Macaroni and Tomatoes Recipe -
Macaroni and Tomatoes Recipe
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Macaroni and Tomatoes

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"This is a delicious side dish to add to about anything."

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    5 mins
  • COOK

    15 mins

    40 mins


  1. Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Once the water is boiling, stir in the macaroni, and return to a boil. Cook the pasta uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the pasta has cooked through, but is still firm to the bite, about 8 minutes. Drain well in a colander set in the sink.
  2. Pour the macaroni into a saucepan and place over medium heat; stir in the butter, bacon grease, tomato sauce, stewed tomatoes with juice, and sugar; season with salt and pepper. Stir while cooking until butter and bacon grease has melted and incorporated completely, 5 to 10 minutes; remove from heat, cover, and allow to sit about 20 minutes before serving.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Oct 30, 2008

I started out making this when I was really super broke and the only meat I could afford was bacon. It always increases easily with what you have on hand and however many people you have to feed. I make this now for my boys and add in bacon, add a little bit of spice and toss with parmesan cheese. Never fails to get smiles!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Oct 21, 2014

This was pretty good. I think the tomato sauce was unnecessary.

Dec 03, 2008

I made this at my hubby's request. I have not eaten this dish before so I went on his description of how his dad used to make it as to how this was supposed to be. This turned out wonderfully and my husband was well pleased. He said it was exactly like his dad's were except he wanted it soupier, so the next time I will add some tomato juice instead of sauce or maybe in addition to. I didn't have bacon grease, I just doubled the butter. Thanks for sharing this, it brought my hubby some warm fuzzies as he has some great memories of his dad. Plain and simple, this is good comfort food!

Dec 30, 2010

Very good recipe! I did a whole tsp of sugar but oh well...

Jul 27, 2010

I was surprised to see this recipe. My mother use to make this when I was little. It has always been a comfort food to me!! She just used the macaroni and a can of tomatoes.....salt and pepper and you are good to go! Its even great adult kids make it and take camping as a cold side dish. Now the grand kids even like it. 4 generations!!!!!!

Aug 07, 2009

this recipe is my hubbys favorite...I did use 2 cans of rotel tomatoes instead of stewed tomatoes to add that extra kick!!

Jan 22, 2009

I'm so glad i discovered this! As a poor college kid, I'm always excited to find cheap, yummy recipes, and this is definitely one of those!! So easy. I used extra butter instead of bacon grease, and added some garlic salt and Parmesan cheese. Will definitely make this over and over again!

Jan 19, 2012

THANK YOU for sharing this! I was scrolling through looking for a new macaroni dish when I saw it. This is one of those all time favorites that I grew up with, and now my kids make it for their families. My version is only slightly different. I use the bacon grease & butter to sweat half a diced onion before adding everything together, and I always use petite diced tomatoes instead of stewed. (as a kid I hated all the little bits of celery & stuff in the stewed ones). If using diced instead of stewed...use a pinch more sugar. Thanks again for sharing this!


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  • Calories
  • 191 kcal
  • 10%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 34.4 g
  • 11%
  • Cholesterol
  • 6 mg
  • 2%
  • Fat
  • 3.5 g
  • 5%
  • Fiber
  • 2.4 g
  • 10%
  • Protein
  • 6 g
  • 12%
  • Sodium
  • 362 mg
  • 14%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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