Macaroni with Beef Mince

Macaroni with Beef Mince


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This is a pasta bake similar to macaroni and cheese but closer to the way they serve it in Egypt. Very hearty and flavourful, I think you'll like it!


Serves: 12 

  • 750g uncooked macaroni
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
  • 2 chicken stock cubes
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 800g beef mince
  • 4 tablespoons tomato paste
  • salt to taste
  • ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup (65ml) vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup (90g) plain flour
  • 3 cups (750ml) milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 3 cups grated mozzarella cheese

Preparation:45min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:1hour15min 

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Grease a 20x30cm baking dish.
  2. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta, 1 tablespoon oil and stock cubes and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.
  3. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large frypan. Saute onion until golden and add beef mince. Cook over medium heat until evenly brown. Stir in tomato paste, salt and pepper; simmer over low heat until heated through.
  4. Heat 1/4 cup oil in a deep saucepan; stir in flour then milk. Cook over medium-low heat until sauce thickens; stir in salt and white pepper. Pour half of the sauce over the cooked macaroni and stir in mozzarella cheese.
  5. Spoon half of the macaroni into prepared dish and top with beef mince mixture. Spoon the remaining macaroni over the beef mince and top with remaining white sauce.
  6. Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes or until golden brown.

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Reviews (4)


This is a great base recipe - though it makes a MASSIVE portion and should be cut in half for a 9x13 baking dish. We didn't have nearly enough of the sauce when it came time to assemble and bake, so threw a jar of spaghetti sauce into the mix (enough for half of the recipe, not the full amount). It was really delicious this way - I really enjoyed the recipe a lot and would have like to try it with a larger amount of the white sauce (with a smaller amount of noodles/pasta) and see how that comes out next time. - 23 May 2013


My son loved this macaroni. For my family, this recipe just needed some seasoning and perhaps adding some Italian sausage would make this recipe a bit more flavorful. I did cut the recipe in half for my family. After tasting the sauce, I added one clove of garlic minced, a teaspoon of Italian seasoning, a teaspoon of basil, and a teaspoon of garlic powder. I covered the pan with tin foil. The dish was ready in 20 minutes. I would advise checking the dish so it doesn't get over cooked. - 06 May 2013


I followed the recipe to the Tee because I am not the most experienced chef in the world. Found this dish to be pretty boring and bland so thinking I should go back to the rest of the dish and add some last minute things to spice it up like a can of diced tomatoes, peas and corn, maybe even some more garlic. Probably not something I will bother to cook again. - 24 May 2016

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