Baked Tomato Mac n Cheese Casserole


Kids and adults will find this mac-n-cheese recipe to be delicious and a bit different. Tomatoes give the sauce a slight pinkish color and a flavor that is hard to top.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
35 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
55 mins
8 servings


  • 1 (16 ounce) package elbow macaroni

  • 1 (28 ounce) can petite diced tomatoes

  • 6 tablespoons butter

  • ¼ cup flour

  • 1 quart half-and-half

  • 2 cups chicken broth

  • 4 cups shredded mild Cheddar cheese

  • 2 cups shredded sharp white Cheddar cheese

  • fresh ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 sleeve buttery round crackers (such as Ritz®), crushed


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Butter a baking dish.

  2. 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, return macaroni to pot, and stir tomatoes into the macaroni. Cook over medium heat until the macaroni absorbs some of the liquid from the tomatoes, about 4 minutes. Remove from heat.

  3. Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir flour into melted butter and cook until bubbly, 1 to 2 minutes. Slowly stream half-and-half and chicken broth into the butter mixture while stirring. Bring the mixture to a boil and continue to cook while stirring continually until thickened and bubbly, 2 to 3 minutes.

  4. Remove saucepan from heat. Melt mild Cheddar cheese and sharp Cheddar cheese into the butter mixture one handful at a time, stirring to incorporate each addition before adding the next. Season the cheese mixture with pepper and pour over the macaroni; stir to coat pasta evenly. Transfer the mixture to the prepared baking dish and top with crushed crackers.

  5. Bake in preheated oven until crust is golden brown and the liquid is bubbling, 15 to 20 minutes. Cool 10 minutes before serving.

Cook's Note:

You can also try adding 1 1/2 pounds ground beef to the casserole. Brown ground beef and drain fat. Add ground beef to noodle and tomato mixture before stirring in cheese. Continue following recipe.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

889 Calories
55g Fat
63g Carbs
34g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 889
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 55g 71%
Saturated Fat 33g 165%
Cholesterol 156mg 52%
Sodium 922mg 40%
Total Carbohydrate 63g 23%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 34g
Vitamin C 8mg 42%
Calcium 795mg 61%
Iron 6mg 31%
Potassium 494mg 11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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