Tomato Mac and Cheese

Total Time:
1 hr 10 min
Prep:
15 min
Cook:
55 min

Yield:
6 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 4 tablespoons butter, plus more for baking dish
  • 2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 2 tablespoons minced onion
  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt, plus more for seasoning
  • 3/4 tablespoon dry mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 cups milk
  • 3 cups shredded Cheddar, divided
  • 2 ripe tomatoes, blanched, peeled, and cut into 1/2-inch thick slices
  • Freshly ground black pepper
Directions

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly butter a 13 by 9 by 2-inch baking dish.

Bring 6 cups of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the macaroni and cook until al dente. Drain and set aside.

Melt the butter in a large saucepan, over medium heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring constantly, until tender. Add the flour, salt, dry mustard, and paprika; mix well. Stir in the milk and cook until thickened, about 5 minutes. Add 2 cups of the shredded cheese and stir until melted. Toss in the macaroni and pour into the prepared dish. Cover the macaroni with tomato slices and season salt and pepper, to taste. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes. The last few minutes, top with the remaining cheese and return to the oven until the cheese melts. Serve hot.


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We loved this dish! I will keep going back to this recipe! My son is 18 years old and he is very active. He piled it on his plate and never said a word until he was finished. He absolutely loved your tomato, mac and cheese! Thank you Paula item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this just like the recipe and it is so good, definitely a keeper recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My family loves mac 'n cheese, so we've tried all the recipes, but this is the one we keep coming back to. A few tips: wet ingredients are measured by weight, but dry ingredients are measured by volume. So one cup of DRY macaroni is about 4 ounces. In other words, the "2 cups" called for in the recipe would be 8 ounces -- or a half pound box. That's why folks who are throwing in a whole pound -- a 16 oz. box -- might be getting a dry casserole. Also, blanching the tomatoes enhances their flavor. You can skip this step, and your dish still turns out perfectly fine -- but it definitely improves the flavor if you blanch the tomatoes first. PS - I think I already submitted this review under another name, but when I went back to edit it, I couldn't remember my user name & password. I sure hope my cooking is better than my memory! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I prepared this for a Southern Cookin' themed book club. I left out the dry mustard and used 2/3 (2 cups cheddar and 1/3 (1 cup gruyere cheese. It was a big hit! item not reviewed by moderator and published
To make recipe more for dinner, add cut up chicken about 1 cup shredded, shread turkey, salmon, tuna or ground meat sauted to remove grease, put on top of mac, add cheese then tomatoes with more cheese on top of the mac. if desired. Bake as indicated as the ground meat is already cooked. Enjoy item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this with sharp cheddar and blanched vine ripened red tomatoes. Wasn't a big fan of the overall taste. The tomatoes were slimey and I'm not a big fan of how cheddar melts. What I did like was the overall ease of preperation. Next time I will alter the recipe and use a combination of creamier cheeses (and yes, even velveeta shreds would have tasted and melted better and top with fresh parm covered fried green tomatoes. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very good. It's also good cold, cut into small squares as an appetizer. item not reviewed by moderator and published
So so good! I put some creole seasing on the top to give it an extra kick and it was amazing. I cooked this and my friend was freaking out the whole time he was eating it haha it kind of blew his mind. If you like collards this is great with them as well! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I wanted a really decadent mac and cheese for Valentine's Celebration, and this was it! Now, to be fair, I used different cheeses, I used an organic white cheddar "Rumlano", and Sun Dried Tomatoes and Basil Montchevre Goat Cheese. Then my husband and I got creative with herbs and spices. We added cumin, a bay leaf, and our favorite all-purpose seasoning, and 2 types of hot sauces, one green and one red. (these were added to the roux To make it really decadent, I added a can of wild-caught salmon. I was pleasantly surprised at how easy the tomatoes peeled after being blanched. That touch really put this recipe over the top. Oh, I used nonfat half-and-half instead of the milk, and Grey Poupon Dijon Mustard instead of the dry mustard. I will absolutely make this again, maybe with bacon as someone else suggested. Really really yummy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Abosolutely the best Mac&Cheese I ever made! It's great comfort food and easy to make. I love topping it with the tomato and I add bacon. YUM! Thanks Paula (I also recommend her Ron's Tybee Island sausage Pie, try it with sage sausage item not reviewed by moderator and published
