Trinidad Macaroni Pie (recipe)

Trinidad Macaroni Pie

Trinidad Macaroni Pie. I had often wondered if there is such a thing in a definitive sense, however I have gotten so many hits with that as a search term that I now have to believe that there is. Coupled with the fact that my Jamaican mother does not make this dish more than once a leap year (and when she does she does in a -very- different manner) and I have to believe that Trinidad Macaroni pie is indeed not universal in nature.

This dish is a stereotypical part of the traditional Trinidadian Sunday lunch and is also offered in cubed form at BBQs and other casual outdoor functions. Feel free to play around with the proportions. A sprinkling of parsley on top after it comes out of the oven, though not traditional, adds a dash of colour and enough appearance of ‘nutrition’ to soothe any guilt you may have over the comforting (but over the top) fatty starchy content :lol:

Trinidad Macaroni Pie

(Adapted from a recipe in the Naparima Girls’ High School Cookbook)

INGREDIENTS:

1/2 pk macaroni
2 eggs
1/2 lb cheddar cheese, grated
28-32 oz. evaporated milk
1 onion, finely minced
1/2 scotch bonnet pepper, finely minced
salt
pepper

Trinidad Macaroni Pie

METHOD:

1. Preheat oven to 350 F
2. Boil macaroni in salted water
3. Beat eggs, combine in large bowl with onion, pepper, cheese, salt, pepper, and evaporated milk

Trinidad Macaroni Pie

4. Drain macaroni and let cool

Trinidad Macaroni Pie

5. Combine macaroni with egg mixture.
6. Pour everything into a baked oven-ready dish
7. Bake for 30-40 minutes
8. Let cool/set 15-20 minutes before serving

Makes 8 servings

This post was originally published January 31, 2007. It has been updated 3 times since then.

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  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    Trini4Life – oh gorm, Austria! Hope it turned out well :)

    Angela – :) I love hearing all the variations :)

    Resha – Hope that everything turned out well! :)

    Shevonne – I don’t find it necessarily makes it more of an au gratin.. maybe if one topped it with bread crumbs + cheese and used elbows? :) Ooh, that’s also an idea right there :D

    Star – thanks for that Bahamian adaptation :) I’ll be sure to give it a try :) My mom has a booklet of Bahamian recipes from the early 70s. I’ve never given it a shot :) I think I’ll dust it off now :) And yes, that ‘macaroni’ is a very Trini thing :lol:

    Gail – I’m so glad someone else is familiar with the usage of onions :lol: It really is nice!

  • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

    Trini4Life – oh gorm, Austria! Hope it turned out well :)

    Angela – :) I love hearing all the variations :)

    Resha – Hope that everything turned out well! :)

    Shevonne – I don’t find it necessarily makes it more of an au gratin.. maybe if one topped it with bread crumbs + cheese and used elbows? :) Ooh, that’s also an idea right there :D

    Star – thanks for that Bahamian adaptation :) I’ll be sure to give it a try :) My mom has a booklet of Bahamian recipes from the early 70s. I’ve never given it a shot :) I think I’ll dust it off now :) And yes, that ‘macaroni’ is a very Trini thing :lol:

    Gail – I’m so glad someone else is familiar with the usage of onions :lol: It really is nice!

  • Adeola

    Any of the Trini’s here add crushed crakers tothe op of their macaroni pie. I live in the US now so I have to use elbow macaroni, but i add a layer of crackers and cheese on the top of my pie. MMMMM great!!! My dinner guest love it.

  • Adeola

    Any of the Trini’s here add crushed crakers tothe op of their macaroni pie. I live in the US now so I have to use elbow macaroni, but i add a layer of crackers and cheese on the top of my pie. MMMMM great!!! My dinner guest love it.

  • http://www.lilandra.com/blog Lilandra

    me! well sometimes. and sometimes i don’t! it depends on my mood:

    lilandra.com/blog/archives/2008/08/18/another-macaroni-pie-recipe/

  • http://www.lilandra.com/blog Lilandra

    me! well sometimes. and sometimes i don’t! it depends on my mood:

    lilandra.com/blog/archives/2008/08/18/another-macaroni-pie-recipe/

  • trinidad girl

    i know what you mean i eat that almost every SUNDAY my parents are both from there and it is a tradition in my family

  • trinidad girl

    i know what you mean i eat that almost every SUNDAY my parents are both from there and it is a tradition in my family

  • Donna

    Yum! I was looking for a recipe for this. My Grannie is from Trinidad and this is a staple at every family gathering. I was curious if this was some ‘secret’ recipe since I’ve never had it other than when my Trini family members have made it. Found your site and that’s almost bang on to our ‘family’ recipe. We don’t use evaporated milk, just regular milk, but always onions! It’s not the same without the onions. I’m in Ontario, Canada, and can find the long macaroni pretty easily, but when I can’t I just use penne and it comes out great. Thanks for the great recipe!

