Thursday, 25 October 2018

Black Garlic Macaroni Cheese Bake

So apparently its World Pasta Day and it is truly by coincidence that today I blog this pasta dish. 

Black food or dark coloured food continues to dominate my blog in the run up to Halloween and today I have a whopper. I thought surely someone must have made a Black Garlic Macaroni Cheese recipeI googled and there was no recipe for black garlic pasta, yeah a little grated like parmesan - but not drowned in black garlic dyed cheese - no doubt, now there will be some more now. 
Here is my Black Garlic Pasta Macaroni Cheese before going into the oven for the final bake.  I promise you it gets much darker on baking; and you will have to take my work for it as I didn't take a picture of it, blame it on the dark evenings.

I adore my husband for allowing me to experiment in the kitchen and eating whatever I present to him.  We have rarely ever thrown a dish in the bin, not always delicious, but always edible.  This was a really rich and quite tasty actually.  The black garlic adds colour, but also balsamic zingy sweetness.  Please do serve it with some salad greens, but you'd do that right with a macaroni cheese to balance the cheese indulgence guilt, or it that just me?!
By the way, for those of you who follow me on twitter will have noticed that I have changed my photo avatar to keep it seasonal, right! But for those of you who do not follow me on twitter - here it is.  It was taken in the city of Cardiff last year, I had wondered whether I'd get to share it and I have.

I am sharing a Black Garlic Macaroni Cheese Bake #CookOnceEatTwice hosted by Searching For Spice.

Other  Black Garlic recipes
Wild Garlic, Black Garlic and White Garlic  Cake
Asparagus and Black Garlic Loaf

Black Garlic Cheese Bake
Serves 4 - 6
75g butter
1 medium onion - peeled and chopped

75g plain flour

800g milk
4 - 6 cloves of black garlic or more, depending on how flavourful and dark you want it. Crushed/mashed with a folk 
200g-225g (Mediterranean) cheddar cheese, grated plus extra for topping
Salt and ground pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried parsley

300g macaroni pasta
Melt butter in a saucepan, add the chopped onions and cook gently until soft.
Stir in the flour and cook for a minute, then gradually add the milk, whisking all the time.

Then whisk in the mashed black garlic and about three-quarters of the cheese and allow to melt into the sauce.  Cook until you have achieved the required thickness.
Stir in the herbs.  
Season to taste and combine well.
Cook the pasta according to packet instructions until al dente. 
Drain, then stir into cheese sauce and gently transfer into an ovenproof dish.
Sprinkle over the remaining cheese.
Bake in oven Gas mark 6 for 20 - 30 minutes until golden.  
This dish can be made in advance and reheated. 

For other variations of Macaroni Cheese, please see links below.


  1. I had not realized that Halloween was really celebrated in the UK but you are certainly appropriate for it with these last recipes. Thanks for your concern. The back saga continues but is improving for now. It is a chronic problem that will be with me for the rest of my life. I hope you and D are well.

    1. Lovely to hear from you e.
      Sicn eWalmart took over Asda in the UK, its got bigger and bigger in the UK, that all other supermarkets have tagged on. Its not as big as it is in US, but growing here each year with grown ups getting in on the act too. I am sorry to read that you back continues to cause your pain.

  2. I wish you had a photo of it out of the oven but sympathise about dark nights. Sounds like a fun dish - as we are going to the farmers market regularly now I hope to find black garlic there one day! And nice avatar

    1. Johann, I am so gutted too - PS no doubt someone else will make it and get a good photograph of it. I was going to get D to just take one to share, but he moaned that it would not do the dish justice. I will try and make it again and up-date this blog post with a photograph, but I am sure someone will beat me to it.

  3. Oh this looks and sounds so tasty. I showed it to my partner and I think he wants to eat such a dish tonight. Unfortunately I noticed that my black garlic has gone old, so I'll have to buy a new box. Thanks for sharing this cool and spooky recipe! Have a nice weekend! :)

    1. Thank you VegHog, It is super rich and very flavourful, shame your black garlic has gone old, hopefully you'll get some more and perhaps make it for your partner. Let me know if you do :)

    2. I made it yesterday and will be blogging about it soon, of course giving you the credit. It was a great dish, I loved how well the black garlic fitted the dish. I made mine non-bake and used the pasta cooking water as the roux liquid, as is my current mac'n'cheese style, and it was so tasty! Thank you so much for sharing this great idea, obviously my partner loved it too! Have a nice Sunday!

    3. Oh I am so pleased, its the reason I share recipes in the hope someone will make them, and people do - so nice to hear you enjoyed it (and your partner) and I look forward to seeing it on your blog. I was thinking of making it again...

    4. And the post is up: Thanks again for the recipe! :)

  4. I love the idea of a black garlic macaroni cheese. Anything garlicy makes me happy and this is perfect as a main dish around Halloween time. Thanks for sharing with #CookOnceEatTwice!

    1. Thank you Corina. I am hoping to make it again, it was that flavourful!


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