Hawaiian Macaroni Cheese

Ever fancied a Hawaiian Pizza in pasta form? This Hawaiian Macaroni Cheese recipe combines salty gammon, sweet pineapples and sun dried tomatoes with creamy mozzarella. Perfect comfort food!

Hawaiian Macaroni Cheese

Regular readers will know I'm a bit of a macaroni cheese fiend. I have various incarnations of macaroni cheese on my blog, my favourite at the moment (apart from this one of course), and perfect for using up odds and ends of cheeses from Christmas, is my Leftover Cheeseboard Macaroni Bake. Macaroni Cheese is my ultimate comfort food, especially in the winter when it's dark and cold outside. It really is a hug in a bowl and the more cheesy the better.

If a recipe has cheese and pasta in it, I'm already won over. I do enjoy pimping up my basic recipe though, which is how this Hawaiian Macaroni Cheese was born. I'm a pineapple on pizza lover (although if you're not just don't add it in) and I can't believe how good it was in this macaroni cheese. The sweetness of the pineapple complemented the salty gammon and creamy mozzarella perfectly.

Hawaiian Macaroni Cheese

Favourite Pasta Recipes

Here a few more of our favourite family pasta recipes to try. They are all really easy to make and you'll be pleased to know all include cheese!

Spicy Sausage Meatball  Pasta Bake

Spicy Sausage Meatball Pasta Bake

Creamy Butternut Squash Pasta

Creamy Butternut Squash Pasta

Honey Ale Mac 'n' Cheese

Honey Ale Macaroni Cheese

Step By Step Hawaiian Macaroni Cheese

Hawaiian Macaroni Cheese
Making macaroni cheese from scratch is pretty simple. First you need to make a roux by melting 50g butter in a pan over a medium heat.

Hawaiian Macaroni Cheese
Once the butter has completely melted stir in 50g plain flour and cook for 2 minutes. This roux thickens the sauce and makes it lovely and silky. Slowly add the milk whilst whisking continuously over a medium heat until it starts to thicken. Take the pan off the heat ready for the next stage.

Hawaiian Macaroni Cheese
Now it's time to add your cheese and the other ingredients. Here we've got 200g Extra Mature Cheddar and 200g Mozzarella, a dollop of Dijon mustard, 1/4 tsp of cayenne pepper and 1 tsp of oregano. I also sometimes add a splash of cider vinegar, which gives it a lovely subtle tang.

Hawaiian Macaroni Cheese
This Hawaiian Macaroni Cheese wouldn't be complete without the chopped gammon (I used leftover gammon from Christmas), chopped pineapple and a good tablespoon of red pesto for a bit of added flavour.

Hawaiian Macaroni Cheese
Then it's just a case of stirring in the cooked macaroni (I've used 200g here) and scattering over some sun dried tomatoes and a bit more mozzarella. To finish the recipe, place the pan under the grill until the top is golden and bubbling.

Hawaiian Macaroni Cheese

Top Tips for making Hawaiian Macaroni Cheese

  • Make it spicy by adding a pinch of chilli powder at the same time as the cayenne pepper.
  • Make it veggie by omitting the gammon and replacing it with cooked and chopped vegetarian bacon or sausages.
  • Fresh basil leaves scattered on the top would be a colourful addition to the dish.
  • Use different cheeses such as Stilton and Gruyere.
  • Make a double batch and freeze half for another day. The recipe given here serves 5 with a side salad.
Hawaiian Macaroni Cheese

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Hawaiian Macaroni Cheese

Hawaiian Macaroni Cheese

Hawaiian Macaroni Cheese
Pasta, Dinner
Yield: 5

Hawaiian Macaroni Cheese

prep time: 15 minscook time: 10 minstotal time: 25 mins
Fancy a Hawaiian pizza in pasta form? This Hawaiian Macaroni Cheese recipe is comforting and decadent and combines salty gammon, sweet pineapples and tomatoes and creamy mozzarella, finished with a sprinkling of oregano.


  • 50g Butter
  • 50g Plain Flour
  • 600ml Milk
  • 200g Extra Mature Cheddar, grated
  • 200g Mozzarella, grated (plus extra handful for the top)
  • 1/4 TSP Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 TSP Dried Oregano
  • 1 TBSP Cider Vinegar
  • 1 TSP Dijon Mustard
  • 3 Pineapple Rings, Chopped
  • 200g Cooked Gammon or Ham, chopped
  • 1 TBSP Red Pesto
  • 200g Cooked Macaroni Pasta
  • 6 Sun Dried Tomatoes, chopped


  1. In a large pan, melt the butter then stir in the plain flour. Cook for 2 minutes.
  2. Whisk in the milk and keep whisking over a medium heat until it starts to thicken.
  3. Take the sauce off the heat then stir in the cheese, cayenne, oregano, Dijon mustard and cider vinegar. Stir until the cheese is melted in.
  4. Spoon through the gammon, pineapple and red pesto, before adding the cooked macaroni pasta.
  5. Preheat the grill for a few minutes. Scatter over the extra mozzarella and the sun dried tomatoes then grill for a few minutes until golden and bubbling.


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More Recipes

For more comfort food recipes have a look at my recipe index and don't forget to follow Jam & Clotted Cream on Pinterest for lots of family friendly recipe inspiration. I'm also sharing my Hawaiian Macaroni Cheese with Easy Peasy Foodie for #CookBlogShare
Beth Sachs (Jam & Clotted Cream)


  1. I love mac and cheese and this Hawaiian twist sounds so unique and creative I simply have to try it soon!

  2. My children simply love pasta and this has to be the next pasta recipe on my list. Thanks a bunch Beth.

  3. Well hell-oo! Looks like an amazing twist on a classic Mac n Cheese - I love the addition of pineapple, I bet it brings the whole experience completely over the top! Great idea.

  4. Replies
    1. Thank-you I think it will be our new favourite pasta dish!


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