  • Donna

    Yum! I was looking for a recipe for this. My Grannie is from Trinidad and this is a staple at every family gathering. I was curious if this was some ‘secret’ recipe since I’ve never had it other than when my Trini family members have made it. Found your site and that’s almost bang on to our ‘family’ recipe. We don’t use evaporated milk, just regular milk, but always onions! It’s not the same without the onions. I’m in Ontario, Canada, and can find the long macaroni pretty easily, but when I can’t I just use penne and it comes out great. Thanks for the great recipe!

  • Jill (Empress)

    Bake macaroni or macaroni pie as we call it is a must in my house on Sundays,just some little add ons that I usually do which includes three different cheeses and mustard definitely gives it a unique flavor .Try it.

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      I likin’ the mustard suggestion… I’ll definitely try that… thanks! :D

  • Jill (Empress)

    Bake macaroni or macaroni pie as we call it is a must in my house on Sundays,just some little add ons that I usually do which includes three different cheeses and mustard definitely gives it a unique flavor .Try it.

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      I likin’ the mustard suggestion… I’ll definitely try that… thanks! :D

  • http://www.myspace.com/dawnyourbklynsweetie Dawn

    i must say…. this was a great recipe.. it was my first time making it and it was delicious!! i was so worried that i wasnt going to get it right because i was trying to impress my man cuz he is a trini lol but he loved it!!! thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    i lvoe all your recipes… you make cooking easy!

  • http://www.myspace.com/dawnyourbklynsweetie Dawn

    i must say…. this was a great recipe.. it was my first time making it and it was delicious!! i was so worried that i wasnt going to get it right because i was trying to impress my man cuz he is a trini lol but he loved it!!! thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    i lvoe all your recipes… you make cooking easy!

  • Barry

    For Macaroni Pie what weight does half pack equate to?

  • Barry

    For Macaroni Pie what weight does half pack equate to?

  • Barry

    I recall having red beans as an accompanyment to macaroni pie. Can some one advise how to make this please?

  • Barry

    I recall having red beans as an accompanyment to macaroni pie. Can some one advise how to make this please?

  • gazabo

    i say trini style is the best.say wah.i man is trini

  • gazabo

    i say trini style is the best.say wah.i man is trini

  • http://trinigourmet.com shereen

    i loved your version for the pie sometimes i add sweet peppers tomatoes and onion on top it smells completely different…and tastes so delicious not everyone likes it especially the little ones so i try to do on only half and the mustard is a must……

    shereen’s last blog post..Caramel Crunch Bars

  • http://trinigourmet.com shereen

    i loved your version for the pie sometimes i add sweet peppers tomatoes and onion on top it smells completely different…and tastes so delicious not everyone likes it especially the little ones so i try to do on only half and the mustard is a must……

    shereen’s last blog post..Caramel Crunch Bars

  • Panda

    My mom has a completely different recipe that i think is just a little bit better.
    You will need:
    2 eggs
    1/4 cup flour
    1&1/2 cups of chicken broth
    1&1/2 cups milk or one can of condensed milk
    2 cups (8 ounces) of cheddar cheese
    2 sticks of butter
    16 ounces of macaroni elbows

    Boil the macaroni in salted water, strain and return to empty pot, set aside.

    In seperate pan, melt 2 sticks of butter, add flour and stir until the flour is mixed well into the butter. Add chicken broth and milk. Keep stirring. In a bowl, scramble up the eggs, keep the whisk moving briskly and slowy add at a slow drizzle your butter flour milk broth mixture, keep in mind you want to temper the eggs not cook them, you need them as a liquid. After eggs have been tempered, add to pot. Now add in all the cheese. This will be your cheese sauce, you can add scotch bonnets or onions or both they all taste great in this.

