Baked Macaroni

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb uncooked elbow macaroni

For the Meat Sauce:

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 & ½ cup canned diced tomatoes
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • ½ cup green bell pepper, diced
  • ½ cup tomato paste
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1 pc beef cube
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

For the Mornay Sauce:

  • 1 oz parmesan cheese, grated
  • 2 oz sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 3 tbsp all- purpose flour
  • 2 cups fresh milk
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • ¼ tsp salt

Procedure:

  1. Prepare the elbow macaroni according to instructions in the package but reduce the cooking time so that the macaroni is not well done.
  2. Drain the water and set aside.
  3. Prepare the meat sauce by heating a cooking pot.
  4. Add and melt the butter.
  5. When the butter is hot enough, add the ground beef and cook for 5 minutes or until the color turns medium brown.
  6. Add- in the onion, green bell pepper, and diced tomatoes then stir and simmer for 3 minutes or until the vegetables are soft.
  7. Add- in the tomato paste and paprika then stir and cook for 1 minute.
  8. Add- in the beef cube and water then stir until everything is well distributed.
  9. Simmer for 20 minutes.
  10. Add- in the sugar, salt, and pepper then mix well.
  11. Turn off the heat then set aside.
  12. Prepare the Mornay sauce by heating a sauce pan over medium heat.
  13. Add and melt the butter.
  14. Add- in the flour and stir constantly for about a minute (color must be yellowish and not brown).
  15. Slowly whisk in the milk and continue to whisk until the sauce thickens and comes to a boil.
  16. Add- in salt and pepper then simmer for 2 to 3 minutes.
  17. Add- in the cheeses and whisk until melted then set aside.
  18. Combine the cooked macaroni and meat sauce in a baking dish then toss until the meat sauce is well distributed.
  19. Pour and spread the Mornay sauce over it the pasta until every space is covered.
  20. Preheat oven to 350 F or 175 C.
  21. Bake for about 15 to 20 minutes.
  22. Remove from the oven and allow to cool down a bit. Enjoy!

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