Caribbean Macaroni Pie

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Baked macaroni is good, but why not try a macaroni and cheese pie? Furthermore, let me introduce you to the Caribbean macaroni pie recipe.

Good Macaroni And Cheese Pie

Let me give you all a disclaimer. This is not the mac and cheese that your Grandma used to make, and I know how all of you like to tussle, but this is not that blog.

I would go as far as saying that this Caribbean macaroni pie recipe is better than anything that your Grandma made, but bias is the real thing, and again, I am not trying to tussle with you all.

Caribbean Recipe

Speaking for a guy who was born and raised in Texas, this is a special recipe to me. Growing up, I was not introduced to anything outside the urban Texas culture.

This was especially true because I grew up in a small town.

Even to this day, I do not think that Marshall, Texas has a Caribbean restaurant, and if they do have one, that place definitely did not exist when I lived down there.

I was not introduced to Caribbean culture until I moved to the big city. Moreover, this is where I experienced my first major culture shock.

With gaining knowledge about multiple cultures, it was a bitter-sweet experience.

On one end, I was thankful for this experience. On the other end, I started to regret not expanding my mind to other cultures sooner.

Furthermore, as a foodie, I just had to try out these culture’s amazing food. Believe me when I tell you that none of them disappointed me.

Fast-forward to today, and we got ourselves the Caribbean macaroni pie recipe. This macaroni and cheese pie recipe is so delicious, and it puts a new spin on oven-baked macaroni and cheese.

Let me correct myself. This is not a new spin for some, but for Americans like myself, this right here is a game changer.

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Baked Macaroni And Cheese Vs Stovetop Macaroni And Cheese

It could be that I am a greedy little monster, but I thoroughly enjoy both oven-baked macaroni and cheese and stovetop macaroni and cheese.

The reason why I am comparing the two on this blog is that this macaroni and cheese pie recipe is basically oven-baked macaroni and cheese.

Back to comparing these two delicious dishes, it is hard for me to choose. When you bake the mac and cheese, you have a delicious crust on top of the macaroni.

The crust that is created has an amazing texture that feels so satisfying to eat.

Also, the crust is full of cheesy goodness that is so savory with every bite.

Furthermore, the baked mac and cheese will have eggs and any other ingredient that can bind the baked mac and cheese together.

Unlike baked mac and cheese, stovetop does not need a glue binding ingredient, and that dish is still delicious.

Time to make a grown-up decision now. I am not a child anymore, so I have to make tough choices.

Wow, coming to a conclusion for this is tougher than deciding which bill I’m going to pay for the month.

In a previous macaroni and cheese recipe, I picked the stovetop mac and cheese, for good reasons.

Taste-wise, they are equal for me, but stovetop mac and cheese is ready faster than baked mac and cheese.

When the stovetop macaroni and cheese is ready to go, you still have to put the baked mac and cheese in the oven, and nobody has time for that when they are hungry.

This time I am going with the baked mac and cheese, also known as the Caribbean macaroni pie, and here is why.

Yes, stovetop mac and cheese is more convenient to cook, but oven-baked macaroni and cheese bring something to the table that its stovetop counterpart cannot, and that is the crust.

This Caribbean macaroni and cheese pie recipe has a crust that is unique to this type of dish, and with the goodness that this crust brings, it is worth the wait.

My Favorite Side Dish

Disclaimer, I am not naming all the side dishes in the world, galaxy, or the universe. We would be here all night in that case.

In fact, I am not even going to name all the side dishes in the great state of Texas.

I am simply going to name whatever side dishes pop up in my head that I enjoy eating. So, here are a few of my favorite side dishes.

Is Baked Or Stovetop Macaroni And Cheese Better?

Health-wise, they are both not recommended for losing weight. Taste-wise, they are both recommended for your taste buds.

It is hard to say that one is better than the other. Also, this decision will be based on your preference. Either way, you should still try this Caribbean macaroni pie recipe

Best Cheeses To Use In The Caribbean Macaroni And Cheese Pie

The best cheeses to use for mac and cheese are Parmesan, Gruyère, Gouda, and we can’t forget sharp cheese, melting cheese, and cheddar.

The sharp cheese and melting cheese will be used for this recipe.

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Making The Caribbean Macaroni Pie Recipe

Serving size: 10

Macaroni Ingredients:

  • 8 oz Elbow Macaroni
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 3 1/4 cup Water

Cheese Sauce Ingredients:

  • 10 oz Melting Cheese, Cubed
  • 4 oz White Sharp Cheese, Shredded
  • 2 oz Unsalted Butter
  • 1 1/4 cup Evaporated Milk
  • 2 oz Onion, Diced
  • 1/4 tsp Mustard

Other Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup Plain Breadcrumbs
  • 2 oz Sharp Cheese, Shredded

Equipment

  • Pot
  • Stovetop
  • Mixing Spoon
  • Pasta Strainer
  • Oven
  • Casserole Dish

How To Make Macaroni Pie

Preparing Macaroni:

  1. Add water to the pot and heat it up to 400 F.
  2. After the water reaches a boiling point, add macaroni and salt to the hot water and cook on medium heat for about 15 mins.
  3. After 15 minutes, remove any excess water with a strainer.

Preparing Cheese Sauce:

  1. Add milk and salt to a pot and heat up t0 300 F degrees.
  2. Next, add the sharp cheese and melting cheese and cook on low heat until the cheese is fully melted.

Combining Macaroni and Cheese Sauce:

  1. Add cheese sauce to macaroni and stir.
  2. Next, add plain breadcrumbs and stir.
  3. Add macaroni mixture into a casserole baking dish.
  4. Bake for 20 to 25 mins at 400 F degrees.
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Caribbean Macaroni Pie

Baked macaroni is good, but why not try a macaroni and cheese pie? Furthermore, let me introduce you to the Caribbean macaroni pie recipe.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 15 mins
0 mins
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Caribbean
Servings 10
Calories 193 kcal

Supplies and Equipment

Ingredients
  

Macaroni Ingredients

  • 8 Oz Elbow Macaroni
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt
  • 3 1/4 Cup Water

Cheese Sauce Ingredients

  • 10 Oz Melting Cheese Cubed
  • 4 Oz White Sharp Cheese Shredded
  • 2 Oz Unsalted Butter
  • 1 1/4 Cup Evaporated Milk
  • 2 Oz Onion Diced
  • 1/4 Tsp Mustard

Other Ingredients

  • 3/4 Cup Plain Breadcrumbs
  • 2 Oz Sharp Cheese Shredded

Instructions
 

Preparing Macaroni

  • Add water to the pot and heat it up to 400 F.
  • After the water reaches a boiling point, add macaroni and salt to the hot water and cook on medium heat for about 15 mins.
  • After 15 minutes, remove any excess water with a strainer.

Preparing Cheese Sauce

  • Add milk and salt to a pot and heat up t0 300 F degrees.
  • Next, add the sharp cheese and melting cheese and cook on low heat until the cheese is fully melted.

Combining Macaroni and Cheese Sauce

  • Add cheese sauce to macaroni and stir.
  • Next, add plain breadcrumbs and stir.
  • Add macaroni mixture into a casserole baking dish.
  • Bake for 20 to 25 mins at 400 F degrees.

Nutrition

Calories: 193kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 7gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 27mgSodium: 195mgPotassium: 162mgFiber: 1gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 275IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 133mgIron: 1mg
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