    Now, take a ladel and scoop some sauce into the macaroni pot keep doing so until between 1/4 to 1/2 of the sauce is in the macaroni pot. Grease or butter up a good bake pan, i use an 8″ by 11″ glass one about 3 inches deep but any 2 qt. Baking pan will work fine. Pour in all the macaroni and cheese you mixed up and pour the rest of cheese sauce on top. Crumble up some crackers for the top. And bake at 350 degrees for between 45 minutes to an hour.

    Trust me and try this recipe. Its freakin amazing.

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      Thanks for sharing Panda :) I can’t mix meat with dairy for religious reasons so would have to switch the chicken broth to vegetable broth. I’ll give it a try the next time I make a macaroni pie though. :)

  • Panda

    My mom has a completely different recipe that i think is just a little bit better.
    You will need:
    2 eggs
    1/4 cup flour
    1&1/2 cups of chicken broth
    1&1/2 cups milk or one can of condensed milk
    2 cups (8 ounces) of cheddar cheese
    2 sticks of butter
    16 ounces of macaroni elbows

    Boil the macaroni in salted water, strain and return to empty pot, set aside.

    In seperate pan, melt 2 sticks of butter, add flour and stir until the flour is mixed well into the butter. Add chicken broth and milk. Keep stirring. In a bowl, scramble up the eggs, keep the whisk moving briskly and slowy add at a slow drizzle your butter flour milk broth mixture, keep in mind you want to temper the eggs not cook them, you need them as a liquid. After eggs have been tempered, add to pot. Now add in all the cheese. This will be your cheese sauce, you can add scotch bonnets or onions or both they all taste great in this.

    Now, take a ladel and scoop some sauce into the macaroni pot keep doing so until between 1/4 to 1/2 of the sauce is in the macaroni pot. Grease or butter up a good bake pan, i use an 8″ by 11″ glass one about 3 inches deep but any 2 qt. Baking pan will work fine. Pour in all the macaroni and cheese you mixed up and pour the rest of cheese sauce on top. Crumble up some crackers for the top. And bake at 350 degrees for between 45 minutes to an hour.

    Trust me and try this recipe. Its freakin amazing.

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      Thanks for sharing Panda :) I can’t mix meat with dairy for religious reasons so would have to switch the chicken broth to vegetable broth. I’ll give it a try the next time I make a macaroni pie though. :)

  • http://www.bahamasmenu.com star

    On the variation by Panda, just had to ask about the condensed milk. Where I live, condensed milk is referred to as “sweet milk” because it is thick and sweet. We pour it on fresh homemade bread for a treat, bake with it or use it in Milo as a creamy sweetener.

    Are you actually adding sweetened condensed milk to this dish, or do you have an unsweetened version? Have never seen UNsweetened condensed milk but its a great idea!

  • http://www.bahamasmenu.com star

    On the variation by Panda, just had to ask about the condensed milk. Where I live, condensed milk is referred to as “sweet milk” because it is thick and sweet. We pour it on fresh homemade bread for a treat, bake with it or use it in Milo as a creamy sweetener.

    Are you actually adding sweetened condensed milk to this dish, or do you have an unsweetened version? Have never seen UNsweetened condensed milk but its a great idea!

  • Panda

    Yes, i am actually adding “sweet” milk. Trust me, it changes the taste for the better!

  • Panda

    Yes, i am actually adding “sweet” milk. Trust me, it changes the taste for the better!

  • jo

    My husband makes this for me and I love it! We usually have to use elbow macaroni, but on a trip to Chicago we found one bag of the long noodles in a little cheese and wine shop. He was so excited to find them and after he made a pan of macaroni pie with them I understood why! It was wonderful.

  • jo

    My husband makes this for me and I love it! We usually have to use elbow macaroni, but on a trip to Chicago we found one bag of the long noodles in a little cheese and wine shop. He was so excited to find them and after he made a pan of macaroni pie with them I understood why! It was wonderful.

  • keish

    I saw my aunt make this once and swore not to ever do so again. then again I would be happy to eat it anytime !!

    For a large pie she put
    * 8 eggs
    * 1 stick butter
    * whole mik
    * 2 pack grated sharp chedder

    A real mac-n-cheese

    I tried adding a little blue cheese (for sharpness) and it added a unique flavor. I’ll try it with the scotch bonnets

    Great recipe

  • keish

    I saw my aunt make this once and swore not to ever do so again. then again I would be happy to eat it anytime !!

