Baked Mac and Cheese is not a Nigerian or typical African homes staple. This is something so foreign to many Nigerian homes that you can hardly see them cooking it rather they will purchase the premade in the store. However, this is one meal that my family loves so much that I make it once a month in the house, not because I can’t make it more frequently but because of the amount of cheese and milk fat involved. I also make it differently by adding vegetables, clams and other protein but this one was a classic mac and cheese. So in my environment, I think I am of the African women that cook mac and cheese from scratch. I also add other things in it depending on my mood. Enjoy
2 packs of elbow macaroni
2 cups of heavy cream
½ cup of milk
Half medium onions
2.5 cups of shredded cheese
3 tablespoons of butter
1 tablespoon of dry grounded mustard
1 tablespoon of minced garlic
1 tablespoon of black pepper
½ tablespoon of Cameron pepper
1 tablespoon of Adobe seasoning
Salt to taste
Before you even start cooking, please preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Grease the baking pan you will use with butter or pam spray.
In a big pot, boil water and add salt to it, when the water is fully boiled, add the elbow macaroni and cook for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and drain. While the elbow is cooking, use another pot, heat on the stove, add the butter, the onions, garlic and mustard, cook for 2 minutes, then whisk the cream and milk and allow to boil it out, reduce the heat and add half of the cheese, pepper, seasoning and salt to taste. Stir well together.
Then add the cook macaroni in the mixture, stir well and pour in the greased pan. Sprinkle the remaining cheese and put in the oven to bake uncovered for 30 minutes.