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Macaroni with Cheese & Lemon Zest


  • 200 gms of Macaroni
  • 1 small red onion
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 4 tbsp of coconut milk
  • 1/2 tbsp of white pepper powder
  • ½ tbsp of black pepper powder
  • 5 tbsp of butter
  • 5 tbsp of shredded gouda cheese
  • 1 lime
  • Salt to taste & water as required
  • 3 tbsp of olive oil (extra virgin)


  • Take a medium pan, put 2 ½ cups of water, add 1 tbsp of salt, 1 tbsp of olive oil (extra virgin) and allow it to boil. Now add 200 gms of macaroni into the boiling water and take it out after 2 minutes.
  • Put the boiled macaroni on a sieve and wash it once with cold water (room temperature). Immediately add 2 tbsp of olive oil and mix it properly, it will help the macaroni not to stick together.
  • To prepare the white sauce, heat a saucepan, put 2 tbsp of butter, 1 tbsp of olive oil, and melt it in low flame. Add finely chopped onion with garlic and stir it until colour changes. Add 4 tbsp of coconut milk, stir gently, and allow it to simmer for 5 minutes in low flame.
  • Add 3 tbsp of shredded gouda cheese with ½ tbsp each of white and black pepper powder. Keep stirring in low flame until the sauce thickens.
  • Take another frying pan and add 3 tbsp of butter. Allow it to melt in low flame and add the macaroni. Stir to mix the butter with macaroni.
  • Now add the buttered macaroni into the sauce, stir in medium-low flame so that the sauce and macaroni can meld together without sticking.
  • Pour the macaroni into the serving bowl and garnish it by shredding little lime zest, 1 tbsp of olive oil and 2 tbsp of shredded gouda cheese. 

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