Cheesy Excellent Beef Macaroni Bake

Serves 4 – 6

  1. In large saucepan, over medium to high heat, sauté your onions and garlic in the oil for 2 to 4 minutes until translucent. Then add in the mince and allow to brown (while stirring) for 6 to 10 minutes.
  2. Add in the tomato paste, beef stock, oregano, basil, brown sugar and allow to simmer for 20 to 30 minutes.
  3. To make the white sauce: In a medium saucepan, melt your butter on a medium heat until completely liquid – 2 to 3 minutes.
  4. Make a roux by adding the flour to the butter and stirring for 1 to 2 minutes.
  5. Now to ensure a lump free sauce – slowly stream in the milk while whisking continuously until the mixture is smooth and all milk has been added.
  6. Keep whisking until mixture becomes extremely thick and then add in mustard powder, paprika, onion powder and salt.
  7. Mix the macaroni with the white sauce and get ready to assemble.
  8. To assemble, layer half of your macaroni mixture, ½ cup of cheese and half of the beef raygu and then repeat. Top the mixture with the left over cheese.
  9. Place into the oven and allow to bake for 30 to 40 minutes – until the cheese is brown and golden.
  10. Serve with fresh basil and roasted cherry tomatoes.

Ingredients: 

Mince ragyu:

  • 1 Onion, chopped
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • 1 pkt Excellent Meat Beef Mince (90% Lean)
  • 1 tbls / 15ml Garlic, crushed
  • 50g Tomato paste (available at Excellent Meat Market)
  • 2 cups / 500ml Beef stock (available at Excellent Meat Market)
  • 1 tbl ./15ml Worchester sauce
  • ½ tsp Origanum, dried
  • ½ tsp / 2.5ml Spice Mecca Basil
  • 1 tbls / 15ml Brown sugar

White sauce:

  • 40g Butter
  • 40g Wheat cake flour
  • 1 tsp / 5ml Mustard powder
  • ½ tsp / 2.5ml Spice Mecca Smoked paprika
  • ½ tsp / 2.5ml Onion powder
  • 1 ½ tsp / 7.5ml Salt
  • 500ml Full cream milk (or none dairy substitute)
  • 500g Macaroni, cooked according to packet instructions (available at Excellent Meat Market)
  • 2 cup / 500ml Cheddar cheese, grated(available at Excellent Meat Market)
  • To garnish: Basil and roasted cherry tomatoes