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My Mother's Mac and Cheese Recipe
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My Mother's Mac and Cheese Recipe

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I remember my mother sending me to the store for "15¢ worth of store cheese". The butcher would cut off a slice from a gigantic round of cheese covered with a wax-coated cloth. Mother would then blend that cheese into this tasty dish. Today, the memory of Mother's cooking is like food for my soul. — Phyllis Burkland, Portland, Oregon
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 1 hour
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 1 hour
MAKES: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cups elbow macaroni, cooked and drained
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion salt, optional
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 2 tablespoons butter

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 cup) equals 373 calories, 22 g fat (16 g saturated fat), 75 mg cholesterol, 759 mg sodium, 27 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 16 g protein.

Directions

  1. In a bowl, combine macaroni, tomatoes, onion salt, pepper and 1-1/2 cups cheddar cheese. Pour into a greased 2-qt. baking dish. Dot with butter. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 45 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining cheese; bake 15 minutes longer. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as My Mother's Mac and Cheese in Reminisce May/June 1993, p51

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 cup) equals 373 calories, 22 g fat (16 g saturated fat), 75 mg cholesterol, 759 mg sodium, 27 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 16 g protein.

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.

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Reviewed Jan. 21, 2015

"FANTASTIC is the only word to describe this dish! Wished I could have given it 10 stars. I made a few changes for health reasons, used whole wheat pasta, reduced fat Italian shredded cheese, substituted garlic salt for onion salt, added garlic powder. Once in the oven for 45 min. Browned 2 cups of seasoned Panko crumbs with 1 TBL. of butter and 1 TBL. of olive oil in a pan. sprinkled on top of the casserole and baked it for another 15 min.

Thank you so much for sharing your recipe with us all."

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Reviewed Nov. 10, 2014

"this may be it! I really hope this is the recipe that my husband's grandmother used to make. We (in our family) look at him like "TOMATOES IN YOUR MAC-N-CHEESE???!!!" ...but he grew up with this being the "best" and unfortunately, the recipe passed away with his grandmother. I'm going to try to surprise him with this for Thanksgiving. Really hope this is the one."

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Reviewed Jun. 12, 2014

"This recipe was a winner! My husband really liked it and I will definitely be making this again."

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Reviewed Mar. 3, 2014

"This was a great dish. When I first saw the ingredients I was sure it was going to be dry but it was not. I made one change I used diced tomatoes with basil, garlic and oregano it gave it a little more flavor, next time I am going to add some type of meat. My husband the cook said this was a keeper he had some good ideas. Will make I again and post the additions."

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Reviewed Jul. 3, 2013

"This is magic, so much better than that boring list of ingredients."

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