Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 15 mins

My Grandmother used to can the tomatoes that my grandfather grew. This was my lunch time favorite when I would spend the summers with her in Alabama. I am sure you could use fresh tomatoes, but remember to keep the juice.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Begin boiling the macaroni noodles.
  2. In another saucepan, add onion and butter or margarine. Cook on medium high heat until the onions are soft.
  3. Add the tomatoes (do not drain), garlic, salt, pepper, parsley, and basil to the onions. Reduce heat to medium.
  4. Cook the macaroni noodles until they are 2 or 3 minutes away from being done. Drain the water from the noodles.
  5. Add the noodles to the sauce and continue cooking on medium heat until the noodles are done.
  6. Enjoy.
Most Helpful

Sometimes it's the simplest of ingredients that produce wonderful results. I had this recipe saved for when DH was out of town (dislikes tomatoes) and tonight being alone and with an Autumn chill in the air, comfort food seemed the ideal choice for dinner. I loved the flavor, I agree the pinch of Basil is a good addition. I did sprinkle a little grated cheese on top. Thanks so much for sharing.

Southern Lady October 20, 2013

This brought back fond memories. My grandmother used to make this to go along with meatballs, just like I made tonight. The basil was a nice touch.

Chef Gary in Mesquite, TX February 09, 2008

Macaroni and tomatoes is one of my all-time favorite comfort foods! It's so simple yet so good. I don't even add garlic or herbs to mine--just tomatoes, butter, onion, and noodles. BTW, an absolutely excellent dinner is blackeyed peas, greens, macaroni and tomatoes, and cornbread. Pure heaven, I tell you!

JeriBinNC June 15, 2007