South Indian-Style Macaroni and Cheese


For an Indian twist on macaroni and cheese, try this delicious casserole recipe that includes Asiago and cheddar cheeses.

South Indian-Style Macaroni and Cheese
Photo: Andy Lyons
Cook Time:
15 mins
Bake Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
40 mins


  • 8 ounce dried macaroni

  • 2 cup frozen peas

  • ½ cup soft bread crumbs

  • ¼ cup freshly grated Asiago cheese (1 oz.)

  • ½ teaspoon paprika

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon garam masala

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon ground turmeric

  • 3 tablespoon butter

  • 1 teaspoon garlic paste

  • ½ teaspoon finely shredded fresh ginger

  • 2 tablespoon all-purpose flour

  • 3 cup milk

  • 2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese (8 oz.)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cook macaroni according to package directions;. Place peas in colander. Drain pasta in colander with the peas. Set aside.

  2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl combine bread crumbs, Asiago, and paprika; set aside. In another bowl stir together salt, garam masala, black pepper, cayenne, and turmeric; set aside.

  3. In large saucepan melt butter. Add garlic paste and ginger; cook and stir 1 minute. Add salt-spice mixture and cook 2 minutes. Stir in flour until combined, about 1 minutes. Add milk all at once. Cook and stir until slightly thickened and bubbly. Stir in cheddar cheese until melted. Stir in cooked macaroni and peas. Transfer to 2-quart rectangular baking dish; sprinkle with bread crumb mixture. Bake, uncovered, 25 to 30 minutes or until bubbly and crumbs are golden. Makes 6 servings.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

481 Calories
23g Fat
46g Carbs
23g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 481
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 23g 29%
Saturated Fat 14g 70%
Cholesterol 70mg 23%
Sodium 652mg 28%
Total Carbohydrate 46g 17%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 23g
Vitamin C 8.9mg 45%
Calcium 494.7mg 38%
Iron 2.7mg 15%
Potassium 398mg 8%
Folate, total 137.1mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.9mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.2mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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