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Mac and Cheese Updated

Updated on June 10, 2016

For the Adult Connoisseur

This tomato macaroni and cheese recipes is one of our favorites. It is super easy to make, reheats and freezes well, and can do double duty either as a side dish or main meal.

Everything can be made ahead the night before and popped in the oven for an hour before supper.

This tasty recipe is definitely not the mac and cheese you grew up with!

The Ingredients

1/2 cup chopped onions

1 small jalapeño finely chopped (optional)

3/4 red pepper, chopped

1 1/2 cup uncooked elbow or small shell macaroni

1 cup cubed cheddar cheese

14 oz can of diced tomatoes

1 cup water

3/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper

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When I'm in a rush or out of fresh, I'll substitute with about 1/4 cup of dried onions. This is one of my favorite kitchen staples to have around. It's great for almost any recipe that requires onions. All the flavor without the tears.


The Directions

Mix everything together in a big bowl. Spray a deep casserole dish with cooking spray.

Pour mixture into dish and let sit for 1 hour or better overnight in fridge. When you let it sit the macaroni in essence cooks partially by soaking up the fluid. Bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees F.

Divide into 4 portions (or smaller portions if being used for a side dish) and serve with a side of salad and vegetable.

For leftovers, store in individual serving containers in the fridge or freezer. When reheating in microwave add a tsp of water, heat, stir and serve.

What Do You Serve with Your Mac & Cheese?

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Very excellent recipes.

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      OrganicMom247 6 years ago

      Love Mac and Cheese, so easy so good.

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      miaponzo 7 years ago

      Mac and Cheese is one of my fave dishes!!!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I'm always looking for variations on traditional recipes and adding peppers and tomatoes sounds extra tasty. can't wait to try it out.

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      WindyWintersHubs 8 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      I have to try this recipe as my mac & cheese is boring, lol. I haven't tried tomatoes before and I bet it's quite tasty!

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      clouda9 lm 9 years ago

      Hmm! Very interesting recipe, especially cuz I love spice in my food. Gotta add this to my best baked macaroni and cheese lens. ;)

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      poutine 9 years ago

      Love macaroni and cheese, in fact it is my favorite and most comforting food.

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      Moe Wood 9 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      [in reply to spirituality] I love capers! There's a greek chicken recipe we eat often with capers and feta that is awesome. I had never heard of them before this recipe.

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      religions7 9 years ago

      I love capers in my food :)

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      Zen Automat 9 years ago

      I love that you did this lens about one of the greatest foods ever... 5*

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      RolandTumble 9 years ago

      Actually, I don't make Mac & Cheese 'cause it's one of the few things my partner will cook. She combines cooked mac, white sauce & multiple cheese (I cna't remember if she uses onions...). Turns out great, so I won't risk offending her by trying yours. Sounds good, though.

      Rated 5*s, favorited & lensrolled to my pasta-related lens (Over Noodles).