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Haitian Mac and Cheese Recipe

We’re all used to good old gooey and cheesy mac and cheese as the ultimate comfort food for a family get-together. However, having it often enough turns it ordinary and has no effect

So, to breathe new life into this classic dish, you have to try making a tropical version of it 一 Haitian Mac and Cheese. It is cheesy and comforting, but with crunchy bell peppers and onions. 

This dish is also known as “Haitian Macaroni au Gratun” or “Haitian Macaroni au Gratun”. Still, regardless of the name, you must learn how to make this tropical Haitian Mac and Cheese.

How to Make Haitian Mac and Cheese

This delicious Haitian dish is a tropical version of the traditional baked mac and cheese. It features sauteed bell peppers, onions, garlic, and mayonnaise. It is an extra cheese with a classic golden crust on top. 

You may have a hearty supper or entertaining side dish after only 20 minutes in the oven. 

The secret is to use Parmesan and gouda cheese to make a real difference. No disrespect o the cheddar, though.

This Haitian Mac and Cheese will come in handy whenever you need a good pasta bake. For any special event, you may even double or triple the recipe.

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Ingredients:

(4 servings)

  • 8 oz rigatoni pasta
  • 6 oz evaporated milk
  • 2 tbsp onion
  • 1 bell pepper
  • ½ tbsp butter
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • ¾ shredded gouda cheese
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

Other than purchasing some fine cheeses from your neighborhood grocery shop, there is nothing unusual about this Haitian Mac and Cheese.

The other thing is to shred your cheese. Although it might seem too basic, it makes a real difference in your mac and cheese. Don’t be lazy to shred the cheese instead of using the pre-shredded version that is usually coated in starchy and possibly chemical substances.

Freshly shredded cheese melts better. It’s a truth you won’t believe before you try. So it’s time to check it with these tropical Mac and Cheese.

Step 1: 

Preheat an oven to 350°F and prepare the baking dish greasing the bottom and sides with butter or non-stick oil spray. 

Step 2: 

Chop the onion, and the bell pepper should then be cut in half; the core and seeds should be taken out, and the pepper neatly sliced. Finally, mince the garlic to finish the prep stage. 

Step 3:

In a medium-sized pan over medium-high heat, melt the butter. Once the butter melts, add the chopped onion and cook for about 2 minutes until it gets transparent. 

Add garlic and paper to the skillet and saute for another 5 minutes until the pepper softens and remove from heat. Set aside.

Step 4: 

Prepare the pasta according to the instructions on the package. If you prefer it slightly harder, cook them less than recommended. Otherwise, follow the package instructions. 

Pasta should be drained and added back to the pot. Add the veggies, mayo, evaporated milk, and shredded cheese. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Stir on the stove over medium-high heat until the cheese starts melting.

Step 5: 

Move your pasta to the baking dish and generously top it with more parmesan and gouda

Place the dish in the oven for about 25 minutes or until the top begins to brown and crisp. Turn your oven to broil setting for another couple of minutes if you like is particularly crispy.

Serve with chicken or other or your mac and cheese favorite sides, and enjoy! You will like it.

Ingredient Substitution

Haitian Mac and Cheese differ from traditional one because it has room for experiments. Bell peppers, onion, and garlic are not the only things you can add. Improvise or add your favorite veggies

Your pasta won’t be any less tropical if you decide to extend the list of ingredients or substitute a thing or two.

Regular Milk

The milk in the fridge is an excellent substitute for evaporated milk with a bit of thickening. But the best would be to make your own evaporated milk

Place about 60% more milk than the recipe calls for, bring it to a boil, and reduce it gently till you reach the desired amount. Cool the mixture and use it in your recipe.

Jalapenos

If you’re up for some spice without the sweetness, swap bell peppers for jalapenos. People who struggle with spicy food might not find it a great suggestion. 

But looking past the heat, you will find green jalapenos share similar grassy notes with green bell peppers. 

Greek Yogurt

Greek Yogurt is one of the best mayonnaise substitutes for consistency. It is creamy and offers you the same bright and tangy flavor. Moreover, it has more protein than mayo too. 

However, make sure to go with the non-flavored greek yogurt, which is the closest to mayo here.

What to Serve with Haitian Mac and Cheese

Since you probably already have preferences about what to serve with the Mac and Cheese, this section might seem redundant. 

Still, remember that Haitian Mac and Cheese differs from the regular dish. It would help if you had something not less flavorful to complement the dish

Meatloaf

Haitian Mac and Cheese, like meatloaf, are excellent all by itself. However, the latter is a sweet and savory dish that transforms your mac and cheese into a full meal. When paired together, these two make a magical symphony of texture and flavor.

