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Homemade Mac and Cheese With Tomato Juice

This homemade mac and cheese with tomato juice is a family favorite of my husbands. It 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 Tomato Juice. This old fashioned favourite is THE best mac n' cheese ever! Recipe from @kitchenmagpie. #recipe #pasta #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 Tomato Juice. This old fashioned favourite is THE best mac n' cheese ever! Recipe from @kitchenmagpie. #recipe #pasta #cheese

Mac n’ cheese with tomato juice 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!



Homemade Mac and Cheese With Tomato Juice. This old fashioned favourite is THE best mac n' cheese ever! Recipe from @kitchenmagpie. #recipe #pasta #cheese



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Homemade Mac and Cheese With Tomato Juice
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
1 hr
Course: dinner recipes
Cuisine: pasta
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 668 kcal
Author: Karlynn Johnston
  • 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. 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.
  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 Facts
Homemade Mac and Cheese With Tomato Juice
Amount Per Serving
Calories 668 Calories from Fat 342
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 38g 58%
Saturated Fat 23g 115%
Cholesterol 114mg 38%
Sodium 637mg 27%
Potassium 427mg 12%
Total Carbohydrates 50g 17%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 7g
Protein 31g 62%
Vitamin A 30.1%
Vitamin C 13.5%
Calcium 70.4%
Iron 9.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.



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    June 24, 2014 at 1:34 am

    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!

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      June 24, 2014 at 2:32 am

      Shanonandmike I am SO glad you liked it! 

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    Karlynn Johnston
    July 27, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    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!

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    July 26, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    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)

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    September 20, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    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… comfort food and my most favorite food on earth! 🙂

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