    For a large pie she put
    * 8 eggs
    * 1 stick butter
    * whole mik
    * 2 pack grated sharp chedder

    A real mac-n-cheese

    I tried adding a little blue cheese (for sharpness) and it added a unique flavor. I’ll try it with the scotch bonnets

    Great recipe

  • http://aol.com ladiis4lyfe

    wow me thougt me tasted all de pie variations but dis me have to ask someone to make fah me since me ah lical to young to operate de oven with such heat ya kno.

  • http://aol.com ladiis4lyfe

    wow me thougt me tasted all de pie variations but dis me have to ask someone to make fah me since me ah lical to young to operate de oven with such heat ya kno.

  • http://www.caribbeanrecipes.info CaribbeanRecipes.info

    Hi,

    There was no need to put in the complaints. If you just asked that would have been sufficient to change the text and remove your photos.

    I dont understand why you are challengin the Macaroni Pie Recipe. That is my own recipe.

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      I emailed you on two occasions. On neither occasion did I receive any response thus leading me to exercise my other legal options. As you never requested permission to use my materials (or the materials of the other bloggers whose work you have stolen) and you never gave me (or them) any credit, and even went so far as to deliberately alter my images so as to remove the watermarks, it is not for you to dictate or suggest how I, as the copyright owner, should protect my work. I fully expect the infringing materials to be removed within 24 hours from both CaribbeanRecipes.info and EasyCaribbeanShop.com. The macaroni pie link was erroneously submitted to me and upon double checking I retracted it from subsequent submissions and forwarded the link instead to the photographer whose work you -did- take. So yes, instead of 11 links containing MY uncredited material, your site indeed ‘only’ had 10. The Caribbean food blogging world is an overwhelmingly ethical, respectful and protective one and we all look out for each other. If you are truly interested in becoming part of it you will respect your fellow netizens by spending more time developing your own material and being willing to give credit where credit is due.

  • http://www.caribbeanrecipes.info CaribbeanRecipes.info

    Hi,

    There was no need to put in the complaints. If you just asked that would have been sufficient to change the text and remove your photos.

    I dont understand why you are challengin the Macaroni Pie Recipe. That is my own recipe.

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      I emailed you on two occasions. On neither occasion did I receive any response thus leading me to exercise my other legal options. As you never requested permission to use my materials (or the materials of the other bloggers whose work you have stolen) and you never gave me (or them) any credit, and even went so far as to deliberately alter my images so as to remove the watermarks, it is not for you to dictate or suggest how I, as the copyright owner, should protect my work. I fully expect the infringing materials to be removed within 24 hours from both CaribbeanRecipes.info and EasyCaribbeanShop.com. The macaroni pie link was erroneously submitted to me and upon double checking I retracted it from subsequent submissions and forwarded the link instead to the photographer whose work you -did- take. So yes, instead of 11 links containing MY uncredited material, your site indeed ‘only’ had 10. The Caribbean food blogging world is an overwhelmingly ethical, respectful and protective one and we all look out for each other. If you are truly interested in becoming part of it you will respect your fellow netizens by spending more time developing your own material and being willing to give credit where credit is due.

  • Jaz Borden

    There was no need? Did you fracture your skull falling down a staircase before you posted that? You were contacted, and the picture wasn’t yours to use i.e. you stole it and used it without going through the proper channels to obtain permission from the author/s. You lost all rights to suggesting how authors should handle content theft of their material when you resigned yourself to stealing it. It must be a criminal offense where you are to actually have quality original content. I wonder if anyone even bothers to steal “your” work? You probably wouldn’t care since the quality work is probably not your own.

  • Jaz Borden

    There was no need? Did you fracture your skull falling down a staircase before you posted that? You were contacted, and the picture wasn’t yours to use i.e. you stole it and used it without going through the proper channels to obtain permission from the author/s. You lost all rights to suggesting how authors should handle content theft of their material when you resigned yourself to stealing it. It must be a criminal offense where you are to actually have quality original content. I wonder if anyone even bothers to steal “your” work? You probably wouldn’t care since the quality work is probably not your own.

  • Lynn Li

    Look here, Carribean.Recipes.info, theft is theft. You cannot take the pictures that other people took. That’s the way it works… it’s called STEALING. Unless you have a brain the size of a pea that functions as well as a broken faucet, you should understand that you cannot take what is not yours and pass it off as your own.

