Sunday, November 13, 2011

Baked Macaroni & Cheese

The Masterchef Malaysia series that are currently aired on Astro Ria has me to cook again after a long hiatus (almost a year since I entered the last post). Despite the controversy, I think Chef Riz is very talented. The last Masterchef Session he created "Awan Dahlia" which is basically Lai Chee Kang reinvented. It was a masterpiece (well I certainly think so!).

However, today's recipe is nothing to do with Lai Chee Kang. Macaroni and cheese (or mac & cheese in short) is a common dish. It's so easy to make. A short clip "The Best Thing I Ever Ate" on Food Network inspired me to try this dish. It is crisp on the outside but moist & gooey on the inside. I did mine with a little twist.

1 can of cream of mushroom (as I cannot find fresh cream at Tesco)
250g macaroni pasta
250g mozarella cheese (grated)
50g parmesan cheese (grated)
Pinch of nutmeg
Pinch of cinnamon
Salt & pepper

Bring to boil in a pan one can of cream mushroom plus 2 cans of water, which makes about 250ml of liquid.
Half-cook macaroni pasta in the liquid.
Add parmesan, half of the grated mozarella & spices into pan. (I improvised by adding dried oregano)
Stir until combined.
Scoop into ramekin dish while it is still hot.
Top with the remaining mozarella.
Bake in a hot oven for about 20 min when color turns golden.
Garnish with grated parmesan.