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Tikka Masala Mac & Cheese

May 29, 2022 0 Comments

Tikka Masala Mac & Cheese. Need we say more? OK, we’ll say this: our Tikka Masala spice blend takes your mac & cheese game to the next level by adding a smokey depth that will leave everyone at your dinner table — young and old — begging for more!

As always, we try to help you keep the kitchen mess to a minimum. You can make your sauce and bake your mac & cheese in 10" oven-safe skillet or you can make noodles and sauce in one pot and bake in a 9x13 baking dish.

Serves: 5-6
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes

Masi Masa Tikka Mac & Cheese: Prepping Sauce

Creating the depth of flavor...

Masi Masa Tikka Mac & Cheese: Assembled Noodles, Sauce & Topping

Topping on, all set to bake...

Masi Masa Tikka Mac & Cheese: Baked and Ready to Serve

Time to eat!

Shopping List & Prep

  • 2 C macaroni pasta
  • 2 C shredded Italian four-cheese blend
  • ¾ C shredded cheddar cheese
  • ¼ C grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 C whole milk
  • ½ C heavy cream
  • 3 TBSP butter
  • 1 TBSP tomato paste (we suggest getting tomato paste in a tube to eliminate waste)
  • ½ C panko bread crumbs
  • 1 TBSP Masi Masa Tikka Masala Spice Blend
  • 1 TBSP kosher salt

Kitchen Equipment

  • Medium-large saucepan (for boiling pasta)
  • 10” deep sauté pan with lid —OR— 9x13 baking dish, buttered
  • Colander (for draining pasta)
  • Small bowl
  • Large spoon or wood spatula
  • Metal whisk

Cooking Directions

Preheat the oven to 400°F.

Cook noodles:

  1. Fill medium-sized pot halfway with water. Place over high heat and bring to a boil. When boiling, add 1 TBSP kosher salt. Add 2 cups of macaroni and cook according to package instructions. 
  2. Try a noodle or two a minute before the end of the recommended cook time—you’ll want to stop cooking when noodles are al dente as they will finish cooking in the oven. 
  3. When al dente, drain noodles in a colander over the sink. Set aside.
    Make topping: 
    1. in a small bowl mix ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese, ½ cup panko breadcrumbs, and 1/4 cup of cheddar cheese. Set aside for topping. 
      Make sauce:
      1. Heat oven-safe skillet over medium-low heat.* Melt 3 TBSP butter, add 1 TBSP Masi Masa Tikka Masala spice blend and 1 TBSP tomato paste, stirring constantly, for 1 minute.
      2. SLOWLY add 1 cup whole milk and ½ cup heavy cream to the pan, stirring the whole time, and bring to a simmer. 
      3. In quarter cup increments, whisk in 2 cups Italian four-cheese blend and ½ cup cheddar cheese. Continue whisking until all cheese is melted. (The pan should be hot enough to melt the cheese, but not bubbling.

      *If you’re planning on baking in a 9x13 baking dish, you can make the sauce in the same saucepan you used to cook noodles. 

      Combine noodles & sauce:

      1. Add cooked noodles to cheese sauce and mix until noodles are fully coated.
      2. Sprinkle on cheese and breadcrumb topping.

        Bake until golden brown and bubbly, about 25 minutes. 

        If you’re feeling like you need a healthy side dish, we suggest steamed broccoli or green beans and/or a big green salad. 

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