Binnur's Turkish Cookbook - Delicious, healthy and easy-to-make Ottoman & Turkish recipes

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Macaroni and Cheese

(Fırında Makarna)

Turkish Macaroni and Cheese
250 gr penne pasta (picture)

White Sauce:
4 tbsp butter
1/4 cup flour
1 cup milk, warm
4 eggs
1/2 tsp nutmeg
2/3 cup feta cheese, crumbled
1/4 cup parsley, chopped

2/3 cup Turkish kashar or mozzarella cheese, grated

Boil the pasta with salty water following the instructions on the package, drain.

Meanwhile prepare the sauce; melt the butter, add the flour, stir and cook about 3-4 minutes in a medium-size pot. Slowly pour in the warm milk while stirring constantly. The milk and flour should blend very well. Add the nutmeg, salt and pepper. Turn the heat off. Let it cool down a little bit. Then add the eggs one by one, mix very well.

Add the feta cheese and parsley into the sauce then toss it with the pasta. Place it in a medium-size oven proof dish. Cover the pasta with grated cheese equally.

Preheat the oven to 400 F (200 C) and bake for about 30 minutes or until the top takes a golden colour. Don't over bake it!

Makes 4 servings.

Meal Ideas:
- Any kind of Compote, Celery Root in Olive Oil and Turkish Coffee.



At 7:15 PM, Blogger BKeskin said...


I am a frequent follower of your site. Thank you for all the recipes, detailed pictures, and descriptions.
You are great!

This recipe is very delicious as is. For my meat-lover husband, recently I modified the recipe by adding chicken and chopped spinach. It tasted fine that way too. Just wanted to share.

Cok tesekkurler,

At 8:09 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Thank you Burcu:) I am sure it was delicious...I am going to try it:D Thank you forsharing.....

At 9:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Merhaba Binnur,
Biraz once firinda makarnamizi afiyetle yedik.Muhtesem oldu.Tesekkurler.Beyaz peynir ( feta cheese )begenmeyen oglum bile afiyetle bitirdi tabagini.Bende hayatimda ilk defa besemel sos yapmayi becerdim.Herseyin bir ilki vardir....
Oya- Hamilton

At 8:58 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

Ellerine saglik sevgili Oya:) Ozellikle de oglunun yemesine ben de cok sevindim:)

At 1:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My husband is Turkish and our family just came for a visit and made this dish for us at breakfast. It was wonderful, actually anytime of the day I could nibble on it. I do have one question. My mother in law made one breakfast dish, but I don't remember the complete recipe. Sliced bread, with a topping that included, eggs, feta cheese, parsley and milk. Does this sound familiar and if so, am I missing something? Thanks for your help.

Lindsay Taran

At 2:35 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Lindsay,
You should also add melted, unsalted butter in it. Bake it in the oven until the top is golden colour.

At 11:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Merhaba Binnur Teyze
I love your website and this recepie is beautiful i made it last night. Thanks for uploading it.
Afiyet Olsun
Sengun Bay

At 8:55 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Merhaba Sevgili Sengun,
Thank you,it is one of my favorite:)
Ellerine Saglik!

At 8:39 AM, Anonymous Jana said...

I just made it for my roommate and me for lunch, it was soooo yummy !!!! Absolutely perfect ! Thank you !

At 2:56 PM, Anonymous stephanie said...

hello binnur,

i would like to make this on sunday for my friends, but i need to prepare it about 12 hours in advance. would this be ok pre-made and refrgerated for that long? also, would it be better to cook the noodles more al dente so they dont get too soft? thanks so much!

At 7:34 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Stephanie,
Sure, you can prepare the dish in advance:) Just one more thing; stir it before you put it in the oven. Otherwise, all the sauce may sink to the bottom. Then, sprinkle the cheese over the top.


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