Pumpkin Macaroni and Cheese

I love this recipe because my little sister gets to eat vegetables with her favorite , macaroni and cheese . She wouldn’t believe me when I said it had pumpkin in it!

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(serves 6)
300 g. macaroni pasta
100 grams sliced pumpkin
300 g. cheddar cheese
3 tbsp. butter
1 cup milk
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
1/4 cup chopped parsley
2 cups water, to boil pumpkin
1/2 cup crunchy bacon bits


  1. Cook pasta according to package instructions.
  2. Drain.
  3. Boil the pumpkin until tender.
  4.  Drain pumpkin and let cool.
  5. Mash pumpkin, cheese and cheese using fork or food processor. Set aside.
  6. On a pan on low heat, combine the butter , milk,  the mashed pumpkin  and  cheese  mixture, and the parmesan cheese. Let boil for one minute.
  7. Add the cooked pasta and mix well.
  8. Transfer to plate and add crunchy bacon bits.
  9. Sprinkle parsley on top and serve.

Cooking Tips:

  1. You may use any combination of cheeses– cheddar, ricotta, mozzarella, parmesan.
  2. You can use other toppings- ham, bacon, crunchy garlic, pork cracklings, etc.
  3. This recipe serves 6.

Chicharon and Green Mango Pasta

Chicharon is a Filipino word for “pork crackling”.  For this dish, it is best to use pork crackling with meat rather than just skin. Green Indian mangoes are preferred for this recipe because it has a subtle sour taste. You may add a small portion of shrimp paste with this pasta dish to give it a more exotic taste. This recipe serves 6.

Ingredients (serves 6)

300 g. fusilli pasta
200 g. pork cracklings (with meat)
1 indian mango , cut into thin strips
1/2 tsp. garlic
6 medium sized tomatoes
1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated
a dash of salt
1 tsp. black pepper


1. Cook pasta according to package instructions.
2. Brown the garlic slightly on an oiled pan.
3. Add tomatoes and cook for 2 – 3 minutes or until soft.
4. Mix in the cooked pasta, basil leaves, dash of salt and black pepper.
5. Mix.
6. Transfer to a  plate and top with mango, pork cracklings and parmesan cheese
Most important of all Enjoy!

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