Baked Macaroni Recipe

Baked Macaroni is a pasta dish that makes use of elbow macaroni as the primary ingredient. At first look, this could be mistaken as the famous Macaroni and Cheese but there is more to this dish than just having pasta and cheese.

Meat is one of its most important components. Ground beef is usually used but others prefer ground pork, ground chicken, and even minced ham. Being a tomato based pasta, Baked Macaroni uses diced tomatoes (or tomato sauce) and tomato paste as well. Capsicum (or bell pepper) and paprika are optionally added to add more flavor and aroma.

The description above makes a regular Baked Macaroni but adding the Mornay sauce (or white sauce as we usually call it) makes it more special. This is a cheese and milk sauce made by combining a roux with milk and adding parmesan and gruyere cheese (or sharp cheddar if gruyere is not available). Then you’ll have rich and creamy pasta ready for baking.

Try this Baked Macaroni recipe.


Baked Macaroni Recipe


  • 1 lb uncooked elbow macaroni

Meat Sauce:

  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 ½ cup diced tomatoes (canned)
  • 1 small onions, diced
  • 1/2 cup green bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup tomato paste
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 piece beef cube
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Mornay Sauce:

  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 3 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups fresh milk
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 ounce grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 ounces grated sharp cheddar cheese

Watch the cooking video:

Cooking Procedure

  1. Prepare the elbow macaroni according to instructions in the package and intentionally cut the cooking time so that the macaroni is not well done (the macaroni will be fully cooked once baked) then drain and set aside.
  2. Prepare the meat sauce by heating a cooking pot and melt-in the butter.
  3. When the butter is hot enough, add the ground beef and cook for 5 minutes or until the color turns medium brown.
  4. Add the onion, green bell pepper, and diced tomatoes then stir and simmer for 3 minutes or until the vegetables are soft.
  5. Add the tomato paste and paprika then stir and cook for a minute
  6. Add the beef cube and water then stir until everything is well distributed. Simmer for 20 minutes.
  7. Put-in the sugar, salt, and pepper then mix well. Turn of the heat and set aside.
  8. Prepare the Mornay sauce by melting the butter in a sauce pan over medium heat.
  9. Add the flour stir constantly for about a minute (color must be yellowish and not brown).
  10. Slowly whisk in the milk and continue to whisk until the sauce thickens and comes to a boil.
  11. Add salt and pepper then simmer for 2 to 3 minutes.
  12. Stir in the cheeses and whisk until melted. Set aside
  13. Combine the cooked macaroni and meat sauce in a baking dish then toss until the meat sauce is well distributed.
  14. Arrange the macaroni and pour the Mornay sauce over it. (Spread the Mornay sauce over the macaroni and meat sauce mixture ensuring that every space is covered)
  15. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and bake for about 15 to 20 minutes.
  16. Remove from the oven and allow to cool down a bit.
  17. Serve hot. Share and Enjoy!

Number of servings (yield): 8

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  1. hi , is it alright if i dont use paprika?

  2. Andrei Dimaano says:

    Good day Sir…. I just want to ask kailangan po ba preheat muna oven before doing the rest of the procedure… thanks a lot…. your website is really very helpful…..

  3. Al Roque says:

    Hello Kuya,

    What size or dimensions was your baking dish? In your video you mentioned that this recipe is good for 2 baking dishes. I have various sizes of baking dishes with different depths as well. Can you please let me know?

    Thank you in advance and more power!

    AL from San Francisco, CA

  4. Kristine says:

    Hi i just want to ask.
    Pwede kuh ba gamitin ung DOLMIO white sauce? Nlng? Thats for lasagne na white sauce? Its ready made na kasi. Or hndi??

  5. Made this today! Best baked mac ever! Minodify ko lang po nang kaunti yung recipe to suit what we have on hand: bottled pasta sauce instead of tomatoes, 1/2 lb ground pork instead of 1 lb ground beef, no paprika and beef cube, quickmelt cheese and a dash of ground nutmeg for the mornay sauce (omitted the parmesan). Still turned out great! This is a keeper for us. Salamat po sa recipe. :)

  6. Cindy Mahilum says:

    Hello! thanks for the recipe. eto po niluto ko kanina. Di na umabot nang nuche buena. :)

  7. Ma Lee Alpuerto says:

    I have all the ingredients here for baked Mac except canned tomatoes sad to say its not available
    Here in our place..can I use tomatoe sauce instead? I’ll be cooking it for our Noche buena tonite so it’s like I need to know your answer chef..Merry Christmas! And by the way, is full cream milk ok? Thanks agen..

  8. Jenny Sison says:

    Hello I just wanna ask, my oven is only until 250 degrees, may i know how can I timed it if you’re baking it 15-20mins in a 350 degrees oven?

    Thanks, btw been using most of your recipes and it did me great.

    • Jenny, can you check if your oven is in Fahrenheit. Your oven must be in Celsius; if this is the case then you need to convert 350F to C and that will be your oven temp (around 177C if that is the case).

  9. I’m an avid lurker of your site and I’ve tried a lot of your recipes which were all amazing. Now, my question is if I use chicken rather than beef, are there any difference in the ingredients or the amount you put in?

    • Pipo, nice to see you in the open. There shouldn’t be any changes with the amount of ingredients. Use the recipe as it is with the exception of ground beef.


    wazuuup!!!tnx 4 sharing dis yummmy baked macaroni recipE,,,”PERPECT” nkakalaway as in ever,,,hmmmp ty uli

  11. i try to make this recipe on sunday… my bday surprise for my hubby…. hope it will be successful… thanks in advance for this recipe :) more power!

  12. hi vanjo greetings!!! you know everytime I feel bored I just open my computer and I always look on your site especially on your menu and I find it all very interesting…although there are lots of procedures beside you on “youtube” but I only find yours more easy and simple to cope with… I’ll try this recipe on my bday on feb.2…ummm Im excited to make this one… “baked macaroni” one of my favorite!!! more power to you vanjo

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