In my family, if there’s one recipe that is synonymous with “the holidays”, it’s baked mac & cheese. It’s not that I don’t make it throughout the year. However, it’s pretty much a given that I will make it for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and any holiday or special occasion in between. This is true even if this event is at a family member’s house. I’m expected to arrive with mac & cheese in hand. And with good reason. It’s amazing!
Ok. I’m tooting my own horn a little bit. But honestly, over the years, I have tweaked and fine-tuned this recipe, and while I wouldn’t call it gourmet, exactly, it is really darn good. So when Walmart asked me to share a recipe for holiday entertaining, it was a no-brainer that I’d share this one!
Caribbean Style Baked Macaroni & Cheese Pie
- 1 14-16oz. box elbow macaroni
- 3 cups sharp cheddar cheese
- 2 cups Velveeta cheese shreds
- 1 cup Fiesta cheese blend (Monterey Jack, cheddar, Queso Quesadilla & Asadero cheeses) or any three-cheese blend
- 2 tbsp. Ricotta cheese
- 1 tbsp. sour cream
- 1 can evaporated milk
- 1/2 stick of butter
- 1 egg
- Garlic powder to taste
1. Cook the macaroni according to package instructions, being sure not to overcook. I prefer to use whole wheat macaroni, but any type of elbow mac is fine.
2. Drain the macaroni in a colander and set aside. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
3. Use the same pot to warm the evaporated milk on medium heat. Melt the half stick of butter into the milk.
4. Once the butter is melted, add 2 cups of the cheddar cheddar cheese along with the Velveeta and fiesta cheese blends. Set aside the final cup of cheddar. Stir continuously until the cheese is well melted into a sauce.
5. Turn off the heat, and add the cooked macaroni to the cheese mixture. Blend well to make sure all the macaroni is coated. As you can imagine, this is VERY cheesy!
6. Add the Ricotta cheese, sour cream and garlic powder. Mix well. Finally, break the egg into the mixture and stir well. This will help to hold the macaroni together once baked.
7. Spray or grease an approximately 9″ x 13″ baking dish. I love to use a glass Pyrex dish for this, because it cooks evenly. In my experience, darker colored metal baking pans have a tendency to burn on the bottom and along the sides.
8. Pour the mixture into the greased baking dish. Sprinkle the remaining cup of cheddar cheese over the top and cover with foil.
9. Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees, or until the cheese is bubbling and the top of the macaroni has developed a slight crust.
Honestly, I absolutely LOVE this recipe, and my kids would eat it every day if I let them. I personally like to serve it with something that is cooked in gravy. This is usually my Caribbean stewed chicken (I’ll share that recipe another time), but for the holidays, I usually just make a tomato sauce based gravy to go with everything. Hot mac & cheese pie with gravy on top is my idea of heaven.
Macaroni pie is widely made throughout the Caribbean, and every person’s interpretation of it is a little different. For example, check out fellow Walmart Mom Melanie Edwards’ Trinidadian Macaroni Pie recipe over at Modern Mami.
If you try this recipe, I’d love to hear what you think of it!
What recipes do you find yourself making each year for the holidays?
DISCLOSURE: As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, I’ve received product samples and compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.