Cooking Bajan Style: Macaroni Pie

23rd July, 2012
Macaroni Pie Barbados

One of Barbados' signature side dishes that you will see just about anywhere is our special and of course delicious macaroni pie. Now you may be wondering- macaroni pie? Well it is basically macaroni and cheese but baked to perfection with a few secret ingredients that make it Bajan. Many buffets and road side vendors sell it along with their other side dishes and it pairs well with beef stew, fish, chicken and just about any meat dish. It is a go to dish for all Barbadians and is served with most local's "Sunday" lunches. Traditional Bajan macaroni pie is made with cheddar cheese and contains some unexpected ingredients such as ketchup and mustard for colour and flavour. Take a look below for a great macaroni pie recipe. Have you ever tried this scrumptious dish?

Macaroni Pie Recipe


  • 1/2 pound long tubed macaroni
  • 4 cups cheddar cheese
  • 1 1/2 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 1 tbsp. yellow mustard
  • 2 small onions
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 egg
  • Grated cheese for top


Bring water to boil and add macaroni.
Slice one onion and add to the salted boiling water.

Preheat oven to 350 F/ 180C. While macaroni is cooking, grate onion and cheese.
Drain macaroni and combine all ingredients with the macaronni, adding the cheese first to allow melting.
Transfer to a buttered/greased baking dish and top with grated cheese.
Bake pie for 30-40 minutes or until golden brown.

Tasty Tip
Instead of normal water, use the water the macaroni was cooked in.

Melanie & Kimberly*


trevor's picture

looks good; how many does this recipe serve?

melanie's picture

Hi Trevor! This recipe serves 3-4 persons!

Chuck Mecke's picture
Chuck Mecke

I just made this dish tonight. I served it with flying fish and cucumber/tomato salad. As a side instead of any other starch, there was enough for 8 or 9. I'd advise to add something to "spice it up"

Maine Girl's picture
Maine Girl

Vacationers for many years, and can barely "make it" from year to year without this wonderful dish!! Get it ANYWHERE on the island-always SO GOOD! Mouth-watering looking at that photo! Have to try recipe at home-but, suspect it will not bring the Bajan air and aromas with it…sadly.

Wanda's picture

I like Macaroni Pie, and the best I have had on the island was from the Fish Pot in Speightstown. Like Chuck says above, it needs something to spice it up, which is how the Fish Pot does it. I have seen a couple of recipes that add Bajan Spice as well as black pepper. I would also add some finely chopped jalapeno peppers. I add those to corn chowder and it works, so I thought it was worth a try.

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