Although I’m trying to stay positive, this year's travel plans are looking a bit bleak, I decided to cheer myself up a bit by taking myself back to Barbados through one of their signature recipes…the macaroni pie! When I went there in 2019 I practically lived off this because it was one of only a handful of things that didn't have meat in it!! It was a good job they had it too because it tastes incredible, it is just macaroni cheese but the Bajan way is to use macaroni tubes rather than the elbow looking pasta but I added some thyme into mine for a bit of extra flavour and you could add any number of herbs and spices to make it your own, I got this recipe from the official Barbados travel website…so you know it’s good!
300g Cheese, grated
2 tbsp Ketchup
1 tbsp Yellow Mustard
1 Onion, grated
1 Egg, beaten
4 Sprigs of Thyme (optional)
To start with, bring a medium pan of salted water to a boil and then add your pasta in, let this cook for around 10-12 minutes until the pasta is cooked through but still tender. Preheat the oven to 200C/ 180 Fan/ Gas Mark 4.
Once your macaroni is cooked, drain it through a colander and add it back to the saucepan. Add in all your ingredients (leave a bit of grated cheese to add to the top), then just add some salt and pepper to taste! Mix this all together well until everything is combined.
Pour your mix into a greased dish (I used a roasting tin) and top with the leftover grated cheese, I also added a bit of extra thyme too, you could also sprinkle some breadcrumbs across the top for a bit of extra crunch if you’ve got any going spare.
Now just bake in the oven for 35-40 minutes until the top is dark and crispy!
Don’t you just wanna throw your face at it?! I think it shows here how simple this is and how normal and easy-to-find the ingredients are, it wasn’t perfect but it definitely took me back to sitting on those beautiful Barbados beaches with a rum in hand and tucking into a tray of macaroni pie in the afternoon.
This meal is perfect as a lunch or dinner, it takes less than an hour to make up and although they usually serve this as a side in Barbados, I think this would be perfect next to some crispy salad.
I really hope it’ll be safe enough soon for us to all go travelling again, Barbados is one of my favourite places in the world and I can’t wait until we’re all able to visit that beautiful country again…and eat all the macaroni pie they can make!