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Baked Macaroni with Cheese
Nov10

Baked Macaroni with Cheese

Baked Macaroni is one of my favourite pasta dishes; I just love munching on it. It traditionally uses elbow macaroni topped with chewy cheese. It has ground beef/pork (giniling) and ham with tomato sauce and tomato paste. Some people add bell peppers but most kids remove the bell peppers so I prefer not to add any. Let’s start cooking!     People to feed: 8-10 Preparation Time: 15 mins Cooking Time: 60 mins   Ingredients 1 16-oz box Elbow Macaroni, cooked per box instruction BOLOGNESE OR MEAT SAUCE 1/4 kg. Pork Ham, cubed 1/2 pound Ground Beef 4 cloves Garlic, minced 1 large Onion, chopped 1 1/2 cup equivalent bell peppers, cubed 2 cans Evaporated Milk 2/3 cup All purpose Flour 1/2 cup water 1 tall can Tomato Sauce 1 small can Tomato Paste 1 piece dried bay leaf 1 teaspoon dried Basil Leaves 1 teaspoon Oregano 1 cup Butter 3 cups water 1 cup Cheddar Cheese, shredded 1 tablespoon Cooking Oil for Sauteing BECHAMEL/MORNAY SAUCE Salt and Pepper to taste TOPPING 1 cups Parmesan Cheese   Cooking Procedure White Sauce In a deep pan over medium heat, put the butter and flour and cook for few minutes. Add water and evaporated milk and mix until thick. If nutmeg is available, add ¼ teaspoon of nutmeg. Then add the cheese. Mix Combine the pasta and the meat sauce and add ¾ of the white sauce. Transfer to a baking plate and use the remaining ¼ white sauce and parmesan cheese to top the baked macaroni. Bake on a 350 ° F pre-heated oven for 25 – 30 minutes.   Serve to your kids and they will surely love this!...

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Classic Spaghetti Recipe
Mar10

Classic Spaghetti Recipe

Spaghetti is the plural form of the Italian word spaghetto, that comes from spago meaning “thin string”. There are different variations of spaghetti, Italian, Filipino, Spaghetti ala Carbonara, Seafood Spaghetti, Tuna Spaghettis and many more. Spaghetti is like the most popular dish for Filipino children together with fried chicken, I can always see spaghetti on birthdays, children parties and any other events. Taste varied depending on the style you want to achieve. In this article, we are going to make a Filipino Style Spaghetti. I love the sweet Filipino style spaghetti, it makes me go back to childhood, reminiscing the moments. Let’s start to make that spaghetti-the Filipino way!     People to feed: Family 6-8 Preparation Time: 10 mins Cooking Time: 40 mins   Ingredients 1 kilo Spaghetti pasta 560 grams Italian style Spaghetti sauce 1 big bottle banana ketchup 6 pieces hotdogs, sliced 2 boullion beef cubes, dissolved in 1 cup hot water 3/4 kilo ground beef 2 tbsp salt 1 tsp. garlic, minced 1 medium sized onion, chopped 1 cup grated Cheddar Cheese 100 grams butter or margarine 1 liter water for boiling the pasta 4 tbsp cooking oil    Cooking Procedure In a large pot, pour the water in and bring to a boil. Put-in the salt and oil. Cooking oil prevents the pasta from sticking together and salt adds flavor to the pasta. Then add the spaghetti pasta and cook according to the instruction on the package. Check if the pasta is already cooked and tender, firm but not hard (al dente). Drain the water in the sink and fill the pot with tap water to prevent the pasta from overcooking. Don’t overcook the pasta so it will not become too soggy. Put it to a container that can hold the pasta. Set aside. The secret to great tasting spaghetti lies in the pasta itself. Melt the butter in a saucepan and sauté the garlic and onion until the onions are cooked and transparent. Add the ground beef and stir cook for at least 5 minutes. Add the hotdog and cook for 3 minutes. Pour the spaghetti sauce, banana ketchup, bouillon cubes, and 1 cup of water then simmer again for 15 minutes. Stir the sauce while cooking from time to time to prevent the bottom of the sauce from burning. Prepare a serving dish or platter and put the pasta then pour the sauce on top of it. Garnish with grated cheese on top and serve.     Bon Appetit! 🙂...

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