You can even go as far as stuffing the meatloaf with mac and cheese. There is such a thing. Who would have thought you could make one extra cheesy meatloaf by combining two dishes in one?

Meatballs 

Another meaty option that combines perfectly with tropical Mac and Cheese is meatballsSweet and savory meatballs and creamy mac and cheese 一 aren’t they just meant to be together?

You can whip these meatballs up with the chili sauce or go for BBQ meatballs in a tangy sauce. The choice is yours, but good old marinara will satisfy your needs.

Chili

Mac and cheese is the ultimate comfort food. But it’s not one of a kind. Chili also falls under this category and pairs well with gooey mac and cheese

These two create a harmony of hearty, meaty, fiery, creamy, and cheese goodness. You can’t resist this combo. Not in a hundred years.

How to Reheat Haitian Mac and Cheese

Reviving Mac and Cheese is one of the most challenging tasks since it’s hard to make it taste anew once the gooeyness wears off. However, it is still possible if you have any leftover mac and cheese.

Reheat Haitian Mac and Cheese in the Microwave

Place your Mac and Cheese into a microwave-safe bowl and add 1 tablespoon of milk or some alternative you used per 1 cup of mac and cheese. 

Cover the bowl with an inverted plate and heat up slowly. Start with a minute, stir and continue to reheat mac and cheese in 30-second intervals.

Reheat Haitian Mac and Cheese in an Oven

To reheat leftover Mac and Cheese, place it into an oven-safe dish or the baking dish you’ve cooked it in before. Also, add 1 tablespoon of milk and mix. Cover the dish with aluminum foil and place it in an oven preheated to 350°F for about 20-30 minutes.

How to Store Haitian Mac and Cheese

Generally, Mac and Cheese is not suitable for making ahead of time. It’s best eaten as it’s made. However, if you have to have some Haitian Mac and Cheese left, don’t rush to throw it away. 

As Mac and Cheese reheat well, you need to store it properly.

Store Haitian Mac and Cheese in the Fridge

Since cooked mac and cheese doesn’t last long, you must eat it within a week. Put it in an airtight bowl and store it in the refrigerator to make it last longer.

Store Haitian Mac and Cheese in the Freezer

If you’re unsure you can finish your Mac and Cheese within a week, store it in the freezer. Use a zip-top bag or an airtight container. However, let your mac & cheese cool entirely to room temperature.

For around 3 months, mac & cheese will keep nicely in the freezer.

haitian mac and cheese

Haitian Mac and Cheese Recipe

This Haitian Mac and Cheese recipe takes your classic mac and cheese to the next level. The dish takes on new colors literally. Add bell peppers, onion, garlic, and mayo to elevate the flavors and make this cheesy side even better.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 407 kcal
Equipment
  • baking dish
  • Skillet
  • pot
Ingredients
  
  • 8 oz. rigatoni pasta
  • 6 oz. evaporated milk
  • 2 tbsp onion
  • 1 bell pepper
  • ½ tbsp butter
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • ¾ shredded gouda cheese
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
 
  • Preheat an oven to 350°F and prepare the baking dish greasing the bottom and sides with butter or non-stick oil spray. 
  • Chop the onion, and the bell pepper should then be cut in half; the core and seeds should be taken out, and the pepper neatly sliced. Finally, mince the garlic to finish the prep stage. 
  • In a medium-sized pan over medium-high heat, melt the butter. Once the butter melts, add the chopped onion and cook for about 2 minutes until it gets transparent. 
    Add garlic and paper to the skillet and saute for another 5 minutes until the pepper softens and remove from heat. Set aside.
  • Prepare the pasta according to the instructions on the package. If you prefer it slightly harder, cook them less than recommended. Otherwise, follow the package instructions. 
    Pasta should be drained and added back to the pot. Add the veggies, mayo, evaporated milk, and shredded cheese. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Stir on the stove over medium-high heat until the cheese starts melting.
  • Move your pasta to the baking dish and generously top it with more parmesan and gouda
    Place the dish in the oven for about 25 minutes or until the top begins to brown and crisp. Turn your oven to broil setting for another couple of minutes if you like is particularly crispy.
    Serve with chicken or other or your mac and cheese favorite sides, and enjoy! 
Nutrition
Calories: 407kcalCarbohydrates: 50gProtein: 13gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 7gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 238mgPotassium: 351mgFiber: 3gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 1101IUVitamin C: 40mgCalcium: 205mgIron: 1mg

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