Rating: 3.67 stars
12 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 2
  • 4 star values: 7
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1

A delicious Arabian styled macaroni cooked with white sauce (similar to macaroni and cheese).

Gallery

Recipe Summary

prep:
45 mins
cook:
30 mins
total:
1 hr 15 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
12 servings
Advertisement

Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x13 inch baking dish.

    Advertisement
  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta, 1 tablespoon oil and bouillon cubes, and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.

  • Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet. Saute onion until golden and add ground beef. Cook over medium heat until evenly brown. Stir in tomato paste, salt and pepper; simmer over low heat until heated through.

  • Heat 1/4 cup oil in a deep saucepan; stir in flour, then milk. Cook over medium-low heat until sauce thickens; stir in salt and white pepper. Pour half of the sauce over the cooked macaroni and stir in mozzarella cheese. Spoon half of the macaroni into prepared dish and top with ground beef mixture. Spoon the remaining macaroni over the ground beef, and top with remaining white sauce.

  • Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes, or until golden brown.

Nutrition Facts

536 calories; protein 30.3g; carbohydrates 55.2g; fat 20.8g; cholesterol 63.1mg; sodium 471.4mg. Full Nutrition
Advertisement

Reviews (9)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
07/13/2003
This recipe was yummy. I added basil and oregano to the meat mixture and skipped the oil except for the white sauce. The only drawback is all of the cleanup it creates! I had to use two pots a pan and a casserole dish. Read More
(9)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
08/04/2006
We did not like this recipe. It is heavy on the stomach. It make a TON though so be prepared for leftovers. The white sauce was bland and the only flavoring to the whole dish was the tomato paste and pepper. We had to pour on the hot sauce to make it have taste. It requires a lot of dishes and looks like a spaghetti casserole when you are finished. Stick with a meatloaf. Read More
(2)
12 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 2
  • 4 star values: 7
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
07/13/2003
This recipe was yummy. I added basil and oregano to the meat mixture and skipped the oil except for the white sauce. The only drawback is all of the cleanup it creates! I had to use two pots a pan and a casserole dish. Read More
(9)
Rating: 4 stars
06/30/2008
Big hit with me and hubby. Just made a few alterations! I used corn starch instead of flour to thicken the white sauce and also added onion and garlic powder and oregano for the lack in flavor. I added some canned diced tomatoes to the beef mixture. Lastly rather than mozzarella I used 2C of monteray jack and 2C of extra sharp cheddar (mixed and divided evenly in mixture and on top). These cheeses gave the dish a more distictive flavor rather than the typical mozzarella in a pasta dish. Even great as a leftover...not dry at all like most left over pasta dishes! Read More
(6)
Rating: 4 stars
11/03/2002
Pretty good - almost like a hamburger helper dish but higher quality and it is not soupy at all. Not gourmet but a good beef and macaroni dish. A little dry but good flavor. Might want to double the sauce and top with more mozzarella. I will definitely make again when I am in the mood for a beef and noodle dish. Read More
(5)
Advertisement
Rating: 4 stars
09/22/2003
a macaroni and cheese with a meat/tomato filling. Nice for a change. I confess I substituted 1/2 cup tomato sauce instead of the few tbsp of tomato paste the recipe calls for. Read More
(4)
Rating: 4 stars
10/28/2007
This made a HUGE amount of food-- I couldn't fit all of it into my 9x13 dish so I ended up doing some of the macaroni w/ the meat mix and then put some mac w/ sauce in a 7x11 dish and baked them at the same time. That was ok because my daughter isn't wild about beef anyway. I skipped the oil except for the sauce and to the sauce I added a chicken bullion cube. With meat and without this was really good! Read More
(3)
Rating: 5 stars
03/02/2008
Huge hit. Yummy. Read More
(3)
Advertisement
Rating: 2 stars
08/04/2006
We did not like this recipe. It is heavy on the stomach. It make a TON though so be prepared for leftovers. The white sauce was bland and the only flavoring to the whole dish was the tomato paste and pepper. We had to pour on the hot sauce to make it have taste. It requires a lot of dishes and looks like a spaghetti casserole when you are finished. Stick with a meatloaf. Read More
(2)
Rating: 4 stars
10/28/2006
We really liked this recipe! Instead of ground beef I used ground turkey and I used less noodles so that it was really creamy. For a finishing touch I added a dash of nutmeg to the sauce. I'll definitely make this again. Read More
(2)
Rating: 3 stars
09/08/2012
The recipe is ok. I feel like it needs something.....maybe a second type of cheese? Parm provolone? Its pretty plain tasting in my opinion. Read More