Dec 27, 2019All Recipes

Mad Mac & Cheese

Bahamian mac and cheese (aka macaroni) is the most rich,

luscious and cheesy baked dish. Every family takes pride in their

recipe. However, my girlfriend, Maddie, makes the most illustrious

macaroni in the Bahamas. I’ve added a few ingredients to put my

spin on it. Watch the video

Serves 10


3 Tbsp (45 mL) olive oil

1/2 medium sweet onion, finely diced

1 stalk celery, finely diced

1/2 red, orange bell pepper, finely diced

4 cups (1 L) elbow pasta

2 Tbsp (30 mL) butter

2 cups (500 mL) evaporated milk

5 cups (1.25 L) shredded marbled

cheddar cheese, divided

2 cup (500 mL) Parmigiano-Reggiano

3 cups (750 mL) whipping (or heavy)

cream (35%)

2 eggs, lightly beaten

2 Tbsp (30 mL) Raquel’s Seasoned Salt

1 tsp (10 mL) fresh thyme leaves

1 Tbsp (15 mL) Caribbean hot sauce

1 cup (250 mL) sour cream

1 tsp (5 mL) paprika

Salt and pepper to taste

1. Preheat oven to 375˚F (190˚C). Set aside a 13- x 9-inch (33 x

23 cm) baking dish.

2. Fill a 4-quart (4 L) wide-bottomed pot halfway filled with

water, and stir in oil, onion, celery, bell pepper and pasta

over medium-high heat until al dente, about 8 minutes.

3. Drain pasta in a colander and transfer to a large bowl.

4. Add butter and mix to coat pasta. Add evaporated and whole

milk, half of the marbled cheddar and 2 cups of Parmigiano-Reggiano

and mix.

5. Add cream, eggs, seasoned salt, thyme, hot sauce, 1 cup

(250 mL) cheddar (reserving remaining cheddar for the

topping) and sour cream and mix again.

6. Adjust seasoning, then transfer mixture to the baking dish.

Top with remaining cheese and sprinkle with paprika. Bake

for about 30 minutes.

7. Remove macaroni from the oven and let set for 10 minutes.

Cut into squares and serve at once.

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