This is a delicious recipe passed down by my mother. Everyone in the family loves it! Three different cheeses are melted together with macaroni and stewed tomatoes, then baked for a new twist!

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
40 mins
total:
55 mins
Servings:
16
Yield:
16 servings
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Ingredients

16
Original recipe yields 16 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). Lightly grease a medium baking dish.

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  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Place macaroni in the pot, cook for 8 to 10 minutes, until al dente, and drain.

  • In the baking dish, mix the cooked macaroni, Colby-Jack cheese, Cheddar cheese, white Cheddar cheese, and tomatoes with juice. Sprinkle bread crumbs evenly over top.

  • Bake 30 minutes in the preheated oven, until bubbly and lightly brown.

Nutrition Facts

432 calories; protein 19.8g; carbohydrates 52.5g; fat 15.7g; cholesterol 43.3mg; sodium 443.5mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
07/31/2007
I really liked it! A good simple meal for a quick weeknight dinner. I too cut back on the amount of macaroni but used 1.5 cans of stewed diced tomatoes some butter and two crushed garlic cloves in addition to the cheese. Oh and I used sharp cheddar monterey jack and mozzarella (all I had on hand) as well as a spoonful of sour cream and it came out just fine. I imagine some cooked ground beef turkey or shredded chicken would also go well with this dish. Lots of options for a meal like this one and served with a nice side salad and some bread it makes an easy and quick dinner for a hungry family. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
03/21/2006
It's okay. The added tomato flavor was nice but the cheese tended to melt and clump together into balls rather than spread like a sauce through the macaroni. Read More
(14)
52 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 27
  • 4 star values: 15
  • 3 star values: 6
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
07/30/2007
I really liked it! A good simple meal for a quick weeknight dinner. I too cut back on the amount of macaroni but used 1.5 cans of stewed diced tomatoes some butter and two crushed garlic cloves in addition to the cheese. Oh and I used sharp cheddar monterey jack and mozzarella (all I had on hand) as well as a spoonful of sour cream and it came out just fine. I imagine some cooked ground beef turkey or shredded chicken would also go well with this dish. Lots of options for a meal like this one and served with a nice side salad and some bread it makes an easy and quick dinner for a hungry family. Read More
(69)
Rating: 5 stars
03/16/2009
This has been a family recipe for over 50 years - my mom and grandmother ran a restaurant and this was on our menu every Friday! A few changes we make - we use canned whole tomatoes and squish them up with our fingers - they just always seem juicier and some folks don't like stewed tomatoes or always have them on hand. We also add a lot of ground black pepper (I prefer fresh cracked but you can use ready-ground too). Just as a note - this is NOT a creamy mac and cheese recipe - not meant to be! The cheese will be rather clumpy and not spread throughout but it is marvelous that way! One hint - if you do have leftovers, saute them in a little butter/margarine the next day - even better!!!! Read More
(54)
Rating: 5 stars
12/05/2006
I used only 1 lb. of medium shells but 2 cans of tomatoes and more cheese than called for, cutting the cubes into smaller pieces - used colby/jack, cheddar, and a few cut up slices of muenster. I also mixed in about a tablespoon of butter into the hot, drained shells and mixed in the cheese, tomatoes, S&P,and some garlic in the hot pot to melt it down a little before putting into baking dish. Came out GREAT and the leftovers reheated better than expected, too! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/27/2007
We really liked this recipe with a few changes. I used less macaroni and rotel tomatoes instead of stewed. Also added a little butter garlic salt and seasoned salt. I used shredded mexican blend cheese too. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/28/2007
A new favorite in the family. My husband and I have it almost monthly.:) We tried it also with fresh tomatoes instead of canned. Delicious and a little bit healthier.:) Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
03/21/2006
It's okay. The added tomato flavor was nice but the cheese tended to melt and clump together into balls rather than spread like a sauce through the macaroni. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/28/2008
This is wonderful. To make it a 5 star I added some garlic and onion powder. This could give Pizza Hut pasta a run for their money! Great mix of cheeses the tomatoes pop with flavor outta the oven and the combination of powders really top it off. Thanks for the recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/17/2009
Fried 1 pound of hamberger meat and used rotel (mild)...Used sherdded cheese. Topped with crisp bacon. Luv this! Read More
(10)
Rating: 3 stars
01/28/2006
This recipe is o.k. Perhaps I used too much macaroni as I found it to be too dry for my tastes. The kids' reaction was lukewarm as was my husband's. Read More
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