Baked Maccaroni – Imqarrun


  • 500g Rigatoni/Tortiglioni/Penne
  • 700ml Tomato Paste
  • 500g Lean Minced Beef
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 100g Edam or Cheddar cheese, grated
  • Vegetable Oil
  • 1 level tsp mixed herbs [optional]
  • Salt & Pepper to taste


Heat the oil and fry the onion until soft and transparent.

Add the minced meat and cook until brown. Remove any excess fat from the pan.

Add the passata and herbs, if used. Simmer for about an hour on medium heat, stirring the sauce occasionally. [If you are in a hurry cook for 30 minutes on high heat, but the slower the cooking the better the sauce]

In the meantime cook the pasta in boiling water. [Tip: if the pasta packet says 12 minutes, cook it for 10 minutes instead to avoid having a soggy pasta dish]

Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 5 [200°C].

When pasta is done, drain the water and leave the pasta in the pan [make sure you use a big enough pan].

Add the sauce to the pasta and crack the 3 eggs in the pasta/sauce mixture. Mix in the eggs very gently to avoid damaged the pasta shapes.

Put in a baking dish about 30cm & 15cm and sprinkle the cheese on top.

Bake in the oven for about 30-45 minutes or until the cheese is melted, bubbly and golden.

When cooked, leave to set for about 10 minutes and then cut a nice piece and ENJOY!!!!!!

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3 Responses to Baked Maccaroni – Imqarrun

  1. Stella Voolstra says:

    I make a differnet sauce. Brown chopped onions, garlic & Bacon, then add the mince and brown. Make a sauce of Tomato Paste diluted in hot water, add Worchesterhire sauce & Maggi Seasoning and Italian Herbs, to your taste liking. Add to the meat sauce and let simmer till meat is cooked. Then before turning off I add a Tin of Corned Beef. Cook pasta, drain and add beaten eggs, mix through and then blend in the meat sauce. We don’t bake ours we like it like this with grated parmesan cheese on top. My Australian friends just love it and ask to cook my Wog food. You can bake it if you like. Hope you enjoy this version, like to hear your comments.

  2. Yolanda Maria Kalvani says:

    Thank you for the lst recipe. this is what my mother used to make and for which I asked for in today’s Facebook Home page. I loved it. My mother was a fantastic cook . Am grateful to you for this.

  3. Richard Caruana says:

    Add 150grm rikotta to the sauce to make it richer and moist.

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