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Filipino Toaster Oven Baked Macaroni

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The baked macaroni covered in cheese.

The baked macaroni covered in cheese.

How to Make Baked Macaroni in a Toaster Oven

I've been craving baked macaroni for days now. Fortunately, I was able to convince my husband to buy the ingredients I need for my "Toaster Oven Baked Macaroni." No, it's not the popular American mac and cheese. It's a Filipino party favorite—a pasta dish made with elbow macaroni that's tossed in meaty, tomato-based sauce and topped with creamy, cheesy white sauce. Yum!

By the way, since I don't have an oven, I used an oven toaster oven to "bake" this dish. It comes out just as well!

The ingredients for the dish.

The ingredients for the dish.


  • 250 grams elbow macaroni
  • Quickmelt cheese (for the topping)

For the Tomato Meat Sauce:

  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil or butter
  • 1/4 kilogram ground beef
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, cubed
  • 1 small (198-gram) can button mushrooms, sliced thinly
  • 1/2 cup Sweet Style Spaghetti Sauce (or tomato sauce of your choice)
  • 1/3 cup tomato paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil leaves
  • 1/4 tablespoon dried oregano leaves
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 beef bouillon cube

For the White Sauce (Mornay Sauce):

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 cup (250-millilitre tetra pack) fresh milk
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 beef bouillon cube
  • pepper
  • nutmeg


Step 1: Cook Macaroni

Cook the elbow macaroni according to package instructions. Drain and set aside.

Note: If you are using a real oven, undercook the pasta for about 5 minutes. It will have enough time to get fully cooked when you bake it later in the oven. As for me, since I used a toaster oven, I boiled it for only 8 minutes to become "al dente" and not soggy. Who likes soggy pasta anyway? Well, I don't!

Step 2: Make Tomato Meat Sauce

  1. In a hot cooking pot, sauté garlic in cooking oil or butter, add onion then ground beef, basil leaves, oregano leaves and beef cube. Cook for 8-10 minutes. Then, throw in the mushrooms and bell peppers. Cook for at least 3 minutes more.
  2. Add water. Let it boil for 5 minutes, then add tomato paste and tomato sauce. Add sugar, salt, pepper. Stir well and cover the pot. Let it simmer while stirring occasionally for 10 minutes or until it reduce into a thick consistency.
  3. Remove from heat and set aside.

Step 3: Make White Sauce (Mornay Sauce)

  1. In a bowl, combine water, milk, crushed beef cube, pepper and a dash of nutmeg. Set aside.
  2. Melt butter over low heat in a non-stick saucepan. Stir in flour until well incorporated and cook for 3 to 5 minutes. Be careful not to burn it. It should be yellowish, NOT brownish!
  3. Now, slowly add the milk/water mixture into the flour/butter mixture while stirring. Continue to stir until it turns thick and creamy.
  4. Remove from heat and set aside.

Step 4: Assemble and Bake

  1. Toss the cooked pasta into the tomato meat sauce until every piece is well-coated.
  2. On a baking pan (in my case, I used 2 small rectangular aluminum trays), arrange a layer of elbow macaroni with meat sauce, cover with white sauce, and then top with grated cheese. Repeat to make two layers. If you're using a deeper dish, you can go ahead and make three layers.
  3. Bake at 350°F for 25 minutes (oven) or 15 minutes (turbo) or 4 to 6 minutes (toaster oven).
  4. Let it set for at least 10 minutes before slicing. Best served with garlic bread on the side.
Baking in the toaster oven.

Baking in the toaster oven.

Try Out This Recipe and Tell Me What You Think!

betta addict (author) on September 14, 2013:

@anonymous: Hi Kizha! Thanks for dropping by. And yes, you can definitely opt out of the nutmeg in the sauce and use pieces and stems instead of button mushrooms. :D

anonymous on September 14, 2013:

This is what I've been looking for.... an avid pasta dishes lover here and been dying to cook baked mac but then yun nga I don't have an oven... Glad I've found your blog ^_^ Nice and detailed instructions with great pictures too.... I do have a question though, can I opt out the nutmeg sa white sauce? and get the pieces and stems mushrooms instead of the button one? Hope you can post more pasta dishes... Kudos!

betta addict (author) on March 17, 2013:

@anonymous: You're welcome! You can also check out some of the other recipes I have. https://hubpages.com/food/instant-party-food and https://hubpages.com/food/filipino-chicken-adobo-m...

anonymous on March 17, 2013:

thanks much for this recipe :D

anonymous on March 17, 2013:

thanks much for this recipe :D

betta addict (author) on July 04, 2012:

@anonymous: You're welcome Michelle! I'm glad you liked this page. =)

anonymous on July 04, 2012:

tnx for sharing your recipe using oven toaster,,,ive been craving for baked mac but i don't have oven that's why now that u shared ur recipe,,,,im going to the supermarket to buy my ingredients,,,tamang tama sa bday ko this july 6.!!!!

betta addict (author) on April 14, 2012:

@anonymous: Thanks jercow75! I'm glad you liked it. =D

anonymous on April 14, 2012:

This looks really good. A very well done lens. We will be giving this one a try.

betta addict (author) on January 03, 2012:

@queenofduvetcover: I love it too!!! Thanks queenofduvetcovers! -- Joey

queenofduvetcover on January 03, 2012:

I love baked mac and cheese, nice lens! =)

betta addict (author) on December 31, 2011:

@anonymous: Thanks!!! I'm glad you liked my lens. -- Joey

anonymous on December 31, 2011:

great instructions, photos, and how you presented it! enjoyed my read this morning.

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