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. sir just want to ask if i need to cover it with aluminum foil before i bake it?? thanks a lot and more power!

  2. nagugutom tuloy ako ^_^

  3. You may try this in a convection oven but I cannot guarantee the same result.

  4. geraldine venicario says:

    chef,i nedd your answer to what i’ve asked.asap.i’m planning to make baked mac on my son’s birthday next month :)

  5. hi…was looking for a baked macaroni recipe for our father’s day celebration potluck with friends…saw this one this recipe came close to what I have been expecting a baked mac should be so I will try this one tomorrow! :) Will tell you how it went.

  6. kuya pde po ba microwave nlng po gmit ko instead oven..wla kasi kami oven eh..hehehe

  7. lours, the taste can still be the same but the texture will be totally different.

  8. kuya pwde ba d2 steam wala q oven eh

  9. ann l.-bohol says:

    tried this recipe last tuesday april 27,2010 for my mom in law’s bday we all loved it, it was way so much better than my old one. thank you so much for sharing it.. looking forward for more recipes from you. God bless to you and your family!

  10. Tnx for sharing this recipe…lovely…God bless po kuya
    Greetings from Norway.

  11. Karla Z says:

    Thanks for this recipe! I followed every step except I used penne. I brought the dish to our church’s potluck and my husband was so proud of me.haha.. Panlasang Pinoy rocks!

  12. john paul says:

    hi i just want to ask if i can substitute the cheddar and parmesan cheese with mozarella cheese and the regular kraft eden cheese (i don’t know what kind of cheese is that)? how bout the fresh milk, can i use the carnation evaporated milk?

    • You may do those JP though there might be some difference in the taste since parmesan has a unique taste compared to mozarella (mild) and our local cheese.As for the milk, I see no problem using any brand of evaporated milk.

  13. Charita King says:

    Baked Macaroni is one of our favorites. I normally use Marinara or Spaghetti sauce with ground beef and top with grated cheese. Yum. Really easy to make.

  14. Hi. Im planning to have this for new year.So thanksss! I dont really know how to cook but these videos are totally of great help. Sometimes though, Im having a hard time looking for the ingredients(is that how it’s called? lol) here in our area ( somewhere north of luzon)… BUt then thanks… This is my third dish and I know there will be more!!! So thanks man…you just awaken the “cook in me” lol!

  15. hi, this recipe makes how many servings? good for four? 6?
    i would suggest you include number of servings on every recipe here, thank you very much.. your site is really cool.. malaki ang naitulong sa akin..!!

  16. beth coronejo says:

    hi there! i just want to let you know that i made this for the first time last sat and it was such a hit esp with my son! now i’m planning to make this again for this weekend’s church xmas party for the kids. my ku mare also loved it, i gave her some for her lunch today! thanks for the easy to follow recipe, and keep ‘em coming!

  17. christian_08 says:

    Please post the recipes of (Pinoy) Fruit
    Salad and (Pinoy) Pork Barbeque”. I really want to learn to cook/make these two recipes. Thanks a lot! -christian

  18. HI Sir! Thank you for sharing your knowledge to us. We really glad to have you and ur recipes. Thank you so much…

  19. hi po thanks sa site mo nagagamit ki sya d2 sa restaurant d2 sa portugal… and my costumer like it…thanks syo

  20. Hi kuya thank you for posting all the Ingredients; I was browsing you tube, and saw you’re post, I love baked Mac! and I’m going to make this on thanksgiving & that would be tomorrow…yahoooo! more power to you

  21. cecilecakes says:

    subukan ko gawin baked mac

  22. hi thanks indeed for all the recipes you posted in this site.goodluck and more
    power to you…God Bless

  23. iyu_jumbo says:

    tnx 4r ur sharing ur cooking talent!!! i love it….dis is 1 of my fvorite dis!!! cn i rquest (morcon) plz….again tnx….

  24. Appreciate your comment louise. Hope to see you here always.

  25. kalami….lami…lami…:)

  26. Hello! i would like to make this macaroni- but i have a question. how many cups is an ounce (for the parmesan cheese) and 2 ounce for (cheddar cheese)? and just to clarify the parmesan cheese is grated- like the one in the bottle, and the cheddar cheese is shredded- right? thank you! your site rocks!

  27. Welcom mackoy, kayang kaya mo yan :)

  28. Wow! I like bake macaroni a lot! This is a nice recipe. It it obvious that it’s better than making a pack of instant bake mac.

  29. reagan ravanzo says:

    wow the best!!!1

  30. Hi sir! Good day to you. I just want to thank you for all your recipes you share here. I found your website just yesterday and na-stuck na ako sa kaka search ng iba mo pang recipes. grabe. i have this passion for cooking also like u but im not as good though. hehe. i just loove cooking because I love feeding people especially my family, and love seeing them satisfied with the food i prepare. i just tried your orange chicken kanina and we all loved it! and this new one u have posted is another favorite so for sure im gonna do this soon. thanks again and God bless you. ^^

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