I love this dish, specially the way it beans and macroni blends with each other. We used to have this dish in one of our favorite restaurant back home, and like many other dishes I missed this dish so badly!
That made me do some searching, and some adjustments to achieve the taste I was missing, and this is the result. I absolutely love it! A complete dish in itself.
Let's collect the ingredients:
1 cup, cooked Macroni
1 1/2 Onions
3 Tomatoes2 cloves Garlic, crushed
1/2 tsp Chili Powder
1 small can, Baked Beans (I mixed white beans in tomato and kidney beans)
3 tbsp Tomato ketch-up
5-6 tbsp white cheese sauce,
50 gms, grated cheese
1 tbsp Butter
Salt to taste
Let's start cooking:
Cut the onions and capsicums into rings.
Put the tomatoes in a bowl and microwave on HIGH for about 3 to 4 minutes. Cool and remove the skins. Grate.
Put the butter in a non-stick pan; add onion rings and sauté for 30 half a minute. Add the capsicum rings and sauté. (You can also microwave them) Take out some rings of Onion and Capsicum for decoration.Add garlic, tomato pulp, chili powder and let it cook well.
Add beans, salt and tomato ketch up and mix well. Layer them on a baking plate.
Mix cooked macroni with cheese sauce. I did that in the same pan as I did other veggies so that it also gets a pinch of taste from using same pan.
Lay this as a layer on top of mixture in baking plate.Cover it with those veggie rings we kept aside for decoration and cheese.
Bake for approx. 30 mins or till the cheese is melted and forms a layer the way you prefer it.
I like it baked till brown spots appear on the melted cheese, giving it a bit firm look.
Your Hot Pot Macroni is ready! Serve hot.