The best Mac & Cheese dish I ever made for my family. My family really thought the sliced tomato slices on top covered with cheese was a great touch. Thank you Paula. You're the best!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was WONDERFUL. I recommend it for anyone!! The tomato adds an interesting flavor... item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have been looking for a new mac and cheese recipe. Whenever I baked it before I did the evap milk and egg deal. This was excellent! The sauteed onions are a great addition and I love the cheese sauce. We are big cheese eaters so I add a lil extra.,I also did not add dry mustard but will one day in the future! Thanks so much! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Just made this yesterday and it was a hit. Note that the casserole dish should be an 8x8x2 for this recipe. I doubled the recipe due to unexpected guests and used the 13x9x2 dish and it all disappeared. Thank you Miss Paula! item not reviewed by moderator and published
It was amazing! The tomato adds such a nice flavor to the dish! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Really yummy and comforting. My whole family loved it! I left the tomatoes fresh instead of boiling and peeling them and they tasted great. Just make sure you have plenty of cheese to sprinkle on top so it's extra delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is my go to recipe for mac & cheese for all family gatherings! Always get lots of compliments, never any leftovers to bring home. Thanks Paula! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Best I have ever had and I bet it would be great with green tomatoes. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love mac and cheese and, yes, butter -- but this version was WAY too greasy. In fact, I ended up throwing it away. Maybe if the butter was cut back some or if you use low-fat cheese....? (I even forgot to butter the pan!) item not reviewed by moderator and published
Tried this last night. Was a little worried about adding the tomato, but it was so good!!! Will definitely make this again!! Thanks Paula!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Don't bother! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have not tried this recipe yet, so I cannot review it. I will say that I have topped my Macaroni and Cheese with tomatoes for many years. I usually sprinkle the tomatoes with additional shredded cheese and add crushed French Fried Onions on top during the last ten minutes or so, to give it a nice crunch. Before I discovered the FF Onions, I used to use buttered bread crumbs. It surprises me that so many people tried this recipe for Tomato Mac and Cheese and opted to leave out the tomatoes. If you are not a fan of raw tomatoes, another suggestion would be to top it with salsa or even chopped stewed tomatoes. I have used both with good results. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Loved it, made it Saturday night. Used about a cup of onion instead since I love onions. Only baked for about 30 minuts to keep it creamy. Best mac and cheese I have ever made and the tomatoes were great! Will make again very soon! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Excellent recipe! I left the tomatoes out but followed the rest of the recipe as written. Everyone loved it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I'm very cautious about mac and cheese recipes because I'm usually disappointed. I wasn't disappointed this time. Very good. I added some onion powder and some heavy cream. Delish! item not reviewed by moderator and published
nothing spectacular. Tasted like any other homemade mac and cheese. wont be making this one again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Mmmmmm....Yummy!!! Great Mac-n-cheese recipe. I didn't add the tomatoes to the macaroni (kids) and didn't bake it (think it would've dried it out). Very creamy and I topped mine with cold freshly diced tomatoes and that was very good (tomato lover). Will make again in the future when we are wanting a hearty mac-n-cheese! item not reviewed by moderator and published
What a wonderful recipe! I'm usually not a fan of home mead mac and cheese because it's normally not creamy enough for me but this was by far the best home made mac and cheese I've ever tasted! Very tasty and very creamy. My husband and both of my daughters loved it as well. Thank you Paula! :) item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was THE BEST mac and cheese I have ever made. My boyfriend is very picky when it comes to macaroni for some reason, but he loved this! I opted out of using the tomatoes, but it was still very delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I've made several versions of mac n cheese for my family, and so far this is the fave. Took it into my daughter's first grade classroom for a potluck feast and it was gone in a flash. One parent commented that it reminded her of the way her grandma used to make it. I don't add the tomatoes (my kids don't care for it that way, and I don't have dry mustard in the house, so I use prepared mustard to taste (about 1T. Additionally, I add all of the cheese (3 cups to the white sauce. Makes it creamier. Yummy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
