taste
  Butter 3 Tablespoon
  All purpose flour 3 Tablespoon
  Fresh milk 2 Cup (32 tbs)
  Salt 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Parmesan cheese 1 Ounce, grated
  Sharp cheddar cheese 2 Ounce, grated
Directions

1. Prepare the elbow macaroni according to instructions in the package and intentionally cut the cooking time so that the macaroni is not well done (the macaroni will be fully cooked once baked) then drain and set aside.
2. Cook the Meat sauce.
2.1. Heat the cooking pot and put-in the butter.
2.2. When the butter is hot enough, add the ground beef and cook for 5 minutes or until the color turns medium brown.
2.3. Add the onion, green bell pepper, and diced tomatoes then stir and simmer for 3 minutes or until the vegetables are soft.
2.4. Add the tomato paste and paprika then stir and cook for a minute
2.5. Add the beef cube and water then stir until everything is well distributed. Simmer for 20 minutes.
2.6. Put-in the sugar, salt, and pepper then mix well. Turn of the heat and set aside.
3. Cook the Mornay sauce
3.1 In a saucepan place the butter and allow to melt over medium heat.
3.2 Add the flour stir constantly for about a minute (color must be yellowish and not brown).
3.3 Slowly whisk in the milk and continue to whisk until the sauce thickens and comes to a boil.
3.4 Add salt and pepper then simmer for 2 to 3 minutes.
3.5 Stir in the cheeses and whisk until melted.
4. Combine the cooked macaroni and meat sauce in a baking dish then toss until the meat sauce is well distributed.
5. Arrange the macaroni and pour the Mornay sauce over it. (Spread the Mornay sauce over the macaroni and meat sauce mixture ensuring that every space is covered)
6. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and bake for about 15 to 20 minutes.
7. Remove from the oven and allow to cool down a bit.
8. Serve hot. Share and Enjoy!

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
Italian
Course: 
Main Dish
Taste: 
Savory
Method: 
Baked
Ingredient: 
Beef, Pasta
Restriction: 
High Fiber, High Protein
Servings: 
2
In this video, your very own Filipino Chef is showing a delicious Italian Baked Macaroni recipe. If you are a Filipino, then you are fortunate enough to have this recipe in your own language but if you are not then this video would not be of much use to you.

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