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Budget-friendly Baked Macaroni

Do you have 272 pesos left in your wallet? Eat your macaroni without your wallet crying! This creamy and cheese macaroni recipe will give you an idea on how to maximize the flavors of the macaroni while minimizing the worry on the budget. With just 272 pesos, we can create a delicious and economical macaroni. Best shared with the family!

BUDGET FRIENDLY MACARONI

Cooking macaroni might seem like having too many ingredients. So many people assumes that you need a lot of budget in order to make some delicious ones. For this article, I’m gonna show you how to make a macaroni which is yummy and tasty and is surely easy on the pocket.

Macaroni is one of our usual family snack since we have many dry pasta stored in the pantry. Among all my dry pastas, elbow macaroni are usually the last ones to be consumed. I usually make macaroni dishes usually at the end of the month, using with whats left off the pantry (usually canned goods).

Baked macaroni is one of my top favorite pastas. If you will be making a top tier macaroni pasta, you would really assume that you need to have a budget to make some. Here in this recipe, I will be sharing some secrets on how to maintain the quality of a baked macaroni while staying on a budget.

HOW TO COOK BUDGET FRIENDLY MACARONI

Although I had included the price of the ingredients used in this recipe, please allow some cost deviations as the prices of commodities varies from place to place. I used my favorite local grocery store for my food costing.

‘My first tip in achieving a budget friendly dish, choose locally made brands. These brands are much cheaper because they do not have extra charges on importing but have the same quality as those imported ones. For this recipe, all brands used are local ones. I am not promoting any brand but the brands of the ingredients I used can be seen from the cooking vlog.

In choosing meat, I recommend looking for alternatives if the budget is really tight. So instead of buying raw pork meat, we can try to use canned goods like corned beef, meat loaf and others.

To start with out recipe, lets cook the macaroni pasta. You can choose any shape you want, but I used the usual elbow macaroni for this one. Follow the package instructions in cooking the pasta. You may also do the taste text just to confirm that the pasta is really cooked.

Next, lets prepare the pasta sauce. All of the ingredients of the sauce will be sauteed together first. In this recipe, I used corned beef and hotdogs as my meat. Although these are precooked, it is important to saute them wisely until browned. Tomato sauce are usually used for pasta. But in this recipe, I used spaghetti sauce for a lot of reasons. It is much cheaper than tomato sauce and are already seasoned for spaghettis. Also, most spaghetti sauces are sweeter, and more appropriate for the Filipino palate. Combine the meats and the spaghetti sauce and allow them to cool a bit first before combining with the macaroni pasta.

Now, lets make the cheese sauce. The cheese sauce is both creamy and cheesy at the same time sine it is made with all purpose cream and grated cheese. Just remember to cook it at the lowest possible heat so that the milk would not scorch.

At this point, you can already eat the macaroni pasta topped with the cheese topping. But if you have an oven or a toaster, baking the pasta for a few minutes, toasting the cheese topping, will really give added a smokey and baked taste to the pasta. Baking is optional but is highly recommended.

Enjoy your budget friendly macaroni! Happy eating!

Budget-friendly Baked Macaroni

Course: Pasta Recipes, Snacks
Servings

12

servings

Ingredients

  • 500 grams elbow macaroni (38 pesos)

  • 1 can (175 g) corned beef (38 pesos)

  • 5 pieces regular hotdogs (20 pesos)

  • 1 medium onion (minced) (5 pesos)

  • 4 cloves of garlic (minced) (5 pesos)

  • 3 cups spaghetti sauce (56 pesos)

  • 1 piece beef broth cube (6 pesos)

  • 1 medium red bell pepper (10 pesos)

  • Sugar to taste (1 peso)

  • Salt and pepper to taste (5 pesos)

  • 1 cup all purpose cream (47 pesos)

  • 1 box eden cheese (41 pesos)

