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Best (Hawaiian) Macaroni Cheese



Ever fancied a Hawaiian Pizza in pasta form? My best macaroni cheese features all of the elements of a Hawaiian pizza. Think salty gammon, sweet pineapples and sun dried tomatoes with creamy mozzarella. Perfect comfort food!

Hawaiian Macaroni Cheese

THE BEST MACARONI CHEESE EVER!


I'm a bit of a macaroni cheese fiend. I have various incarnations of macaroni cheese on my blog, one of my favourites at the moment (apart from this one of course), and perfect for using up odds and ends of cheeses in the fridge, is my Leftover Cheeseboard Macaroni Bake.

Macaroni Cheese really is my ultimate comfort food. It's a hug in a bowl and the more cheesy the better.

 HAWAIIAN FLAVOURS 


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 they all include cheese!

Creamy Butternut Squash Pasta

Creamy Butternut Squash Pasta

Honey Ale Mac 'n' Cheese

Honey Ale Macaroni Cheese

STEP BY STEP BEST 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 (or use ham), 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 THIS AWESOME 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.

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      Best Macaroni Cheese
      Pasta
      Pasta
      Yield: 5 with a salad
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      Best Macaroni Cheese

      Best Macaroni Cheese

      Prep time: 20 MCook time: 10 MTotal time: 30 M
      My best macaroni cheese features all of the elements of a Hawaiian pizza. Think salty gammon, sweet pineapples and sun dried tomatoes with creamy mozzarella

      Ingredients:

      • 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

      Instructions:

      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
      Calories
      656.16
      Fat (grams)
      38.57
      Sat. Fat (grams)
      21.02
      Carbs (grams)
      44.70
      Fiber (grams)
      3.41
      Net carbs
      41.29
      Sugar (grams)
      11.58
      Protein (grams)
      33.72
      Sodium (milligrams)
      1145.87
      Cholesterol (grams)
      126.22
      Calories and nutrition for 1 serving.

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      8 comments

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

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

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      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.

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

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