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Macaroni Pie Recipe

One of the nations that has influenced the Caribbean cuisine is of course the closest, the USA. Referred to in many islands simply as "pie", macaroni cheese is standard fare and always a winner, especially with children.

There are several variations to this dish. Adding 2-3 tablespoons of tomato ketchup or tomato salsa gives a nice orange colour and added flavour.

It can also be made with different kinds of pasta such as penne or rotini. Adding 2 small tins of tuna is also an option, and makes it more of a main course than a side dish.

You will need the following ingredients:

8oz/250g macaroni(preferably long tubes as opposed to typical American macaroni)
1 tablespoon butter or margarine
12oz/375g sharp cheddar cheese, grated
1 egg
1 cup 8floz/240ml milk
2 teaspoons onion powder
1 teaspoon hot English mustard
1 teaspoon white pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon red pepper sauce or cayenne pepper (optional)


2 tablespoons fine breadcrumbs
2 teaspoons butter
2 tablespoons grated cheddar cheese

Bring water to the boil and add the broken up macaroni or macaroni elbows and salt. Boil it uncovered until it is just tender but not overcooked (about 8 minutes).

Preheat a moderately hot oven 350F, 180C or Gas Mark 4.

Drain the macaroni thoroughly, put it back into the same hot saucepan it was cooked in and mix in the butter.

Grate the cheese and mix it in with the macaroni a bit at a time, while it is still warm.

Whisk the egg until fluffy and add the milk, onion powder, white pepper, salt, pepper sauce and mustard. Pour in with the macaroni and mix.

Place in a greased oven proof casserole dish. Top with a little butter, some grated cheese and fine breadcrumbs. Bake in the centre of the oven for about 30-45 minutes depending on the depth of the dish.


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Information Assumed Accurate On: Jan 13, 2007
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By: geoff
Recipe given here is not bad. But fresh onions and garlic are much better. In fact you can still add a little bit of the powders to heighten the taste. Use butter, not margarine and consider using a roux, flour cooked in butter, instead of the egg in the milk sauce. You can either stir the cheese into the hot macaroni as shown or add it to the milk sauce making a cheese sauce to mix into the macaroni. Traditionally elbows are not used. Long macaroni please.
Date: Apr 6, 2015

By: jeff
i have made the pie alot of times and find it best with evaporated milk thats how you get the true taste
Date: Jan 5, 2015

By: Emily
Awesome, I made this recipe veagn for christmas. My famly has put in request for New Years as well. This has become my go to recipe for Mac and Cheese.
Date: Dec 27, 2013

By: Becky Brett
I am from Toronto ON Canada....Love this recipe. Love Barbados been there with my myself 10 times and with my boys and husband 3 times.. Been alot of places but nothing beats Barbados... Love you...until next time

Date: Jul 4, 2013

By: Danielle Hetzel
I used this recipe for Barbados in my adventures cooking around the world . It turned out really well!

Date: Jan 7, 2013

By: Donna
An easy to follow recipe however I did use less cheese but still got a great flavour. Highly recommended won't be disappointed.
Date: Jul 31, 2012

By: Fatdogmendoza
I have been using this recipe for a few years now and have never met anyone who doesn't like the Mac pie...including childen....
Date: Jun 10, 2012

By: Rico Austin
great recipe...I didn't have to call my mom
Date: Dec 24, 2011

By: joni mcdonald
I have been looking and trying to make a Barbados chili that i had in st. Thomas a long time ago.. mine is pretty good.. but would still like to try the original if possible.. It was serves in a bowl lines with lettuce, then rice, then chili with coconut milk in it and great seasonings... can anyone help me please... desperate after 30 years in Redmond
Date: Nov 12, 2011

By: Lavon Blades
I add a little Bajan Pepper Sauce to the mix and it gives it a nice little kick! Ummmmm
Date: Nov 9, 2011

By: J. Payne
@Joanne. If you're talking about Anchor Cheese that is actually New Zealand cheese even though Barbadians refer to is as 'local'. Look for stores that sell Anchor Cheese.
Date: Aug 3, 2011

By: zoe
I had some of this when I visited. I have to say it is exactly the same as we have in england. But who cares it tastes better in the sunshine.
Date: Feb 13, 2011

By: Joanne
How can I find bajan cheese in Florida? Bajan Maccaroni Pie is not the same unless you have the correct cheese. Or what would be an appropriate substitute. Sharp cheeddar does not work to give the bajan taste
Date: Nov 24, 2010

By: Dave Briggs
This recipe runs a close race with my family treat.I added a little bit of garlic.
Date: Sep 7, 2010

By: Janes
Thank you ! My Trinidadian auntie used to make this every easter. Being how Im far from home, I used you recipe to make it. Its cooking in the over just now.

Thank you again
Date: Apr 2, 2010

By: Anna
what kind of milk to use and what type of macaroni is best?
Date: Jan 4, 2010

By: Romell
This recipe is great. I doubled the ingredients to make a larger portion. I am a Bajan Native and it taste like home cooking. Will continue to make this dish.
Date: Nov 11, 2009

By: Bob Salton
I always start with a saucepan, a bit of chopped onion, then add lots of margerine/butter add a teaspoon at a time of flour adding hot milk, more flour/ milk until you have a good 1/2 saucepan full. now add the grated/or cut up 12 0z of cheese,keep stirring until cheese has melted, add more milk if needed,pour this over pre-cooked macoroni already in dish. bread crumbs should be fresh bread fried in a pan with butter and sprinkled on top of cheese before putting in oven. I sometimes layer top with slices of pepporoni. Biwi hot sauce to taste.
Date: Sep 21, 2009

By: Tara Markus
Every Bajan cook is a great cook! Why? Because they are QUEEN of the kitchen and each dish has their own special signature!

Macaroni pie is a pretty simple dish that tastes the best when Granny makes it ...because she adds that love and care and special secret something!!

Yummy everytime!
Date: Sep 3, 2009

By: Sanchia
I tried this recipe and oh boy did my family endulge in the meal. I am from Barbados andi put my own kick to it. I add some bacon to it and to top it off i fried fish and lay to the side of the dish
Date: Jul 18, 2009

By: Marie
I made this recipe for my Bajun husband yesterday. It was good but it's not the recipe he remembers from back home. I'll be making this again and also trying other recipes to see which one he likes better.
Date: May 11, 2009

By: Lorelai
A little to complicated, and trying to do subs was difficult and I am a chef at a 5 star NYC cafe.
Date: May 10, 2009

By: Ann
Just a hint for a quicker way; put all the incredients for the sauce in a blender, you do not even have to grate the cheese, blend it all into a sauce,I just put milk, egg, salt, pepper,onion and cubed cheese into the blender, pour it onto the macaroni and it is great.
Date: Apr 28, 2007

By: Marlene
I tried the recipe. Our family loved it. I didn't have any onion powder in the cupboard, so I sauteed and onion and garlic clove. This tasted great. I have been told to do this by Bajan cooks.
Date: Mar 26, 2007

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