Directions

  • Put some water to boil. Add some salt. Add the macaroni and cook until al dente according to package instructions. When cooked, drain and then set aside.
  • Heat some oil in a pan. Add the garlic and onions and saute until light brown and aromatic. Add the corned beef and then saute for a few minutes. Add the sliced hotdogs and saute until light brown. Add the bell peppers and then saute for a few minutes.
  • Pour the spaghetti sauce and the mix well. Season with salt and pepper. Add some water and the beef broth cube. Stir until well combined. Cover the pan and let it simmer for around 10 minutes using low heat.
  • Do a taste test and add some sugar to balance the taste. Add the grated cheese. Cook for a few minutes and let the cheese melt in the sauce. Once cooked, remove the sauce from the heat and let it cook a bit.
  • Grab your baking tray and grease them with oil or melted butter.
  • Add the cooked macaroni to the sauce. Toss gently until well mixed.
  • Transfer the macaroni to the baking tray. Set aside.
  • For the cheese topping, pour the all purpose cream in a pan and then cook using low heat until soft boiling. Once boiling, add the grated cheese. Let it cook using a very low heat while continuously stirring until the cheese completely melts. Sprinkle some pepper. Continue cooking until you achieve a thick consistency.
  • Pour the cheese topping over the macaroni. Sprinkle some dried oregano. Bake the macaroni for 15 to 20 minutes until the cheese becomes light brown. If you have no oven or toaster, baking is totally optional!
  • Transfer the macaroni to a serving dish and top it with the cheese topping. Enjoy!

Budget-friendly Baked Mac Recipe (TAGALOG)

Mga Sangkap:

  • 500 grams elbow macaroni (38 pesos)
  • 1 lata (175 g) ng corned beef (38 pesos)
  • 5 piraso ng regular hotdogs (20 pesos)
  • 1 sibuyas (hiniwa ng maliliit) (5 pesos)
  • 4 butil ng bawang (hiniwa ng maliliit) (5 pesos)
  • 3 tasa ng spaghetti sauce (56 pesos)
  • 1 piraso ng beef broth cube (6 pesos)
  • 1 red bell pepper (10 pesos)
  • asukal (1 peso)
  • Asin at paminta (5 pesos)
  • 1 tasa ng all purpose cream (47 pesos)
  • 1 box ng eden cheese (41 pesos)

Paano Gawin:

  1. Magpakulo ng tubig sa pot. Maglagay ng onting asin. Ilagay ang macaroni pasta at lutuin hanggang maging al dente. Sundin ang packaging instructions. Kapag luto na, salain at isantabi.
  2. Magpainit ng mantika. Ilagay ang bawang at sibuyas at igisa ng ng ilang minuto hanggang maging light brown. Sunod na ilagay ang corned beef at igisa. Ilagay ang hotdogs (hiniwa) at igisa hanggang maging light brown. Huling ilagay ang bell peppers at igisa ng ilang minuto.
  3. Ilagay ang spaghetti sauce at haluin. Budburan ng asin at paminta. Maglagay ng konting tubig at beef broth cube. Haluin ng mabuti. Takpan ang kawali at hayaan itong maluto ng 10 minuto gamit ang mababang apoy.
  4. Tikman at dagdagan ng asukal para mabalanse ang lasa. Ilagay ang grated cheese. Hayaan itong maluto ng ilang minutes hanggang matunaw ang cheese sa sauce. Kapag luto na, patayin ang apoy at palamigin ito ng konti. Isantabi.
  5. Kunin ang baking tray at ibrush ng mantika o tinunaw na butter.
  6. Ilagay ang macaroni pasta sa sauce. Haluing mabuti para malagyan lahat ng sauce.
  7. Ilipat ang macaroni sa baking tray. Isantabi.
  8. Para sa cheese topping, ilagay ang all purpose cream sa kawali at lutuin ito gamit ang napakababang apoy. Kapag medyo kumukulo na, ilagay ang grated cheese. Hayaan itong maluto hanggang matunaw ang cheese. Haluin ito ng tuloy tuloy para hindi masunog. Budburan ng konting paminta. Lutuin ang cheese topping hanggang maging malapot.
  9. Lagyan ng cheese topping ang ibabaw ng macaroni. Budburan ng konting dried oregano. I-bake ang macaroni ng 15 – 20 minuto hanggang maging brown ang cheese topping. Kung walang toaster o oven, pwede na rin itong kainin ng deretso.
  10. Ilipat ang macaroni sa serving dish at lagyan pa ng cheese topping. Enjoy!

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