Creamy Tomato Macaroni & Cheese

This Creamy Tomato Macaroni & Cheese can be on your table in under 1 hour!

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I just don’t know where the time is going!  How is it already almost the end of October?  And where did this snow come from?  Wasn’t I just enjoying summer sun and heat on the deck?  Now it’s dark at dinner time and I feel like we’re almost in the dead of winter on some days!

But I do have to say, the one thing I like about the fact that winter is on it’s way, is that it does feel cozy in here.  And it makes me want to cook comfort food…so I guess that’s something isn’t it?!  I actually enjoy cooking this time of year the most…there is just something so comforting about the food that comes with fall and winter.

Hearty, yummy comfort food.  But it’s got to be quick too!  Most days I need to be able to get dinner on the table in one hour or less.  So I’m always looking for new recipes to be able to achieve this.  And I also need recipes that use ingredients that I have on hand most of the time.  There’s a time for fancy stuff with fancy ingredients, but there’s nothing like having a recipe that’s simple and uses ingredients I have in the house.

Creamy Tomato Macaroni & Cheese

So here is another delicious dish that you can have on your table in under 1 hour!  It’s so good for those nights when you just don’t know what to make for dinner.  And the addition of tomato sneaks in some extra nutrition too!



Creamy Tomato Macaroni & Cheese


  • 1 lb (450 elbow macaroni
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 1/2 cups cheese (mild medium or sharp Cheddar Cheese or Monterey Jack)
  • 2 tbsp parmesan cheese
  • salt & pepper to taste


  1. Cook the pasta according to package directions. Then drain and set aside.
  2. In a pan, melt the butter and cook the onion and garlic until lightly browned.
  3. Add the flour to the onion mix and stir, mixing thoroughly.
  4. Whisk in the milk, and stir until the mixture is thickened.
  5. Add the tomato paste and oregano. Stir.
  6. Gradually stir in the grated and parmesan cheeses.
  7. Add the pasta and stir.
  8. Serve right away and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

I put my finished macaroni in an oven proof dish, covered it, and kept it in a 300 degree oven until dinner time. (Maximum time was 15 minutes.)

Recipe adapted from All You Need is Cheese

Let’s look again… mmmmmmmmm

Creamy Tomato Macaroni & Cheese

This dish is great served as a side dish too.  Just serve it alongside some chicken and green vegetables!  Yum!

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Have a delicious day!

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  • Reply katie October 22, 2012 at 9:31 AM This mac & cheese looks fab! I love the idea of making it a tomato version!
    • Reply Jo-Anna October 22, 2012 at 10:54 AM Thank you Katie! I love the tomato addition too! Just a little more yummy! Jo-Anna
  • Reply Ali October 22, 2012 at 11:26 AM Oh yum! I loooove mac n cheese and the addition of the tomato is pure genius.
  • Reply Amber October 22, 2012 at 1:26 PM GENIUS, I say GENIUS - can't wait to try this - looks creamy and delish!
  • Reply Pretend Chef October 22, 2012 at 5:51 PM Yummy!
  • Reply HungryLittleGirl October 24, 2012 at 9:35 PM They look amazing! I would love to have you link them (or any other recipe of yours) up to Wednesday Extravaganza – my Foodie Link Party :) Here is the link: Can't wait to see you there!
  • Reply Gina October 25, 2012 at 5:37 PM Oh good heavens- that looks DIVINE!
  • Reply Sue D. October 26, 2012 at 7:30 AM The tomato addition really makes it special. Yum!
  • Reply katies language cafe October 26, 2012 at 7:40 PM That looks so good! I'm always on the look out for great side dish recipes! would you come link this up at our friday recipe linky party? be so honored if you did! ~~katie
  • Reply Megan October 29, 2012 at 8:39 PM Oh man...this looks to DIE for. Seriously yummy! I may just have to whip this up soon! I would LOVE for you to link this up at my Ginger Jamboree Link Party!!
  • Reply Helen B. @ Blue Eyed Beauty Blog November 6, 2012 at 11:18 PM This looks like my kind of food!! Helen Blue Eyed Beauty Blog
  • Reply Sara March 25, 2013 at 4:20 PM I found this on Pinterest and made it tonight, it was AMAZING!! I used a mix of Monterey Jack, Sharp Cheddar and parmesan cheeses and it was so good. It is very filling for a main dish, next time I may make it a side for grilled chicken. It would be good with Sweet Italian Sausage too!
  • Reply Danita Ubaldo May 14, 2013 at 3:02 PM Awesome post.
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  • Reply Kathleen September 5, 2013 at 10:18 AM My Mom use to make Mac & Cheese and add a can of tomato soup, it gave it a little zip and she always used extra sharp cheddar cheese and topped it with bread crumbs. It was yummy.(I still do it )
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  • Reply Alexis B. February 5, 2014 at 8:23 AM Made it & it was good! Next time tho, I will double the sauce to make it creamier! Thanks for this wonderful recipe!
  • Reply monazza April 27, 2014 at 10:20 AM hey i tried this with just a touch of spices. im 13 and i made this today for my family. they loved it!
  • Reply witoldyna September 6, 2014 at 6:38 PM Thank you for the recipe. I did it today and it's really good (I hate traditional mac&cheese), but next time I'll add can of chopped tomatoes (I really want tomatoes to be dominant taste here :)). I already shared link to your page on facebook :)
    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife September 7, 2014 at 11:30 AM You are so welcome - I'm very happy you enjoyed it! And I agree - this recipe is even better with more tomatoes! Thank you too for sharing it!
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