This is a family recipe that I have found most people who try it, love it. You can substitute Ritz® crackers for a sweeter taste. Also, it is very good as leftovers. Add a splash of milk and microwave.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
40 mins
total:
55 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

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  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook elbow macaroni in the boiling water, stirring occasionally until cooked through but firm to the bite, 8 minutes. Drain.

  • Spread half the macaroni into a 9x13-inch casserole dish; top with half the tomatoes and half the Cheddar cheese. Repeat layering with remaining macaroni, tomatoes, and Cheddar cheese. Pour milk over entire casserole; sprinkle with crushed crackers.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until cheese is melted and crackers are golden, about 30 minutes.

Cook's Note:

This dish can also be cooked in the microwave for 45 minutes at full power, or until cheese is melted.

Nutrition Facts

544 calories; protein 24.9g 50% DV; carbohydrates 60.6g 20% DV; fat 22.2g 34% DV; cholesterol 60mg 20% DV; sodium 677.8mg 27% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (7)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
12/09/2012
My kids loved this. I used shells instead of elbow mac and leftover ham instead of the tomatoes. Also used ritz crackers and that did give it a nice sweet taste. I think it could have used more milk to make it a bit creamier as ours was pretty dry. But still good! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
12/17/2014
Bland and dry. I had to add a can of cream of mushroom soup to salvage it. Read More
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  • 5 star values: 2
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
12/09/2012
My kids loved this. I used shells instead of elbow mac and leftover ham instead of the tomatoes. Also used ritz crackers and that did give it a nice sweet taste. I think it could have used more milk to make it a bit creamier as ours was pretty dry. But still good! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/17/2013
This was pretty good. It's NOT at all like traditional mac and cheese so don't go into making it expecting anything like that. For us it was a nice change of pace as a side dish. I made very minor changes - halved the recipe shells not elbows and diced tomatoes instead of whole. Otherwise I made it as written. It could use some salt and pepper maybe but then again the simple flavors of the tomatoes and cheese were kind of nice not overpowered by a lot of other seasonings. I can see making this again. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/23/2014
It's great Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/24/2013
Just made this. Not going to lie I forgot the milk. But I did add pizza shredded cheese mild salsa the liquid cheese in the pack and sandwich pepperoni. And it wasnt half bad. Definately have some twerking to do to get just right.. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/24/2020
Added JDean sausage, dry mustard to 1/4-1/3 C. milk, lg.T. salsa down middle of dish, lots of ched. & MJack cheese, lightly buttered stuff. over top. Micro about 3-4 min. Read More
Rating: 2 stars
12/17/2014
Bland and dry. I had to add a can of cream of mushroom soup to salvage it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/23/2019
My family and I really loved this recipe. I LOVE mac and cheese so I'm always looking for different kinds to try and this one was delicious and different. I will be making this again Read More