As one of the most popular choices on the island, Barbados’ macaroni pie is a must have when you visit the island. When you take your first bite, you’ll be sure to understand the hype that surrounds this dish. You may be questioning – Macaroni pie? Macaroni in pie crust? No need to worry - it’s actually macaroni and cheese made with cheddar cheese and other special ingredients to add the Bajan flavour.
You can find this dish on menus all over the island – from restaurants to buffets to roadside vendors. It is traditionally served for Sunday lunch in Barbadian homes, along with rice and peas, beef stew and chicken or fish. It goes with practically any meat!
We, at The Crane, wanted to help you recreate your Barbados memories, so we have shared the recipe of the Barbados macaroni pie below:
8 oz. long tubed macaroni
4 cups cheddar cheese (grated)
1.5 cups evaporated milk
1 cup water
1/3 cup ketchup
1 tbsp. yellow mustard
1 small onion (grated)
1 egg (beaten)
In a medium saucepan, bring slightly salted water to boil and add macaroni. Add a little oil to prevent the macaroni from sticking together. Boil until macaroni is cooked but firm.
Preheat oven to 350F (180C).
Drain macaroni and combine with cheese in the saucepan. Then add all other ingredients, making sure to stir. Salt and pepper can also be added.
Empty the combination into a greased dish and top with grated cheese.
Bake for 30-40 minutes or until golden brown.
Serve and enjoy!
If you’ve tried this recipe, let us know how much you enjoyed this cheesy Bajan goodness!