Macaroni is a kind of dried pasta with a narrow tubular shape that originates from Italy. Curved macaroni is referred to as elbow macaroni. It is a versatile, cheap and can be prepared quickly, making it a popular choice for busy people everywhere. It is prepared by boiling until ‘al dente’, this means the pasta is still firm when cooked. When cooked it traditionally eaten with sauce but it can also be used in soups and pasta salad recipes.
Macaroni and cheese
Macaroni is most commonly used in mac and cheese, one of the worlds most popular comfort foods! It’s basically pasta with a cheese sauce, wonderfully warming and hearty, a perfect for cold weather treat. After the sauce is added the pasta can be baked to create a golden cheese crust, can you think of anything better?
Macaroni nutritional information
It has a small amount of protein, sugars and fat. A portion of 100g unenriched cooked pasta provides about 160 calories and a moderate level of manganese and a few other micronutrients.
Pasta is relatively low on the glycemic index in comparison to other carbohydrate-rich foods like bread, potatoes, and rice. It has a level of 55 or lower.
Macaroni also contains gluten. If you have a gluten sensitivity you can easily find a gluten-free alternative.