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. Diane Cainglet says:

    On a Friday night, my daughter and I thought of something yummy to eat and well baked macaroni came first so we started google searching and studied your recipe. Three hours passed and we are full, gastronomic cravings sated, was uber delicioso and perfected it for a beginner like me. Thank you so much and keep it up.

  2. Thank you! I remember my mom making this; but she doesn’t remember how to make it anymore! So, I’ll flip this one to her hoping she’ll cook this for us again =)

  3. Dion Santos says:

    I exactly followed your recipe it’s so good if my friends didn’t devour it quickly I was supposed to take photos :))

  4. Hi Sir Vanjo,
    I have a question is your Panlasang Pinoy Cookbook volume 1 recipe is free? Thanks.

  5. Ian Perez says:

    Thanks po Sir for this recipe.I need to cook this for our simulated function sa school, and this will help me :D. But I decided to use an ordinary quick melt cheese rather than parmesan cheese kasi po masyadong mahal yung price ng parmesan. pareho lang po kaya yung magiging result? sana po makarespond kayo. thanks po ulit :D godbless

    • hi ian! was wondering kung naging ‘matagumpay’ ung quick melt cheese instead of the parmesan. thanks! will cook this tom and don’t think we have parmesan cheese avail nearby. hope to hear from you very soon. thanks!

      • Ian Perez says:

        Hi kikai! sorry late response, i’ve tried it,at yes,it worked for me :) Hope yung sayo ganun din. ;)

  6. no-comment says:

    hi all, i followed this recipe and turned out great! I don’t even have an oven so i baked it in microwave oven for 8mins max temp(not sure if this is right) but turned out great! Many said it would not ‘bake’ it using microwave but it did. I just made sure macaroni was fully cooked and mornay sauce was thick enough. Im very satisified by the outcome coz i wasn’t hoping a good outcome coz i googled and many said microwave won’t bake it. Also, i wasn’t able to find sharp cheddar(i didn,t know what it is until i googled but even if i do, store i went to doesn’t have it so I used kraft cheddar cheese & parmesan). Love it! Thanks!!

  7. Hi Kuya! Can I use crushed tomatoes (canned) to substitute diced tomatoes, its not always available in stores here at Doha… :) thanks!

  8. Lani Myers says:

    Kuya im a big fan of you love all your recipes iba talaga pagkaing pinoy. ilang cups ba ang 1 ounce of parmesan cheese?thanks

  9. ahmaedee says:

    ilang serving po nagagawa sa recipe na 2

  10. Hi Vanjo, Can I use microwave I don’t have oven either.

  11. hi, can i use turbo broiler instead of oven for this recipe? don’t have oven:(

  12. Hi,

    We are gathering ingredients so we can try your recipe, but we cant find diced tomatoes here in Angeles City. What is the substitute for it? Thanks in advanced for your reply.

    • Hi. Just came across your post. I use Hunt’s diced tomatoes. You should be able to find this at SM City. There are other brands available but I like Hunt’s better. Cook away!

  13. Hi,
    Vanjo I’ve been cooking this recipe three months ago,and im so happy coz they always request this in every occasion,I made it perfectly they love it thanks to you and this site… :)

  14. lito r. garcia says:

    GANDA mg glove mo ah! akala ko mga TATTOO mo yun.

  15. lito r. garcia says:

    kumusta na vanjo? eto na naman ako kumakal kal ng panibagong menu mula sa mga recipe mo, good morning!!!!!!!!!!

  16. i just finished cooking baked mac. following your online how-to procedures, it was fun and great. it’s perfect. luscious as it is!!! kalimutan muna ang diet kahit pansamantala lamang. thank you so, so, so much!!!

  17. thank you so much..i made it perfectly..yum yum

  18. Thanks a lot for this very wonderful site. I have always been a careerwoman all my life and never had the guts to stay in the kitchen. However, when my family moved out of the Philippines recently, I had no choice but to start learning how to cook otherwise we would all end up eating fast foods – which is not healthy at all. And yes, this site has been my tutor. I have tried a lot of recipes that my kids enjoyed and this one will be my menu for tomorrow. I hope they will also like this the same way they liked the others. And who would have guessed I don’t have skills in the kitchen? Again, thanks a lot and keep it up!

  19. I cooked this and brought it to work for our monthly potluck. My American co-workers liked it so much, they all complimented me. I used to bring home left overs but this time around, walang natira. So glad I found your site. I’ve tried several of your recipes already and 9 out of 10 are real keepers.

  20. Thank you very much for sharing all these wonderful recipes. It’s really very generous of you. It made cooking for my family a joy instead of a task that I need to do everyday. It’s probably one of the best (if not the best) website I have ever found. Way to go! More power to you! God bless…

  21. hi! this site is really very helpful to me..i’ve been here in Oman for quite some time now. And to my disappointment, gravy here is like a never-heard sauce. Even the KFC here doesn’t have a gravy! argggghhhh! They use tomato ketchup instead…I’ve been been browsing ur site several times already, and last night I found ur KFC-style gravy (and burger steak). I gave it a try, and really, it was great to the nth times! =) I’ve got lots of compliment from my hubby! yey!, hehehe..

    This morning, i tried this baked macaroni for our 14th monthsary =). Actually, this is my first time to bake. It’s so yummy. The murnay sauce is really perfect and gives its extra special taste. My hubby is really craving for more, and he requested me to pack this as his baon to work and for his co-profs to taste!

    I will try next time your cassava cake. Im sure it will also be a big hit as it is also one our favorites. Ayy, I’m so excited to tell u about all these stuffs, but really all I want to say is my heartfelt thanks to you..=)

  22. Hi! Can I use a turbo broiler instead of an oven? if yes, ilang minutes and would the procedure be different. for e.g. half-baked yung noodles + meatsauce b4 I put the mornay sauce and continue to cook it until golden brown? thank you.

  23. hi, your baked macaroni is so easy to prepare, i hope you can prepare easy to make lasagna.


  24. Try using soy milk, Manuel.

  25. Michelle says:

    By the way, I found your video on YouTube when I was searching for Filipino baked macaroni to serve for my dinner party. I didn’t have all the ingredients (no paprika, no bell pepper, not enough parmesan). I didn’t have the exact measurements (couldn’t view your site through my phone) so I just did it eye balled everything and hoped for the best. Hahaha.

    I was short on sauce so I added a little bit of pre-made filipino spaghetti sauce and I was also worried about the mornay sauce at first since I didn’t have the exact measurement but everything came out GREAT!

    My friends LOVED it so thank you again for posting your recipes online.

  26. Michelle says:

    Thank you so much for sharing all these wonderful recipes! I can’t wait to try them all. You inspire home cooks like me to keep cooking and serving good food to my friends and family. Keep up the good work :)

  27. hi, can i use a microwave oven instead? thanks.

  28. I tried to make your baked macaroni recipe,,it was perfect!! my kids and my husband love it so much..almost everyday I’m trying to cook all your recipes. my daughter said your a good chef mum,,you always tried to cook new food for us,,thank’s to you MR. Panlasang Pinoy..

  29. christie says:

    Thanks I’ve learn a lot.

  30. just want to ask if i can use quickmelt chiz instead of the cheddar block, mas madali kcng hanapin and cheaper here in UK, ty!

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