Evelyn Chartres Author

Beef and Macaroni au Four

Ground beef and macaroni with a pasta sauce is pretty much a staple of Canadian cooking. There is also seems to be no end in sight for variants on this particular dish and it is readily available in stores.

This variant is quick and easy to make. I use melt some shredded cheese on top using an oven. While I use a four-cheese or Portobello mushroom pasta sauce, any variants that catch your eye will do!

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces (225 g) of elbow macaroni
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of butter
  • 1 pound (450 g) of ground beef
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) of finely chopped onions
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) of finely chopped roasted red peppers
  • 2 cloves (5-10 mg) of pressed garlic
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of Italian Seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) of salt
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) of pepper
  • 22 fluid ounces (650 ml) of pasta sauce
  • ¼ cup of shredded mozzarella cheese (per portion)

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Prepare macaroni in accordance with package instructions.
  3. In a large skillet melt butter over medium heat.
  4. Add beef, onions, red peppers, garlic and seasoning.
  5. Cook until meat is no longer pink, then drain meat.
  6. Return to heating element then add pasta sauce and macaroni.  Simmer on low for about 20 minutes.
  7. Place a portion in a stoneware dish then cover in shredded cheese. Place in the oven for 15 minutes or until cheese is golden brown.

Aiglefin au Gratin

Haddock au Gratin

A lot of people I know avoid eating fish. They either do not like the texture or the taste; at least until they try this recipe.

This recipe combines Haddock with an easy to make cheese sauce and Panko breadcrumbs. For this recipe, haddock can be substituted with Cod, Tilapia or any other fish that strikes your fancy!

Ingredients

  • 1¼ pound (575 g) of fillets of haddock
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) and 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of butter
  • ⅓ cup (80 ml) or 1½ ounces (45 g) of fine chopped onions
  • 2 cloves (5-10 g) of pressed garlic
  • ⅛ teaspoon (0.625 ml) of cumin
  • 5 cups (1,200 ml) or about 12 ounces (340 g) of old cheddar cheese (divided)
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) of flour
  • 1 cup (235 ml) of milk
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) of Italian seasoning
  • ¼ teaspoon (1.25 ml) of pepper
  • ½ cup (120 ml) of Panko breadcrumbs

Preparation

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Thaw and pat dry fish fillets.
  3. In a greased 12×9 inch casserole dish, line bottom with fillets.
  4. In a small pan melt 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of butter over medium heat.
  5. Add onions, garlic and cumin. Sauté until onions are transparent.
  6. Spread sautéed onions and garlic over fillets.
  7. Shred cheddar cheese and set aside.
  8. Use a 1.5 quart (1.4 l) saucepan on medium heat; melt butter then add flour. Cook for 1-2 minutes.
  9. While stirring, add milk gradually and make sure there are no lumps.
  10. Gradually add three cups (700 ml) of cheese to the saucepan. Continue stirring to integrate the cheese.
  11. Add Italian seasoning and pepper to sauce. Stir then remove from heat.
  12. Cover fish fillets with cheese sauce, sprinkle with remaining shredded cheese and breadcrumbs.
  13. Place in oven and cook for 20-25 minutes or until the cheese has browned. Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes before serving.

Cheese and Crab Quiche

Quiche has its origins in French cuisine and has many variants. This one fuses crab, spinach, eggs whites and cheddar cheese to create a tasty meal!

This recipe can be made from either fresh or canned ingredients. I keep the ingredients on hand in case I need to make a meal on short notice.

Ingredients

  • 6 ounces (170 g) of flaked crab meat
  • 5 ounces (140 g) of chopped spinach
  • 2 ounces (55 g) of finely chopped onions
  • 3 ounces (85 g) of shredded cheddar cheese
  • 8 large egg whites
  • 12 fluid ounces (350 ml) of evaporated milk
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) of herbes de Provence or Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5. ml) of salt
  • 1 x 9 inch (22 cm) deep-dish pie crust

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven at 300°F (150°C).
  2. Line bottom of pie crust with crabmeat.
  3. Reserve 1 ounce (30 g) of cheese for later.  Mix spinach, onions, and cheese then line over crabmeat.
  4. Blend egg whites, milk and seasoning. Pour over the pie, allow to settle.
  5. Bake for 45 minutes.
  6. Sprinkle with remaining cheese and let stand for 5-10 minutes before serving.

Macaroni and Mushroom Casserole

featured_macaroni_au_fromage_webWhen I ventured out into the real-world, home cooked meals meant I cooked myself. So this became one of my go-to meals, since it is simple, straightforward and typically offered enough leftovers to keep me going for three to four days.

This recipe combines pasta, cheese, mushrooms and a soup base to create a tasty dish which is ready-to-serve within an hour.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (470 ml) of elbow macaroni
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of butter
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of garlic butter
  • 10 fluid ounces (295 ml) of canned mushrooms
  • ¼ teaspoon (1.25 ml) of ground cumin
  • ⅛ teaspoon (0.625 ml) of ground pepper
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) of finely chopped onions
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) of chopped pimentos
  • ⅓ cup (80 ml) of mayonnaise
  • 10 fluid ounces (295 ml) of condensed mushroom soup
  • 1 cup (235 ml) and ¼ cup (60 ml) of grated velveeta cheese

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Cook macaroni according to packaging instructions, rinse then drain.
  3. Over medium heat melt butter and garlic in a pan then add mushrooms, cumin and pepper. Sauté until the mushrooms are golden brown.
  4. Add onions and pimentos, sauté for 1-2 minutes until the onions are transparent.
  5. Drain pan of excess butter, then place in a large bowl.  Add mayonnaise, ¼ cup (60 ml) of cheese, milk and condensed soup.  Mix until you have a consistent finish.
  6. Add macaroni, mix then pour into a 1.5 litre stoneware baker.  Cover with remaining cheese then place in the oven for 30 minutes.
  7. Makes approximately four portions.