Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese with Tomatoes: A Family-Friendly Recipe

A dish of stovetop macaroni and cheese with tomatoes.

Macaroni oozing with plenty of melted Cheddar cheese is an easy and favorite comfort meal. This recipe adds diced tomatoes and olive oil to the mix, which lends a delicious and healthier element to this stovetop macaroni and cheese.

Why This Recipe for Simple Mac and Cheese with Tomatoes is Different

For starters, this tasty dish replaces butter or margarine with heart-healthy olive oil for better fats, being rich in monsaturated fat that is good for lowering cholesterol and less of saturated fats that can increase it for making the creamy white sauce with cheese.

If you’re watching your sodium level, then you also have the option of eliminating the salt in this recipe.

Secondly, this is fast and a timesaving dinner that you can put together in a short amount of time. You make this recipe on the stovetop and not the oven.

Thirdly, you don’t have many ingredients or fancy ones to buy. In fact, you probably have most of them in your pantry and refrigerator now.

What Else You Can Do for Flavoring This Cheesy Macaroni and Cheese with Tomatoes Recipe

You can experiment with a teaspoon or two of prepared mustard or Dijon mustard for another flavorful twist. The prepared mustard gives it a sweeter taste than the Dijon mustard in my opinion.

Another suggestion is adding a teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce to the mix.

If you like more cheese, you always can increase the amount. On the same note, this also goes for the size of the can of diced tomatoes that you use by substituting a bigger 28-ounce can.

You can also substitute a different cheese such as Swiss or use a combination of the Cheddar and another favorite cheese.

The next time that you’re hungry for old-fashioned macaroni and cheese, I hope that you’ll be tempted to try my grandma’s version with diced tomatoes. Please also share the recipe with your family and friends and do come back to my blog for more.

Delicious Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese with Tomatoes

8-ounces of dry elbow macaroni
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup flour
½ teaspoons of salt
1/4 teaspoon of black pepper
1 cup of milk
1 (14.5-ounce) can of diced tomatoes
8 ounces shredded Cheddar cheese
dash of paprika

  1. Cook the macaroni.
  2. Mix together with a whisk the milk, flour, olive oil, pepper, tomatoes, and salt until smooth before pouring into a heavy saucepan.
  3. Cook the milk mixture until thickened.
  4. Sprinkle in the cheese and continue cooking until melted.
  5. Drain macaroni and stir into the cheese sauce.
  6. Sprinkle with a dash of paprika.

ENJOY!

Delicious Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese with Tomatoes
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 
This easy recipe adds diced tomatoes and olive oil to the mix, which lends a delicious and healthier element to this stovetop macaroni and cheese.
Course: Dinner, Entree, Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy homemade macaroni and cheese, easy mac and cheese, healthy mac and cheese recipe, mac and cheese with tomatoes, stovetop macaroni and cheese with tomatoes
Servings: 6
Author: Mary Balandiat
Ingredients
  • 8- ounces of dry elbow macaroni
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • ½ teaspoons of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1 14.5-ounce can of diced tomatoes
  • 8 ounces shredded Cheddar cheese
  • dash of paprika
Instructions
  1. Cook the macaroni.
  2. Mix together with a whisk the milk, flour, olive oil, pepper, tomatoes, and salt until smooth before pouring into a heavy saucepan.
  3. Cook the milk mixture until thickened.
  4. Sprinkle in the cheese and continue cooking until melted.
  5. Drain macaroni and stir into the cheese sauce.
  6. Sprinkle with a dash of paprika.
  7. ENJOY!

If you want to try another delicious cheese and mac dish, you should check out my recipe for cottage cheese and noodles. You can use any form of pasta to make this. Imagine a cheese sauce with lots of fried onion, butter or olive oil and cottage cheese to dress the pasta. It is a favorite here.

Visit Beauty Cooks Kisses Blog for more home-tested recipes from my kitchen as well as other helpful posts to better your life!

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