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Friday, April 22, 2011

Baked Macaroni and Cheese with Bechamel Sauce

Not for weight watchers! This rich and tasty dish will be loved by kids and adults! I baked this dish without using a baking sheet as I do not have a proper oven. I own a microwave oven with a convection for baking, and i feel that is not as effective as a baking oven. There are very few shops in chennai that sell baking sheets, and so most of my baking is done without a baking sheet :)

What I used:
200 gms Macaroni
2 cups corn (either packet corn or corn cob)
2  fresh tomatoes sliced
1 cup cheddar cheese
1 tbsp basil
1 tbsp oregano
1 tsp tobasco sauce
1 tsp tomato ketchup
Salt and Pepper

For bechamel sauce:
2 cups milk
1 bay leaf
6 black peppercorns
1 onion sliced into two
2 tbsp butter
3 tbsp maida/cornflour

How I did it:

1. Boil the milk with the onion, peppercorns and bay leaf. When it starts to boil, switch it off and strain the milk.
2. Melt the butter in the pan, add the flour stirring consistently for 1 minute.
3. Gradually stir in the milk, then bring to boil and stir constantly till a thick creamy texture is formed.
4. Add the corn and stir again.
5. Switch of the pan and garnish with salt and pepper.
6.Add the macaroni to the bechamel sauce and mix it well.
7. Add tobasco, oregano,tomato ketchup and mix it such that the sauce is coated well on the macaroni.
8. Pour the Macaroni mixture into the baking dish and place the tomatoes on top.
9. Sprinkle the cheese on top and the basil.
10. Bake the Macaroni and Cheese at 190C for 20 minutes and serve hot!

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