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Baked Pasta With Cheese Recipe (Zapečeni Makaroni)

  • Author: Balkan Lunch Box
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 45 mins
  • Total Time: 50 mins
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Main Course


  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • 1 yellow onion (large, diced)
  • 3 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1 carrot (minced)
  • 1 pound ground veal or beef
  • 1 tomato (skinned and diced)
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley (or handful of fresh, minced)
  • 2 eggs
  • 14 ounces heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pound tube pasta (or similar)
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese (or edam or gouda, grated)
  • 2 tablespoons butter (for the pan)


  1. In a deep pan heat oil on medium, then add onion and garlic. Simmer, then add the carrot. Stir and simmer 3-4 minutes, then add ground beef. Stir and continue simmering for 5-7 minutes. Finally add the tomato, tomato sauce, sugar and spices. Stir well until everything is integrated and simmer an additional 10-12 minutes.
  2. Fill another pot with water for pasta, and bring to boil on high. Add pasta and lower to medium. Stir frequently and cook until pasta is halfway done. Drain and transfer to a pan that’s been buttered. (Pan size: 9in x 13.5in, or a little bigger.) Heat oven to 480F.
  3. In a bowl, whisk eggs, heavy cream and salt until smooth.
  4. Pour the meat sauce over pasta and stir with a spatula. Finally, pour the topping sauce evenly over the pasta and meat sauce, and do not stir this time.
  5. Place in the oven and bake for 10 minutes. Lower the temperature to 390F and bake an additional 5-6 minutes. Take out and top with grated cheese. Return to the oven for 3-4 minutes, or until the cheese melts. Eat while warm.

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