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!

Mexican Macaroni

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.

Macaroni Mexican

Tiffin Treats – Baked Macaroni And Cheese

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  • http://www.aayisrecipes.com shilpa

    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…

  • http://thebuddingcook.blogspot.com/ TBC

    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.

  • http://hotandsweetbowl.blogspot.com/ sukanya

    WOW!…..This is looking great…..Lovely pictures…Looks so comforting….

  • http://ruchii.wordpress.com Madhu

    lovely mac and cheese, any kid will want to eat.

  • bujji

    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!

  • http://www.tastesofguyana.blogspot.com Cynthia

    This is bound to get children and even the adult-children to eat :)

  • http://www.meesosweetandspicy.blogspot.com meeso

    This is really unique…I will have to try it sometime for my daughter, it really looks and sounds good!

  • http://padmaskitchen.blogspot.com padma

    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!

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    Hi there I love your macaroni recipe. Lovely pictures :) Feel free to visit my blog too :) Click Here For Food Recipes

  • http://www.monaafzal.wordpress.com Mona

    Nice recipe Sailaja :-), Looks yummy.

  • http://funnfud.blogspot.com mansi

    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!!

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    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.

  • Candida. Jaiswal.

    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.

  • http://sunayanaroy.blogspot.com Sue

    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?

  • pouru

    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.

  • seemi

    i tried ur macaroni and cheese recipe and wow it was yummy. My kids loved it.keep up the good work.

  • amit

    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.

  • amit

    Thanks for replying and once again thanks for all this great recipes….

  • shikha

    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.

  • siri

    i want u to make some more recipies like this,all the best

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  • Shreya

    I just love ur recipie..
    Thanku for great recipies….itz Yummmmy….

  • Shreya

    I just love ur recipie..
    Thanku for great recipies….itz Yummmmy….

  • Shreya

    I just love ur recipie..
    Thanku for great recipies….itz Yummmmy….

  • Uma Sushanth

    loved the addition of sweet corn..

  • Devaki

    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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  • rukhsar

    Ur recipes r really good!!!!!! Will surely try.