Meatless Italian Macaroni Bake

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 20 mins

Dont be deceived, this recipe looks singularly ordinary so one may be tempted to alter it...but then it'll have all the subtlety of mac 'n' cheese w/ tomato...Please try it as written, discover the subtlety and simplicity of it all...As for me, this 'casserole' quickly became a favorite meal, particularly since I usually have all the ingredients already on hand...I imagine it could also be adapted to the microwave, but I'll leave that to the alleged experts LOL

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 2 cups elbow macaroni, cooked & drained (Ronzoni Whole Wheat pasta)
  • 16 ounces stewed tomatoes (no salt added if available)
  • 34 cup part-skim mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 12 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise (NOT Miracle Whip)
  • 1 teaspoon italian seasoning (or Mrs Dash Italian Medley)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a large mixing bowl combine the cooked marcaroni, stewed tomatoes, 1/2 cup of the mozzarella, italian seasoning and mayonnaise --.
  3. Spoon the mixture into a 1 1/2 quart casserole dish; Sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese --.
  4. Bake in the preheated 350°F oven for approximately 20 min (your time may vary) until warm and all cheese is melted --.
  5. Note:Do NOT substitute anything else for the mayonnaise, i.e. NO salad dressing, NO Miracle Whip, as the recipe is specifically tailored to the result that is created by the use of mayonnaise --.
  6. Variation: Use a different pasta such as rotini or penne rigati.


Most Helpful

Wow, these 5 ingredients really come together well to make a great kid- and adult-pleasing casserole. I never made "mac and cheese" without butter and milk. I followed the recipe just as written. As per you acceptable substitution list, I used sharp white cheddar in place of the mozzarella cheese. It's great with the Italian seasoning, but I think you could go with some Mexican seasonings, too. It's a great side dish or main dish. Quick enough to whip up for lunch. Thanx for sharing this recipe. I'll be making this again!

*Parsley* February 22, 2006

Suprisingly wonderful flavor for such a simple meal. I did not have italian seasoning so I used my Penzey's Pizza Seasoning. Awesome! Next time, I'll take a little more care in chopping up the tomatoes, I double the recipe to feed a family of 7.5. A great Lenten meal.

enigma535 February 23, 2013

This recipe has a wonderful, mild flavor. Both of my kids loved it! My DH wanted me to put ground beef in it, but I wanted to make it exactly as written. It is such a great side to so many dishes and is a wonderful main dish as well. I also want to try it with salsa, colby jack cheese, and taco seasoning for a Mexican version. Thanks for posting a winner in our house!

ColCadsMom February 27, 2012

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