Barilla® Tomato Basil Mac & Cheese


A simple weeknight dinner that puts a twist on a family favorite dish.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
8 servings


  • 1 (16 ounce) box Barilla® Elbows

  • 1 cup reduced sodium chicken or vegetable broth

  • 1 cup peeled and shredded sweet potato

  • 1 cup Barilla® Tomato & Basil Sauce

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 1 ½ cups shredded fontina cheese

  • ¼ cup low-fat milk, plus more as needed

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil


  1. Bring 4 to 6 quarts of water to a rolling boil, add salt to taste and the Elbows; stir gently.

  2. Cook pasta according to package directions; remove from heat and drain well.

  3. Meanwhile, in a small pot bring the broth to a boil and add the sweet potato; cook 3 to 4 minutes or until soft, then remove from heat.

  4. In a blender combine the sweet potato, broth, Tomato & Basil Sauce and salt; cover and blend until smooth.

  5. In a very large skillet bring the blended sauce mixture to a low simmer. Remove from heat; slowly stir in cheese until melted (mixture may appear curdled). Stir pasta into the sauce in skillet. Let stand 5 minutes. Stir in enough milk to make a creamy consistency.

  6. Serve topped with fresh basil.

Customize It:

Rather than shredding your cheese, grab your family's favorite pre-shredded cheese blend.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

337 Calories
9g Fat
50g Carbs
15g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 337
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 30mg 10%
Sodium 400mg 17%
Total Carbohydrate 50g 18%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 15g
Vitamin C 1mg 3%
Calcium 151mg 12%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 85mg 2%

* 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.