Lazy Man’s Baked Cheesy Macaroni

Bye Bye 2015, Hola 2016!

I did say the other day that if my dinner turned out well, you will be seeing it in the blog today, didn’t I? Well, I thought they looked alright, so yeah, I’ll start 2016 with a cooking post!

As the title implied, I didn’t do much. Baked pasta sounds easy enough, doesn’t it? Unless if you are a proper chef, then it would be a complicated process. I’ve seen Jamie Oliver and gang do countless baked pasta dishes over the years, and they more or less go along these steps:

  1. Sear/grill the meat in a pan,
  2. Add vegetables in and saute,
  3. Add tomato puree in and let the meat/vegetables sauce cook on low heat for an hour or two,
  4. Boil pasta,
  5. Add boiled pasta into the pan and cook for a bit more, mixing everything up,
  6. Pour into a oven safe casserole, sprinkle cheese,
  7. Put into the oven at at 220°C for a few minutes to get the cheese crispy.

I’m comparing with these steps. I’m not comparing with the “Go to a restaurant, pay, eat, leave” step.

My steps?

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  1. Boil pasta (macaroni),
  2. Pour pasta and the other ingredients into a oven safe casserole (defrosted frozen peas, mushrooms, tomato and basil puree, olive oil, pepper) and mix them all up,
  3. Sprinkle with chopped bacon and shredded mozarella cheese,
  4. Put into oven at 180°C for 25 minutes to get everything cooked.

No grilling, no sauteing, no slow cooking/stewing, no getting another pan dirty to be washed later.

But it works. It does the job of getting everything cooked and safe to consume. And… I mean… here, look…

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Nice? Hell yeah…

But the taste was… Well, you see I did not add salt into the mixture before baking. It wasn’t because of some well thought out decision. I ran out of salt and forgot to buy more. I couldn’t add any even if I had wanted to. So the taste was… fine, but… let’s just say it could use a pinch of salt to bring everything together…

Still… Fine is fine, right? And, when it comes to blogging, it is the looks that matter.

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Nice! I was probably eating better than a lot of those lovey dovey couples did in restaurants…

20 Comments

  1. At first, I though the last picture looked like a bunch of sweets. Probably because of the bright colour of the bacon that looks purple. That bacon not salty? Of all bacon I’ve eaten, they’ve always been salty enough for the whole dish.

    • Yeah, it’s not purple, it’s the lights that made them look purple.

      Well, yeah, bacon is salty, but… I guess I just didn’t have enough of it to make a difference to the other ingredients. It was just 2 strips. 🙄

    • That might be true if said restaurants are just claims without substance… I’ll get thrown out the window with this in a proper Italian restaurant though. 😀

    • Hahaha, I already declared it upfront, didn’t I? 😛

      I actually use my blogging time yesterday to figure out how to fix my layout and exploring whether to change themes, but none of them felt right, so I ended up sticking to what I am using…

  2. Looks good to me! Mozarella cheese sounds so tasty. It would be tasty to me because I don’t put salt in my food that I cook too. I even cook red bean tong sui without putting sugar or any other item in it apart from red beans and water and bring to boil until the red beans are soft. Well done! Cook this more often!

    • Unfortunately I’m not you, I do need a pinch of salt in my food. 😐

      Actually I did this before, quite a few times. But first time I use mozzarella I think…

  3. Looks great especially the last pic. I do eat cheese but I have a love hate relationship with it. I meant to try baked pasta but haven’t got round to it but now I want to make. See, you always have that effect on me 😀

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