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Made this for last night's dinner, but hubby and I agreed this dish seemed to be missing something. Even though I added the cayenne pepper, I still added a few dashes of Tabasco Green Pepper Sauce to my serving on my plate, while my husband added regular Tabasco to his. We felt the Tabasco gave this dish a nice kick! I subbed 3 cups of Rotini pasta for the 2 cups of elbow macaroni, plus I subbed stewed tomatoes for the diced tomatoes, and I used 2% milk instead of the 1%. After I added the flour to the butter, I only needed to cook that for about 1 minute, then I gradually stiired in the milk and half-and-half, and cooked that for about 4 minutes to thicken up the sauce, to make it creamy, and for the lumps of flour to disapear. I then turned off the heat, and added the 3 cups of shredded cheese; stirring continuously til the cheese melted. In another saucepan, I heated the broth and stewed tomatoes along with the already cooked pasta for just a few minutes, then added that to the cheesy-creamy sauce in a 2-1/2 quart casserole baking dish, and baked the mac 'n' cheese for 22 minutes. This was a nice twist on mac 'n' cheese. Enjoyed the tomatoes in this dish, and enjoyed the aroma of the cheese after I took it out of the oven. It tasted ever so good when I reheated it in the microwave. Lori, I'm looking forward to making this again. Thanx for the recipe!!
This was a nice,creamy,better than plain mac-n-cheese dish!I loved that it was made by starting with a bechamel sauce- made it oh, so creamy.I will take another reviewers advice and use Rotel tomatoes as I was scared to use "too much" cayenne.made for Spring PAC,2011.
What a cozy meal! I've never had mac and cheese with tomatoes before and I definitely didn't hate it :) Make sure to use sharp cheddar cheese as the flavor would have been lacking without it. After all, this dish is all about the cheese! The cayenne adds a nice little kick at the end that you barely notice the spiciness of but makes a difference and adds complexity. Totally recommend! Made for Holiday Tag.
I left out the cayenne and used Rotel tomatoes instead. Great change from the old fashion mac n cheese!
This is a very tasty mac and cheese and very easy also, everyone here loved it. Will make again. Thanks for sharing your lovely recipe :)
Delicious!!! My mom made something very similar but didn't make the bechamel sauce, which makes it so rich and creamy. I made this exactly as written except I added salt, black pepper and just a few shakes of cayenne pepper. It makes alot of sauce so it is very creamy and delicious. DH and I enjoyed it with a salad for lunch today but we probably have enough in leftovers to make 4 or more servings. Thanks for sharing an added twist to our normal tomato mac and cheese!! Made for Holiday Tag.
Another great mac n' cheese from Lori! This reminds me of the way my grandma used to make it. I couldn't get my mom to make it with tomatoes because no one else liked it that way but me and grandpa, so grandma would make it when I stayed with them. I love it! This is a very rich and creamy dish, and the addition of the cayenne gives it a little snap! I only had 1 cup elbow mac on hand, so added 1 1/2 cup penne also. I will be making this often!