Tomato Mac and Cheese

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Tomato Mac and Cheese Tomato Mac and Cheese

Servings: 6 servings
Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 55 min
Difficulty: Easy

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4 tablespoons butter, plus more for baking dish
2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
2 tablespoons minced onion
4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt, plus more for seasoning
3/4 tablespoon dry mustard
1/4 teaspoon paprika
2 cups milk
3 cups shredded Cheddar, divided
2 ripe tomatoes, blanched, peeled, and cut into 1/2-inch thick slices
Freshly ground black pepper





Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly butter a 13 by 9 by 2-inch baking dish.

Bring 6 cups of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the macaroni and cook until al dente. Drain and set aside.

Melt the butter in a large saucepan, over medium heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring constantly, until tender. Add the flour, salt, dry mustard, and paprika; mix well. Stir in the milk and cook until thickened, about 5 minutes. Add 2 cups of the shredded cheese and stir until melted. Toss in the macaroni and pour into the prepared dish. Cover the macaroni with tomato slices and season salt and pepper, to taste. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes. The last few minutes, top with the remaining cheese and return to the oven until the cheese melts. Serve hot.

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Ms. Paula, I just found this site. Have so missed seeing your face on 'Food Network' I hope to see you cooking on tv again real soon. Our whole family has always enjoyed you shows. Stay strong, we love you

By Anonymous on September 09, 2013


Love this recipe! Have shared with many friends & family & everybody loves it. Of course, I do substitute part low fat cheese when I make it...have even done the whole recipe with low fat cheese for just my hubby & I.

By Diana Perry on July 02, 2013


i have a recipe i would love for you to try, it is along the line of this one. 1 lb. cooked elbow macaroni, 2 pkgs. kraft cracker barrel sharp cheese cut into small chunks, 1 can tomato soup, 1 large can of tomato sauce, 1 small onion (diced small), salt and pepper to taste, 3 slices of thick bacon. can use cut up tomatoes into it also. add all ingred. except bacon and mix well add into oven safe large bowl, top with bacon cook at 350 for an hour or till bacon is cooked and macaroni is bubbly may take a bit longer. it really is best if kraft cracker barrel cheese is used. love your show and your food i have tried is great, thank you.

By linda canavier on June 25, 2012


My nephew Joshua love you and your sons. He wants to be a cook like Bobby he says when grow up. He is 13 years old and he can cook pretty good.your restaurant in on my bucket list.I hope I get to come down there one day and eat there. We love you Paula,keep on being sweet and country. Love, Lavinia Elliott

By Lavinia Elliott on January 08, 2012


loved this episode but cannot find the fruity chicken wing recipe help!! am supposed to make them tonight for my 2 boys. please send recipe

By kim on January 06, 2012


On Dec. 30, 2011 you had on your show Liza Minelli & you prepared fruity chicken wings & tomato basil mac & cheese. Could you please send me the recipes since I cannot find them. Thanking you in advance.

By Denise Bawiec on December 31, 2011


My mom always watches your show. My mom loves the way you cook and the different varities of food you make. I am from New Orleans, Louisiana where the cooking is the best!! My first time watching your show was on today which is July 27, 2011. I was very impressed with the cooking of your Tomato Mac and Cheese and the Meatloaf. I am new to the kitchen but my fiance says I do pretty good. I try to different varities of food so my expenses of fast food would stop. I love your Paula Dean keep up the good and I love that your sons are very good in the kitchen also. Keep up the good work!!

By Shelita Lawson on July 27, 2011


Paula, I have to say that I love you and your food. I have tried many of your recipes and they are always a hit in my home.....maybe it also helps that I swear by your

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By Anonymous on February 18, 2011


Puala, My 12yr old daughter Elena watches your show everyday and got me hooked on it. I am a mother of five soon to be 7, yes I am going to have twins in May. I see all the passion you put into making your family meals and was just wondering what do you suggest I cook for such a large family, that says I love them and is very yummy? Not that all your food doesn't look delicous..I just want to make something that they can taste the love in the food. You're the best! Monica H

By Monica Hernandez on January 07, 2011


I have NEVER blanched anything! How long do I boil (?) the tomatos?? Thanks Pat

By Pat Goldmann on December 26, 2010


Me and my family loved it couldn't stop eating eat..

By Anonymous on November 06, 2010


this is delicious. we love any mac n cheese at our house. i love to try it different ways. we love ours with pieces of ham or bacon in it. this is good with the tomatoes on it also.

By Anonymous on September 26, 2010


People went bananas over this. I couldn't find dry mustard at my supermarket so I substituted it with a mustard with seeds to rave reviews.

By Anonymous on September 03, 2010


it was delicious! i couldn't stop eating it! good thing there was leftovers.

By Anonymous on March 11, 2010


This was so good ! My family loved it even tho i cooked it for as long as it said and it burnt a little on the bottom they still loved it ..

By Anonymous on February 28, 2010


Oh Mrs. Paula! You have certainly done it again! This was an AWESOME recipe that was so simple to make!! And the tomatos add a little something special as well as a little contrast! I LOVED it! Thank you for another winner! Ms. Johnson-Miami, FL

By Anonymous on February 28, 2010

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