Tikka Masala Mac & Cheese

Mac and Cheese

Mac n' Cheese: The Droosh Way

Droosh's Mac and Cheese is a fusion dish that combines the creamy and cheesy goodness of classic mac and cheese with the classic Indian flavors so many love. This recipe is a great way to add some excitement to your mac and cheese, and is sure to be a hit with both kids and adults. 
 SERVINGS: 6 | PREP TIME: 15 min | COOK TIME: 30 min


  • 1/2 tsp minced ginger
  • 1/2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 serrano chilis, seeded and chopped
  • One 28-ounce can whole peeled tomatoes or tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream or 1/2 can of coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded gouda cheese 
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese 
  • 1-2 tbsp ghee or oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup chopped cilantro leaves
  • 2 boxes of elbow macaroni or shell pasta (about 12 oz)
  • Salt & pepper
  • 4 tbsp Tikka Masala Spice


  • Heat oil/ghee in a large, deep nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onions, tomato paste, and serranos; season with 1 tsp salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are golden and beginning to caramelize, about 5 minutes.
  • Add ginger and garlic and cook, stirring until fragrant and the ginger starts to turn golden, about 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Add water and Tikka Masala Spice and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Then add the tomatoes, breaking them up into pieces with a spoon, and bring to a boil.
  • Once boiled, reduce the heat and simmer uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the sauce has reduced by half and the tomatoes are very tender, about 10 minutes.
  • Add the sauce to a blender and blend until smooth, then pour back into the pan.
  • Pour the heavy cream, cheddar, and gouda cheese into the sauce mixture in the pan. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the cheeses melt, about 3 minutes. Season the sauce with salt, to taste. Decrease the heat to low to keep the sauce warm.
  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the macaroni and cook according to the package directions. Drain the pasta and return it to the pot.
  • Mix in the tikka masala sauce until well combined.
  • Either serve right away or transfer to a baking dish, top with more cheese, and broil for 3-5 minutes until golden brown.
  • Top with chopped cilantro leaves (optional) and enjoy!
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    Very very delicious and I never would have thought of this until I came across this recipe from Droosh!


    So so good! I love making a big batch of the tikka masala sauce recipe from Droosh and freezing it then using it as the sauce for my pastas!!


    I seriously love this recipe! It’s the perfect twist in a classic Mac with much more flavor.


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