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Egyptian Baked Pasta aka Macarona Bèchamel

A favorite Egyptian baked pasta recipe, that is layered with spiced beef, cooked penne pasta,  topped with a creamy bèchamel sauce!

We grew up eating Macarona Bechamel (مكرونة بشاميل), it’s comforting, creamy, hearty, and great for a crowd.


Egyptian Macarona Bechamel

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  • 12 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 6 cups whole milk + 1/4 cup warmed until hot
  • 2 tsp kosher salt more or less to taste
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 lb cooked ground beef seasoned with salt, pepper, fresh garlic, cardamom, and a dash of cinnamon
  • 3/4 lb cooked penne pasta cooked al dente


  • To make the béchamel sauce:
  • Melt the butter in a medium saucepan. Whisk in the flour and then gradually whisk in the 6 cups of the hot milk. Cook, whisking constantly, until the sauce is smooth and thickened. Stir in the seasonings. Remove from heat and let sit for 10 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In a large bowl add the cooked penne pasta. Add 3 cups of the béchamel and 1/4 cup milk. Stir until the sauce coats all the pasta. Add half the penne to a buttered baking dish. Add the cooked ground beef. Top with the remaining béchamel. Bake in a 13 x 9 baking pan for 30-40 minutes or until the top is golden brown (you want to keep an eye on it the last 10 minutes so the top doesn't burn). Let cool slightly.


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Meet the Food Dolls, Alia and Radwa!

We are Alia and Radwa, two Minnesota moms who absolutely love to cook and experiment in our kitchens. Even though we grew up loving our mom’s Egyptian cooking and learning to bake, we didn’t start cooking until later on in our lives. It is our hope that Food Dolls will be your go-to hub for delicious, easy recipes that empower you to feel comfortable and confident in the kitchen regardless of how much experience you have. You and your family deserve to have decadent, scrumptious meals that don’t break the bank or fill your kitchen sink to the brim!