Smoky Mac 'n Cheese

"My mother used to make mac n' cheese with tomatoes, so when I tried this recipe which I adapted from a canned tomato ad we loved it, even though it was quite different from Mom's. It is very different from our usual mac 'n cheese (which I already posted)and very good! Note 1: When I made this recipe I wanted to use up some evaporated milk that I had in the refrigerator - which was 1/2 can - this can easily be changed to using all cream or all evaporated milk to equal 1 1/2 cups total cream/evaporated milk. Note 2: cheese--I had about 1/2 pound of smoked and about 1/2 pound of regular Cheddar--although you should use some smoked Cheddar, I think his recipe is very adaptable to use whatever cheese is on hand and my amounts of cheese may be a little off by more or less than the amount listed in the ingredients as I did not measure the cheese but used what I had on hand. Note 3: I didn't use the hot dogs or little smokies but thought they would be great in this casserole."
Smoky Mac 'n Cheese created by DianaEatingRichly
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  • Preheat oven to 375-degrees F.
  • Cook macaroni according to package directions, drain.
  • Spray a 13 x 9 baking pan with Pam (cooking spray) or grease pan and set aside.
  • In a large saucepan heat cream and evaporated milk (see note 1 in description), mustard, salt and pepper to boiling.
  • Reduce heat and stir in cheese (see note 2 in description)with a whisk or a wooden spoon until melted and smooth.
  • Stir in tomatoes, onions and hotdogs or little smokies(if using).
  • Put macaroni in baking pan and pour sauce over, mixing in the cheese sauce well so all the macaroni is well covered (this can be done in a separate saucepan or bowl but by mixing in the pan there is one less dish to wash).
  • In a small bowl mix together bread crumbs and Parmesan (or if you are making your own bread crumbs in a blender you can add the Parmesan and just whirl the bread crumbs and Parmesan in the blender -- one less dish to wash).
  • Sprinkle breadcrumb/Parmesan mixture over the macaroni/cheese in the baking dish.
  • Bake for 20-30 minutes or until bubbly and golden brown.
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  1. tmercks
    Going to try this. My mom was from a very poor family. She used to make elbow macaroni, and add a can of peeled, stewed tomatoes, chopped. If it needed any liquid, it was either milk or a touch of mayo. They could not buy cheese. Reading of your mom's mac n cheese w/ tomato reminded me of this as a hard times poor man's casserole in the past. We still make it only mac and tomatoes as a pleasant comfort food of our childhood days. Kudos.
  2. DianaEatingRichly
    I used spam instead of hot dogs. The whole family LOVED it!
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    Smoky Mac 'n Cheese Created by DianaEatingRichly
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    Smoky Mac 'n Cheese Created by DianaEatingRichly
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    Smoky Mac 'n Cheese Created by DianaEatingRichly

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