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Homemade mac and cheese with tomatoes is a family favorite. This recipe comes from my mother-in-law; she used to make it for my husband, so its one of his comfort foods. As much as a guy can really have a comfort food. That’s usually reserved for us gals, because men would never admit that they tuck themselves under a blanket with a romance novel and eat a bowl of mac n’ cheese to cheer themselves up.

Homemade Mac and Cheese With Tomatoes
Homemade Mac and Cheese With Tomatoes

Tomatoes in Mac and Cheese

My Grandma and my Aunt used to put stewed, canned tomatoes in their mac and cheese and let me tell you, that is the BEST thing you will ever eat if you are a tomato lover.  Homemade mac n’ cheese with tomato juice is as close as I can get to what I used to eat with them, but man, it makes me wish that I could get my hands on my Grandma’s canned tomatoes again.

I don’t even have her recipe, which makes me sad, but let’s face it, I rarely have time to can. I just want someone to can them FOR me!

Homemade Mac and Cheese With Tomatoes

Mac n’ cheese with tomatoes is a seriously old, retro way to eat your mac n’ cheese.  It’s very old-fashioned – and maybe was born from the endless supply of stewed canned tomatoes that were in so many pantries on the farm so many years ago. While it doesn’t actually make the mac and cheese any lighter, at least you have some veggies in there!

Does anyone else love mac n’ cheese with tomato juice? Or stewed tomatoes?

Happy cooking all!

Love,

Karlynn

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Homemade Mac and Cheese With Tomato Juice

5 from 4 votes
Prep Time
25 minutes
Cook Time
35 minutes
Total Time
1 hour
Course
dinner recipes
Cuisine
pasta
Servings
4
Calories
668
Author
Karlynn Johnston

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of uncooked macaroni pasta
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1 cup of tomato or vegetable juice
  • 3 tbs of butter
  • 3 tbs of flour
  • 2 cups of grated cheddar cheese
  • 1-2 cups of grated mozza or cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup stewed tomatoes

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees F.

  2. Cook your pasta according to the instructions on the box. Drain and place in a greased medium sized casserole dish.
  3. Time to make your cheese sauce, which is the base of any white sauce out there, your basic roux. Start with your butter in a pot, and heat it until it's melted, then stir in the flour.
  4. Add in a very, VERY small amount of milk. Just enough to mix it in. Keep adding a small bit of milk at a time, constantly stirring, until you have added it all and the mixture is smooth.
  5. Add in your  cup of juice and stir well. Add in the shredded cheese, stirring to melt it in completely.
  6. Once the cheese has melted and the sauce has thickened, pour over the noodles in the casserole. Stir, then add in the stewed tomatoes.

  7. Top with the extra cheese.
  8. Bake covered in the oven for 20-25 minutes, then uncover and let the cheese melt and brown for another 10-15 minutes. Serve and enjoy!

Nutrition Information

Calories: 668kcal, Carbohydrates: 50g, Protein: 31g, Fat: 38g, Saturated Fat: 23g, Cholesterol: 114mg, Sodium: 637mg, Potassium: 427mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 7g, Vitamin A: 30.1%, Vitamin C: 13.5%, Calcium: 70.4%, Iron: 9.9%

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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Karlynn Johnston

I’m a busy mom of two, wife & cookbook author who loves creating fast, fresh meals for my little family on the Canadian Prairies. Karlynn Facts: I'm allergic to broccoli. I've never met a cocktail that I didn't like. I would rather burn down my house than clean it. Most of all, I love helping YOU get dinner ready because there's nothing more important than connecting with our loved ones around the dinner table!

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  1. Monique says

    OMG amazing delicious mac N cheese! The best ever!

  2. Shanonandmike says

    Just made this tonight, but I converted to lactose free. I used Lactaid milk, vegan margarine and a very hard cheddar. It was loved by 6, and was demanded as a repeat by the children. As a matter of fact, there was grief about there not being enough leftover for school lunch tomorrow! Thanks, Magpie!

    • thekitchenmagpie says

      Shanonandmike I am SO glad you liked it! 

  3. Karlynn Johnston says

    It freaks me out when people I know in real life make my recipes. You could totally find me and tell me it sucks, to my face! LOL! Glad it turned out and 3 outta 4 ain’t bad!

  4. Melanie says

    Just made this. 3 of 4 kids LOVE this. One had a fever last night and is crying. We’re gonna count that as faulty data and say this was 100% successful! YUM. (I used VGO)

  5. Karlee says

    Mmm….now I have to make some Mac N Cheese! I have a few good recipes, one with bread crumbs on top with cheese…MMMmmmmm…..best comfort food and my most favorite food on earth! 🙂

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