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Baked Macaroni Tomato and Cheese

This simple and delicious homemade mac and cheese works as a main or side dish and is a hit with the whole family. | Share

Updated 3/23/2024

This dish is easy and cheesy!  Thanks to the tomatoes, it has amped up goodness and  makes a great main course for vegetarians.  You could serve some Italian sausage or meatballs on the side for the meat lovers in the gang.

Recipe variations

No macaroni? No problem. Just substitute any variety of short pastas. Choose a pasta with a sprial shape or one that is hollow. The ideal pasta will plump up as it absorbs the tomato juice and gets sticky with the cheese . Good options include fussilli, rottini or penne. You could also substitute other cheeses such as Colby, Gruyere, Jarlsberg or Monterey Jack. Another option is a cheddar, mozzerella, parmasan blend. I also like to add some fresh chopped garden tomatoes when in season.

macaroni and cheese

Baked Macaroni Tomato and Cheese

Marcel Lalonde
Macaroni baked with tomatoes and cheese
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6 people
Calories 240 kcal


  • 2 cups uncooked macaroni
  • 28 ounces canned diced tomatoes
  • 24 ounces tomato juice or vegetable cocktail
  • 2 cups grated old cheddar cheese
  • Salt and fresh ground pepper to taste


  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • Cook macaroni according to instructions on product bag (normally about 8 minutes).
  • Mix all ingredients together in a 3-quart shallow oven proof baking dish
  • Bake uncovered for 60 minutes
  • Let stand about 5 minutes before serving


Garnish with fresh parsley.
Per serving
Calories: 300kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Iron: 2mg
Keyword cheese, macaroni, tomato

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