Indulge in a comforting bowl of Kenyan-style mac and cheese that combines the familiar creaminess of the classic dish with a delightful local twist. This recipe incorporates the rich flavors of spiced tomatoes and onions, creating a symphony of tastes that dance on your palate.


  • 2 cups macaroni, cooked al dente
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup grated local cheese (e.g., gouda, paneer)
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • Fresh parsley, chopped (for garnish)


  1. In a pan, sauté chopped onions until translucent. Add minced garlic and cook until fragrant.
  2. Stir in tomato sauce, cumin powder, paprika, salt, and black pepper. Let the mixture simmer for a few minutes.
  3. Gradually add the grated cheddar cheese, stirring until it melts into the tomato mixture.
  4. Add the cooked macaroni to the sauce and mix well, ensuring each macaroni is coated in the cheesy tomato goodness.
  5. Gently fold in the grated local cheese, allowing it to melt and meld with the other flavors.
  6. Serve the Kenyan-style mac and cheese hot, garnished with chopped parsley for a burst of freshness.