Pilchard Macaroni Bake Recipe

Celebrate the amataliano in you with this Afrotalian dish  – and only five ingredients!

Serves: 6-8
Time: 45 minutes
Recipe by: Thando Manyoni


  • 500g Fatti’s and Moni’s Bellissimo Ridged Macaroni
  • 400g Koo Pilchards in Tomato Sauce
  • 400g Fresh Creamy Tomato Sauce
  • 400g Fresh Cheese Sauce, warmed
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese

How To Make Pilchard Macaroni Bake

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C
  2. Bring a pot of water to the boil and cook the pasta till almost cooked, as per packaging instructions.
  3. Set aside
  4. Pour the can of pilchards into a bowl and flake lightly with a fork, removing any bones.
  5. In a saucepan, add the creamy tomato sauce and bring to a gentle simmer.
    Add the pilchards and simmer for 2 minutes.
  6. Season to taste.
  7. To a large oven proof dish, start layering your macaroni, by adding a ladle of white sauce to the base of your dish, followed by a layer of Fatti’s and Moni’s macaroni pasta, top the layer of macaroni with a ladle of you pilchards’ sauce.
  8. Repeat the layers until you’ve finished the ingredients. Top the dish with cheese and bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes.
  9. Remove from the oven and serve.

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