"extraordinary" Macaroni and Cheese

"Easy and versitile mac and cheese recipe. I adapted this from a recipe I found on the back of a box of elbows. I especially like that you don't cook the pasta in advance."
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Ready In:
4 cups




  • Melt butter in 4-qt saucepan over med heat. Add onions and saute until transparent. Stir in flour and salt. Cook 1 minute stirring constantly.
  • Add milk, stir to blend. Add tomatoes, juice and all. Bring to a low, steady simmer. Add uncooked pasta. Cover and continue to simmer gently for about 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. (Mixture will thicken as it is cooking.).
  • Remove from heat. Add cheese. Stir gently until cheese is melted. Let sit 5 minutes fefore serving.
  • Note: For a cheesier version put in a casserole dish and top with an additional 1/2 cup of cheddar cheese and broil until cheese is melted and just starting to brown.
  • For an Italian twist try substituting the Cheddar cheese with 1 Cup fontina cheese and 1/2 Cup of freshly grated parmesan cheese.

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  1. This was a good dish. Next time I'd be sure I had Season Salt to use as I think it could use the extra kick. I also might add some dry mustard like my usual mac and cheese recipe. However, some of this flavor I missed could have been fixed by using tomatoes with more spice as mine were plain diced with no added salt. I put the extra cheese on top and broiled. It was overall a good, easy dish with ingredients I had on hand. Thanks for sharing!
  2. This is very tasty, but took longer to get my pasta done than if I had boiled it first. Everything else was great and next time I will pre-cook the pasta and than mix everything else in. I also did the extra cheese under the broiler. I love tomatoes in my mac n' cheese. I will try it also with the Italian option given. Made for Spring 2010 PAC.
  3. I doubled this recipe & made it to take to a couple of neighbors for whom I sometimes cook ~ They got about 2/3 of it & I kept the rest for the 2 of us! I don't usually include tomatoes in my mac & cheese, but it held its own in this recipe! I did include the optional cheese on top ~ The cheesier, the better, in my book! [Made & reviewed in New Kids on the Block tag]


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