made this for the first time this weekend for office holiday party. It was completely gone in 10 minutes! big hit. I only wish it had been a little bit creamier...but the flavor was great! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My family loves mac 'n cheese, so we've tried a lot of recipes, but this is the one we keep coming back to. A few tips: wet ingredients are measured by weight, but dry ingredients are measured by volume. One cup of DRY macaroni is about 4 oz., so the "2 cups" called for in the recipe would be 8 oz. (or a half pound box. That's why folks who are throwing in a whole pound (16 oz. box might be getting a dry casserole. Blanching tomatoes enhances flavor. You can skip this step, and it still turns out fine, but it definitely improves the recipe if you blanch the tomatoes. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love this macaroni and cheese recipe. I've tried many recipes, and this by far is the easiest and the most tasty! This is now my households go-to recipe for macaroni and cheese and we love it. The tomato is an extra added bonus under the melted cheese layer! The only thing I change is add a whole onion small diced, just because we love onion in my house! I reccomend this dish to anyone who loves macaroni and cheese and wants to try something new. item not reviewed by moderator and published
For those of you looking for the ice coffee recipe it is on here Just type in Ice coffee Punch. EVERYTHING was delicious. My family tore into the whole meal item not reviewed by moderator and published
I make my mac & cheese with American Cheese, no onion, dry mustard or tomatoes. I make the sauce like Paula does and use egg noodles instead of elbows. Top with crushed corn flakes and dot with butter. My family is crazy about it-it's truly comforting. Bake at 375 for 25-30 minutes. Coffee Punch Just saw a re-run of the episode and the recipe is as follows: 3 C. brewed coffee 1/2 C. chocolate syrup 4 C. milk Pour above over vanilla ice cream in soda glass or glass mug. item not reviewed by moderator and published
If you can't find the show recipes here, they are usually on Paula's site: www.pauladeen.com. The Icy Coffee Punch is on there. Hope this helps. I haven't tried the mac and cheese yet, because I just got the recipe, but I'm sure it will be delicious. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Lifeless. White wine in the bechamel? Celery? A mixture of cheeses other than just cheddar? Something!!! Also, a full cup of cheese is a bit heavy over the top of the tomatoes at the end item not reviewed by moderator and published
I'm not sure if I have this right, it's all by memory. But I think it was 3 cups of coffee and 1/2 cup of chocolate syrup, mix up together, then pour over 3 scoops of ice cream. I hope this helps, and I hope it's right. As for the mac n cheese, delicious!! Definitely a hit at my house with 3 small bays. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Why is it that every so often there is something made on the show and the recipe does not show up on the internet? I would love to have the recipe for the ice coffee drink that Jamie made on the "All in the family show" I noticed that there were other people that also could not find the recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Show was aired March 1, 2010 @ 6pm eastern time. Would some one please provide me with the coffee drink name and recipe that was made at the end of the... program? Entire menue was shown,except the drink. Meatloaf was delicious. item not reviewed by moderator and published
March 1st at 6pm and March 8th at 12pm this show will be on again for the person interested in ICEY COFFEE RECEIPE. Just thought Id let you know since I was also interested in the receipe also. ENJOY!!!!!!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Just seen this on todays show and just had to make it. I was great and everyone loved it. People out there, you need to try it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I JUST CANNOT WAIT TO MAKE THIS RECIPE , THE ONLY THING I MIGHT ADD ARE SOME TYPE OF SWEET BREAD TOPPING TO ADD SOME CRUNCH THANK YOU FOR SHARING THIS RECIPE WITH AMERICA!!!!!!........... SINCERELY FREDERICK MILLER item not reviewed by moderator and published
I can not find this recipe and would love to have it. Can some one help me find it. Can't wait to make the mac & cheese recipe item not reviewed by moderator and published
Hey I made this and I think its GROOOSSSS item not reviewed by moderator and published
