Oven-Baked Mac & Cheese

This recipe is pacifying to Pitta and Vata but is Kapha aggravating.
Servings 4


  • 9x13-inch baking pan


  • 2 c. macaroni or noodles of your choice uncooked
  • 3 Tbsp. ghee or butter
  • salt and pepper
  • 2-3 cloves garlic chopped fine
  • 1 inch piece of fresh ginger grated
  • 2 c. cheese grated (I like monterey jack, mozzarella, colby, and cheddar)
  • 1 qt. whole cow's milk
  • 1 tsp. turmeric powder


  • Preheat the oven to 350°.
  • Place the noodles in the bottom of a baking pan. 
  • Dab small pieces of the ghee/butter randomly around the noodles. 
  • Sprinkle in some salt and black pepper.
  • Spread the grated fresh ginger and chopped garlic evenly around. 
  • Distribute the grated cheese on top of everything, ensuring even coverage and that the noodles are covered.
  • Pour the milk over everything, again ensuring that the noodles are completely submerged.
  • Sprinkle the turmeric powder on.
  • Bake at 350° for 45+ minutes. The top should be a nice golden brown, and all of the liquid content should be cooked off. 
  • Remove from the oven and serve.


The garlic, ginger, turmeric, and black pepper serve to make this recipe less Kapha-aggravating than it would otherwise be. For those who think they don’t like garlic and/or ginger, you’ll be surprised that they affect the flavor of this dish very little; the cheese overpowers them.