Baked Macaroni & Cheese

My  last attempt of baked pasta and cheese didn't turn out too moist. So I decided to try making Baked Macaroni & Cheese for a Christmas dinner with family friends. I know my friend's son loves my baked pasta (tomato based sauce). So this time, I decided to make Macaroni & Cheese instead. 

This time, the macaroni & cheese was moist and very cheesy too. My friends and their children loved it. Here's how I made the moist Baked Macaroni & Cheese.
Recipe for Baked Macaroni & Cheese
(Makes for 10 persons)

500g Elbow pasta, cooked till al dente, drained and set aside
Some olive oil
2 cloves Garlic, chopped coarsely
300g Bacon, cooked till fragrant
1 can Button mushrooms, sliced
500g Cooking cream (20% fats)
350g Whole milk
Salt to taste
Some herbs, eg. Mixed herbs
300g Shredded Red Cheddar Cheese
300g Shredded White Cheddar Cheese
300g Shredded Mozzarella Cheese (for baking)
150g Shredded Red Cheddar Cheese (for baking)


1. Heat up a large wok. Add olive oil, followed by garlic to saute. 
2. Add in mushrooms and stir fried for a while before adding the cooked bacon to mix.
3. Add in cooking cream, followed by whole milk and stir to mix well. Add in salt and some mixed herbs if using.
4. Add in the elbow pastas. Mix well with the cream sauce.
5. Add in 300g of red cheddar cheese. Stir well to mix. Add in 300g of white cheddar cheese and mix well. It will become cheesy.
6. When all the cheese has melted and mix in, scoop them into baking dish. I used two glass baking dish of approximiately 9"x9" size. Or you may use one 9" x 13" baking dish.
7. Topped up the macaroni with the 150g shredded red cheddar cheese and mozzarella cheese and spread them out well.
8. Bake in the preheated oven of 190C for 20-23mins or until the cheese on top turns brown.
9. Remove and serve immediately.

I'm submitting this to 'Baby Sumo's Christmas Recipes Collection 2013hosted by Baby Sumo of  Eat Your Heart Out.


AL TAN said...
December 26, 2013 at 8:11 AM

I remember cooking the same recipe when I was in secondary school but I just used the mozarella without the cheddar cheese. I have Vega cheddar cheese at home now, so I can't wait to try them too.

Passionate About Baking said...
December 26, 2013 at 8:40 AM

Hi AL Tan,
I realised that to make it really cheesy, it's important to have a good quantity of cheese to mix with the elbow pasta. And I usually like to add both (red) cheddar and mozzarella cheese when I do the topping, whether it's for baked pasta or baked rice. Do try it and let me know if you like it.

Baby Sumo said...
December 27, 2013 at 1:30 PM

Hubby was also thinking of making this for our Christmas lunch. The cheesier the better for us :)

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Thx for linking it to my Christmas event -Yen

Passionate About Baking said...
December 27, 2013 at 2:43 PM

Thanks for hosting a X'mas theme, Baby Sumo. I also like my macaroni & cheese very cheesy.

Passionate About Baking said...
December 27, 2013 at 2:43 PM

Thanks for hosting a X'mas theme, Baby Sumo. I also like my macaroni & cheese very cheesy.

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