I've never made macaroni and cheese before. My wife usually makes it. This was somewhat different from hers. We like hers, but this is now a keeper for some sort of rotation. It was fairly easy. And delicious! I did make one mistake, and I did do one thing that might have been a mistake. I forgot to blanch and peel the tomatoes. I didn't even realzie it until I read the reviews! I just sliced them and put them on top. I loved them. They added a lot of taste to the finished dish. But I don't mind tomato skin, so maybe that's why I was ok with it, and I LOVE tomatoes. The other thing was that I didn't measure the uncooked macaroni - I just added a 1 pound box to the water, and followed the rest of the ingredients. Perhaps as a result, it seemed a tad dry, so I added some more milk to the pan before baking. Whatever, we loved it. The mustard gave it a little "kick" that took this over the top. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I'm sorry to admit that as a southern girl I have never made mac n' cheese from scratch. But when I saw Paula make this, I had to go for it. We are tomato lovers in my house, never without them. This comes out so creamy and good, a bonus that the edges get brown and crunchy! My husband had two large helpings, and wants it packed in his lunch tomorrow. That says it all to me. Thanks again, Paula! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Paula, This is marvelous! I had never made Mac and Cheese from scratch but saw this nice aged cheddar cheese the other day and bought it. The flavors blend to well and the tomatoes give it that "veggie" kick. I'm serving it with sauteed green beans for a perfect Friday meal. YUM! item not reviewed by moderator and published
The mac/cheese was ok but needed more kick maybe from a diff. type of cheese. I would leave off the tomatos. We didnt like them at all. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I had guests stop by close to dinner time and made this recipe with ingredients here at home (another reason to love this recipe) including fresh tomatoes out of my garden. I got all rave reviews. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This came out so well. My husband normally doesn't like tomatoes, but thought it went perfectly with the mac & cheese. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I tried this recipe and made it this morning. I really don't care for the tomatoes and salt and pepper and even the dried mustard. I prefer the Lady and Sons Mac and Cheese is better and creamer because of the sour cream used in the recipe. This recipe is too dry for me and dry mustard has no place in mac and cheese. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My family really enjoyed this recipe. The tomatoes gave it great flavor. I didn't even blanch or peel the tomatoes and it turned out great. I will definitely make this again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I blanched the tomatoes in the pot of boiling water to be used for cooking the pasta first. After about two minutes I scooped out the tomatoes into a small bowl of cold water, then poured the dried pasta into the boiling water to cook.After assembling everything into the pan, I drizzled the casserole with olive oil and Italian seasonings and the last 5 minutes of cooking sprinkled it with parmesan. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Loved this dish!! Will make it again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
You boil water and add the tomatoes whole, for about 30 to 60 seconds. Then you put them in cold water,I just run cold water over them, this is just so you can peel the tomato very easily and with out getting any pulp. But don't leave them in the boiling water too long or they will get mushy. I do this same thing when I do home canned tomatoes. As far as the dish goes, it was very good!! I have one who doesn't like tomatoes, so I only put them on have of the dish, but I just loved it with the tomatoes! My husband and adult son's liked it too! I have made home made mac n cheese before but I like this one much better!! It was easy to make also, Thanks Paula!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
can someone please tell me how to blanche the tomatoes? item not reviewed by moderator and published
So good. My husband even said it was as good as his grandma's. What a compliment! I am glad there is some left for dinner tonight!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Maybe it's just me, but when I saw the cheese mixture to pasta ratio on my stove top, I thought there MUST be some mistake. I have the episode on the DVR...I'll have to watch it again, because I thought that amount of cheese mixture should be combined with at least one more cup of pasta. Tastey recipe though, and I used smoked paprika which gave it an interesting twist! The wife ate a little too much of it and it sent her running for the Rolaids! haha Seriously, how can people eat like this on a regular basis and not eat Lipitor like candy??? Bottom line, next time I'm going with 3 cups uncooked pasta, and maybe a sprinkling of panko bread crumbs. Yummy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Let's just say another family favorite. I made everything from this show except the dessert for Sunday dinner today. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I just watched the show and its 3 cups of coffee, 1/2 cup chocolate syrup, 4 cups milk, vanilla ice cream (or ice cubes if you prefer). item not reviewed by moderator and published
Making all these recipes from this episode tonight. Could someone please post the iced coffee drink recipe from this episode? All I can remember is coffee and chocolate syrup. I really want to try it. My house smells so good from the mac and cheese and meatloaf. Can't wait to taste these! item not reviewed by moderator and published

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