Stove Top Macaroni and Tomatoes

Total Time
Prep 1 min
Cook 10 mins

My parents made this often when I was a child and it is still one of my favourite meals as an adult. Quick, tasty and cheap! We usually have this as a main dish with a salad and rolls. Measurements are approximate as I don't follow a recipe and it can be adjusted for personal preference. Can use whole, crushed or diced tomatoes


  1. Cook macaroni according to direcions.
  2. Drain and return to pot.
  3. Add tomatoes including juices and heat on low/medium until hot.
  4. If using diced or whole tomatoes, crush.
  5. Be careful macaroni doesn't stick to bottom of pot - stir frequently!
  6. I have added butter and/or cheese whiz for additional flavour.
  7. Depending on amount of macaroni cooked, I have used 28 oz can of tomatoes.
  8. I have also used italian style tomatoes and chili tomatoes which give it a slightly different flavour, but plain tomatoes are best for our family preference. I have tried canned tomatoes with olive oil and spices (to be used for brushetta) and they are too oily and doesn't result have good results.
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I grew up eating this. Forget about chicken soup when I'm under the weather. Just give me some macaroni & tomatoes! I do make mine a little different, but basically, it's the same. After I cook the macaroni, I cut two strips of bacon into small pieces and add them to the pan I cooked the macaroni in. Cook the bacon until it's crisp & browned. Remove bacon from grease. Add about 1/4 cup finely diced onion to the bacon grease & saute until it's translucent. Add canned diced tomatoes and heat thoroughly. Add back the bacon bits and macaroni and season with salt & pepper. Yummy!

Julie in TX August 24, 2010

Grew up on this stuff and still love it!!! Southern comfort at its best!! I crave this and it is sooo simple to make.

2monkeymommy May 30, 2010

It's childhood comfort food. It's *supposed* to be bland!!!!

Hajar Elizabeth November 12, 2008