Macaroni pasta is for a whole lot more than mixing with cheese. Ready to skip the traditional macaroni and cheese and try something new? This homemade macaroni and tomatoes is a delicious alternative recipe to make with macaroni noodles!
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Macaroni pasta is for a whole lot more than mixing with cheese. Skip the traditional macaroni and cheese and try this delicious homemade macaroni and tomatoes! Click To Tweet
I actually can’t believe it’s taken me so many years to write this recipe. I literally grew up on this stuff and still enjoy it all the time. In fact, even my kiddos love this delicious side dish. My youngest asks for the leftovers for lunch… by themselves. That’s how good they are.
The only way this homemade macaroni and tomatoes tastes better is when my momma makes it because that means I don’t have to cook. Unfortunately, that’s not an option much since I now have a family of my own and live in another state than my mom. Instead I suck it up and make it myself to get my fix and pass down a delicious family favorite to my own kids.
If you’re looking for an awesome side dish to bring to your next pitch-in or simply ready to change of the dinner menu, this homemade macaroni and tomatoes is sure to be your next go-to recipe!
Macaroni and Tomatoes Ingredients
- 16 oz. Macaroni
- 1/2 Cup of Butter (1 stick)
- 3 Cups of Canned Whole Tomatoes
- 28 oz Can of Pureed Tomatoes
- Salt and Pepper to Taste
First, cook your macaroni noodles according to the package directions or you can be a rebel like me and just boil the noodles in some water until tender.
After your macaroni is cooked, strain the noodles and set aside.
- I like to run cold water over mine in the strainer. This stops the noodles from cooking further and also washes off the extra starch that makes them stick together.
Add 1/2 cup of butter to the pot that you used to cook your macaroni noodles and melt it over medium heat.
Once your butter is melted, add your cooked and strained macaroni noodles back to the pot.
Next, add in your cans of whole tomatoes and your pureed tomatoes.
- I used home canned whole tomatoes but the canned tomatoes from the store work as well.
Stir the mixture together in the pot then bring to a boil, stirring frequently.
Continue boiling for 5 minutes then stir in salt and pepper, reduce heat, and simmer (covered) for an addition 10 minutes. Be sure to stir the mixture occasionally while it simmers.
- I don’t use much salt and pepper. A few dashes of each into the pot.
Serve as a side dish with a family-favorite dinner!
I seriously love this homemade macaroni and tomatoes. It’s creamy and tart plus it brings back memories of my childhood dinners. Don’t forget to share the love with your friends and family! Take this easy side dish to your next BBQ, family reunion, or even a holiday dinner for a quick side that everyone will devour.
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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.