Tiffin Treats – Baked Macaroni And Cheese

Preparing my son’s evening tiffin/dinner meals is always a challenging task. I have had numerous requests for tiffin varieties for toddlers and children and they all voice the same opinion – we need variety, variety or more variety of healthy and delicious tiffins/meals!

Yesterday, I prepared a cheesy macaroni casserole for Nehal, a recipe I adapted from Sanjeev Kapoor’s cookery show. Easy to prepare – a lively merger of sauteed onions, capsicum, garlic and tomatoes, combined with boiled macaroni, topped with white sauce, garnished with cheese and finally baked to perfection. A comforting hearty casserole sure to get your child asking for more.

Baked Macaroni And Cheese Recipe

Recipe Source: Adapted from Sanjeev Kapoor’s Cookery Show

Preparation: 40 mts

Serves 3-4 persons



2 cups boiled elbow macaroni

1 1/2 tbsp olive oil

1 large onion, finely chopped

1 bell pepper, finely sliced

6-7 garlic flakes, crushed

1 large tomato

fistful of boiled sweet corn (optional)

salt to taste

freshly ground pepper as per taste

big pinch mustard pwd (optional)

1 tbsp grated cheese for garnish

1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley for garnish

For white sauce:

1 tbsp maida

1 tbsp butter

1 cup low fat milk (room temp)

1 tbsp grated cheese

salt and pepper to taste

1 Cook macaroni in salted rapidly boiling water until al dente, drain and keep aside.
2 Heat olive oil in a vessel, add the onions, capsicum and crushed garlic and saute till transparent. Add the chopped tomato and salt.
3 Cook for 8-10 mts, stirring once in a while. Add the boiled corn and combine.
4 While the onion-tomato base cooks, prepare the white sauce. Heat a pan, on low flame, add the butter and let it melt. Add maida and keep stirring using a hand whisk over a low flame till well blended. Slowly add the milk, stirring continuously. Next add the grated cheese. On medium heat continue to stir until you have a nice smooth consistency sauce. Once in a while, remove the vessel away from the heat for a few seconds and place it back while stirring. Season with salt and pepper. Keep aside.
5 Next add the boiled macaroni to the cooked onion-tomato base and toss for 2-3 minutes stirring well to coat. Adjust salt, season with freshly ground pepper, mustard pwd and sprinkle some grated cheese. Turn off heat.
6 Remove macaroni onto a baking dish and spoon the prepared white sauce along the edges of the dish. Garnish with grated cheese. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 200 degrees C for 10 mts.


You can prepare this with fussili or farfalle also.

Tiffin Treats – Baked Macaroni And Cheese

  Prepare time:
 Serves: 2

 Main Ingredients:

  •  macaroni


29 thoughts on “Tiffin Treats – Baked Macaroni And Cheese

  1. I love Mac and cheese. I make something similar, but with different varieties of pastas. They all taste great. I will have to try with elbow macaroni sometime..thanks for sharing…

  2. I make something very similar & it tastes so good. I just checked out your spaghetti in tomato-yougurt sauce. I’ve never used yogurt in a spaghetti/pasta before. I am going to try that out when I can.

  3. hey sailu
    looks really yummy!have tried out diff pastas and white sauce with veggies separately but wow!……. both combined,just delicious…will try this wknd! just love ur recipes! thanks a lot!

  4. I like the Indianised way of macaroni, I too like my pasta with some indian flavours in it, though never tried macaroni pasta till now. Nice photos Sailu!

  5. hey Sailu, this looks great!! reminded me of a place called “Kalyan” in Baroda India…their baked macaroni was just unparalleled in this world!! oh, now i need to make it!!

  6. Wow! lovely site and recipes you have here. Will definitely be trying out some of them. Are you also a web designer by any chance? You have done a great job with your site.

  7. Hi! Sailaja, I tried out this dish today and the results were amazing. Even though, I deviated a bit from the original recipe(I did not bake it), it was awesome. My family just loved it. Keep up the good work and thanks for all the yummy recipes.

  8. Oh good, Candida answered my question. I don’t have an oven so was contemplating a coupla rounds in the microwave. But if it works without baking, why not?

  9. hi sailu, i made baked macaroni and cheese recipe, almost one month ago. my parents and sis loved it. they want more. even i want more. i made in less amount that was the reason we ate little but want more. take care. keep up the good work once again. god bless.

  10. Thanks for the great recipe…. Well i am new to cooking, so want to know which cheese you have used, is it mozzarella or the normal cheese you find at dairy shops….

    I used Amul Cheese Cubes, Amit.

  11. it looks very yummy. i like mac very much. i will try it. i like to try different types of mac in different styles. thanks for the recipe.

  12. Made this for dinner tonight and it turned out awesome.
    Since I couldn’t find cheese cubes, I used Amul cheese slices while preparing the white sauce as well as for garnishing. The final result was loved by all. Thanks Sailaja for sharing this innovative dish :-)!

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