Baked Macaroni with Salmon and Clam Chowder

Baked Macaroni with Salmon and Clam Chowder 1

I finally uncovered the secret to a sizzling brown baked dish – it’s Mozzarella cheese! I’ve always been using rice and cheddar cheese slices to make baked dishes at home, but have never achieved the bubbling effect of baked dishes that I see served in restaurants. Mozzarella cheese is a real wonder! What took me so long to realise that?

The name of this dish is so clumsy. But how else should I call it? Baked seafood macaroni without prawns and sotong? 😯


  • Macaroni: 100g
  • Water: 2 cups (enough to cover macaroni)
  • Campbell Clam Chowder: 150g (half a tin)
  • Salmon: 1 fillet, deboned, rubbed with salt
  • Pesto sauce: 1 tbsp
  • Basil: leaves from 1 stalk, chopped finely
  • Green peppercorn: 1 tsp, grinded
  • Nutmeg powder: 1/2 tsp
  • Salt: to taste
  • Ground blackpepper: to taste
  • Shredded mozzarella cheese: 100g (about 5 tbsp)
  • Chesdale cheddar cheese: 1 slice


  1. Preheat oven at 190 degrees.
  2. Cook macaroni in boiling water. Add a pinch of salt and 1 tsp olive oil to prevent sticking.
  3. Strain water from macaroni. Set aside 1/2 cup of strained water for next step.
  4. Add clam chowder to water and stir mixture into water till even.
  5. Pour mixture back into macaroni, and mix. Set aside.
  6. Mash salmon with finger tips and place along the sides of a plate to ensure even cooking.
  7. Cook salmon under high heat in microwave 1 min. Add cooked salmon into macaroni.
  8. Add pesto sauce, basil leaves, green peppercorn, nutmeg powder, salt and blackpepper.
  9. Add 3 tbsp mozzarella cheese into the mixture and stir everything together thoroughly.
  10. Scoop mixture into a baking dish. Use back of spoon to level the mixture.
  11. Place cheddar cheese slice on top of mixture. Top it off with remaining mozzarella cheese.
  12. Bake dish for 20min.
  13. Serve hot.

Baked Macaroni with Salmon and Clam Chowder 2


  • Wear disposable gloves while deboning the salmon. The first time I deboned a salmon, I had to spend the rest of the day bearing with the pungent smell and regretting that I ever did it.
  • Replace salmon with any of your beloved seafood, though this should be soft in texture to absorb the taste of the chowder and cheeses (e.g. crab meat and tuna).

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