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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Quick Baked Macaroni And Cheese

Some food combinations always seem to spurn a million different recipes. Macaroni & Cheese is certainly one of them. At Help! I Have A Fire In My Kitchen, we have quite a few Mac & Cheese recipes (click here to view them.)

So once again I am going to return to this recipe, quick and easy, no messing around, no fudging around, and something that can feed a few people in about 90 minutes. And also certainly something that will last in your fridge for a few days.

Quick Baked Macaroni & Cheese



Ingredients:
  1. One box or bag of Pasta noodles, in a any shape you like them and can be spinach pasta as well.
  2. 2.5-3 cups of grated cheese - any type you like (or you can mix some different ones.)
  3. 1 Tablespoon of Olive Oil or butter

Utensils You Need:
  1. Pot to boil the noodles
  2. Colander - (a metal or plastic container with a perforated bottom, for draining and straining foods.)
  3. Oven ready dish to bake the Macaroni and Cheese
Directions:
  1. Boil the macaroni in water until soft. (Usually 10 minutes). Remember to put enough water in there so it covers the macaroni and does not boil out. (Wish to thank Kali for her comment in pointing out an error in my typing here. Also she suggests putting salt in the boiling water.)
  2. Take the pot with the macaroni, and pour it into the colander.
  3. Put either one Tablespoon of olive oil or melted butter on bottom of the oven ready dish. Cover it entirely. (This insures it does not burn and will create a crunchy crust on the bottom.)
  4. Dump the macaroni in the oven ready dish.
  5. Take 1/2-1 cup of cheese and mix it in the macaroni.
  6. Place all the remaining cheese on top so that it totally covers the top of the macaroni in a neat layer.
  7. Cover the dish with aluminum foil.
  8. Turn your oven on to approximately 350ยบ Fahrenheit.
  9. Turn timer on for 45 minutes. Check the macaroni. If you want a more crusty layer, put it back in for another 15 minutes - with aluminum foil still on.
  10. More crusty? Take aluminum foil off and put in for 5 minute intervals. Keep your eye on it so top does not burn.
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It simply does not get much simpler than this. There are other more serious recipes up here at Help! I Have A Fire In My Kitchen, (click here to view them) and you can get fairly creative with additions of veggies and spices. But if you want to spend maybe 10 minutes in the kitchen, and while the pasta (macaroni) boils just do something else, and forget the whole big kitchen planning so you can do something else, this is the recipe for you.

3 Fire Comments - Click To Post A Comment:

Amrita said...

i 'm gonna try this with my indian cottage cheese called paneer. I 'll put some garlic and herbs in it.

kali said...

boil the macaroni for 20 mins?!?!? the instructions on the bag of elbow macaroni in my pantry say 8-10 mins. and remember, you're going to be cooking it even more in the oven, so you don't want to cook it to mush first. check the directions on the package for cooking time.

also, most commercial dry pasta needs some salt in the cooking water or it ends up tasting like boiled cardboard.

Teddy said...

Kali:

You are correct - my error. Will change it in the recipe itself.

Thanks for pointing this out :$

Teddy