    How’s this for a start: get your own digital camera and take your OWN pictures. Write YOUR OWN recipes.

  • Lynn Li

    Look here, Carribean.Recipes.info, theft is theft. You cannot take the pictures that other people took. That’s the way it works… it’s called STEALING. Unless you have a brain the size of a pea that functions as well as a broken faucet, you should understand that you cannot take what is not yours and pass it off as your own.

    How’s this for a start: get your own digital camera and take your OWN pictures. Write YOUR OWN recipes.

  • http://chennette.net Chennette

    If caribbeanrecipes.info and easycaribbeanshop are reading this still – you steal loads of content from other people and were hoping they’d never notice? and still don’t think you require an official complaint/notice? Flagrant and repeated theft isn’t solved simply by removing the content when it displays a pattern of conduct and disregard for law and ownership of property…or just plain good manners.
    .-= Chennette´s last blog ..Farewell Geocities =-.

  • http://chennette.net Chennette

    If caribbeanrecipes.info and easycaribbeanshop are reading this still – you steal loads of content from other people and were hoping they’d never notice? and still don’t think you require an official complaint/notice? Flagrant and repeated theft isn’t solved simply by removing the content when it displays a pattern of conduct and disregard for law and ownership of property…or just plain good manners.
    .-= Chennette´s last blog ..Farewell Geocities =-.

  • keish

    Can everyone stop posting your disagreements in the recipe comments? peope signed up to receive updates about the RECIPES, really don’t want to hear it…

    Thanks

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      Keish, if you don’t want to hear it fair enough. However as the site owner I must say it has meant a lot to me to feel the support and outrage of other readers who clearly do not accept or consider the blatant theft of my work a matter of ‘disagreement’. Thank you Jaz, Lynn and Chennette.

  • keish

    Can everyone stop posting your disagreements in the recipe comments? peope signed up to receive updates about the RECIPES, really don’t want to hear it…

    Thanks

    • http://www.TriniGourmet.com Sarina

      Keish, if you don’t want to hear it fair enough. However as the site owner I must say it has meant a lot to me to feel the support and outrage of other readers who clearly do not accept or consider the blatant theft of my work a matter of ‘disagreement’. Thank you Jaz, Lynn and Chennette.

  • http://www.caribbeanrecipes.info CaribbeanRecipes.info

    Hi Guys,

    I did not want to offend anybody. I put these recipes on my easycaribbean site for the benefit of my customers. Unfortunatly I did not put credit to the owners.

    I apoligise for this. You can be flattered in the fact that when I was picking these recipes and photos I was picking only the best.

    Anyway now I am in the process of changing over all my pictures and recipes and hope not to offend anybody in the future. www.simplytrinicooking.com has been very kind and they wanted me just to put a link to credit them with the work which is fine.

    Anyway once again sorry for offending anybody. This was not my intention.
    .-= CaribbeanRecipes.info´s last blog ..Green Fig Salad =-.

  • http://www.caribbeanrecipes.info CaribbeanRecipes.info

    Hi Guys,

    I did not want to offend anybody. I put these recipes on my easycaribbean site for the benefit of my customers. Unfortunatly I did not put credit to the owners.

    I apoligise for this. You can be flattered in the fact that when I was picking these recipes and photos I was picking only the best.

    Anyway now I am in the process of changing over all my pictures and recipes and hope not to offend anybody in the future. www.simplytrinicooking.com has been very kind and they wanted me just to put a link to credit them with the work which is fine.

    Anyway once again sorry for offending anybody. This was not my intention.
    .-= CaribbeanRecipes.info´s last blog ..Green Fig Salad =-.

  • Jaz Borden

    Keish, this is also a site for anything Trinigourmet and like any owner it is only natural that she would want to feel the support from fans of her work as it is a very integral part of what any food blogger does so you really need to rethink that post.

  • Jaz Borden

    Keish, this is also a site for anything Trinigourmet and like any owner it is only natural that she would want to feel the support from fans of her work as it is a very integral part of what any food blogger does so you really need to rethink that post.

  • Cat

    The recipe says use half a pack of macaroni. Exactly how many grams or ounces is that? Is it a one pound bag? Can you please clarify?

  • Cat

    The recipe says use half a pack of macaroni. Exactly how many grams or ounces is that? Is it a one pound bag? Can you please clarify?

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