6 Ways To Make Baked Mac

How do you make baked mac? Here are easy recipes and the ingredients to use.

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Baked macaroni, or baked mac for short, is another party staple that gets a lot of excitement when seen on the buffet table. 

You might actually either get a baked macaroni or a Pinoy-style spaghetti if it's a birthday party. Whichever pasta you encounter, one thing is certain: it's an automatic winning dish. Even the most simple baked mac ingredients make it sound irresistible! It's elbow-shaped pasta tossed in a delicious tomato sauce made flavorful and covered in a blanket of melty cheesy. That melty cheese could even be gooey and stringy, too. 

The baked macaroni recipe you love can be one of these delicious pasta recipes if you're willing to give these a try: 

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1 Basic Baked Macaroni Recipe 

The basic recipe for this party staple has simple ingredients: pasta, spaghetti sauce, ground meat, hotdogs, and melty cheese. If this is the kind that makes you relive your childhood, try this version that's easy to make and even easier to fall in love with. 

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2 Baked Macaroni with Corned Beef Recipe 

Baked macaroni is pretty meaty already, especially if you make it extra and use ground beef instead of the usual ground pork. Whether you're using either kind of meat for your version, try adding a can of corned beef to the mix. This canned beef that's been heavily salted and seasoned will give your baked mac pasta sauce an intense and super flavorful boost. 

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3 Chicken Macaroni Recipe  

Who said that the ingredients in your baked mac had to be beef or pork only? For this version, you can swap the baked mac ingredients and use ground chicken instead of either red meat. The result is still the same baked mac taste but with a different meat and texture that's still delicious in its own way.    

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4 Baked Macaroni and Cheese Recipe 

You can deny that a baked macaroni doesn't need meat or even a tomato sauce to be super delicious and appetizing. For those who don't like tomato-based pasta and who are trying to eat less meat, you can just have the pasta, cheese, and nothing else. These baked macaroni and cheese recipes are super delicious despite it not having any meat at all. 

You can keep it creamy and cheesy delicious or take the tips found in these recipes (We especially love the crunch that Panko breadcrumbs give this dish!) to make your baked macaroni even more appetizing with every scoop.  

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5 Baked Mac Cups Recipe 

Are you the type who doesn't like to share when it comes to baked mac? You may love this way of serving your version. The baked mac ingredients are similar but what really becomes apparent is that each serving is just for you. 

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6 Bacon and Cheese Macaroni Recipe  

You have to love that there are many kinds of meat that you can use for your baked mac! In this version, you swap out the meat and instead use bacon. The bacon is a delicious ingredient to add to the mix of what could otherwise be a too simple recipe.   

Are you making any of these baked mac recipe ideas? Here are some final tips to remember on how to make baked mac that is the best that you can make:

  • • Remember to preheat the oven temperature at least 20 minutes before using unless the recipe says otherwise. The baked mac temperature should be at least 350 degrees F or 180 degrees C.
  • • Your baking dish should be placed in the center of the oven so it bakes evenly unless the recipe says otherwise as well.
  • • Increase the temperature to 375 or up to 400 degrees F or 190 or 200 degrees C if you are just interested in melting and browning the cheese on top of your baked mac. Watch it carefully, so it doesn't burn! 

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