Macaroni and tomatoes is a delightfully simple side dish that you may have enjoyed as a kid. I hope you enjoy my one-pot recipe that is ready in just about 15 minutes!
Did you grow up eating macaroni and tomatoes as a side dish? Truth be told, I had never heard of this dish until recently, but when I did, I was happy to try it! I love spaghetti, mac and cheese, and chili mac, and this easy side dish has elements of all of those.
Before I made my own version of macaroni and tomatoes, I read a whole bunch of recipes to learn about different versions. All my favorites had one thing in common: b. Is there ever a time that bacon doesn’t make a recipe better?? Thanks to the use of butter and bacon, this isn’t exactly health food. That’s OK though. Just serve it with some healthy chicken and a salad or other veggie, and you’ll have all your bases covered.
Speaking of bacon, it’s totally up to you to decide how much bacon juices (AKA grease) you’d like to leave in the finished dish. I poured off all but a tablespoon or two, but I’m sure it will taste better the more you use.
Most macaroni with tomatoes recipes use tomato sauce, like the plain, unseasoned kind. I decided to use pizza sauce and recommend that or spaghetti sauce to add a little more flavor to the dish. OK, yes, I did use pizza sauce because I had leftovers in my fridge that I wanted to use. If you often have some kind of pasta sauce hanging around too, this is the perfect recipe for using up the rest of the jar!
It was a little hard for me to not add cheese to this recipe because I love adding cheese to pretty much all pasta dishes! I did manage to restrain myself, but there’s no reason not to sprinkle a little parmesan on top if it floats your boat! How do you like your macaroni and tomatoes? Leave me a comment to let me know! xoPrint
Heat deep skillet or soup pot over medium-high heat. Add butter and chopped bacon. Stir and cook until bacon is brown and fat is rendered. Pour off desired amount of oil from the cooked bacon.
Add all tomatoes, pasta sauce, and water to the pot. Bring to a boil, and stir in macaroni.
Cook at a low boil for the recommended cook time on the macaroni package. Stir often, scraping the bottom, to prevent pasta from sticking to the pan. Dish is ready to serve when macaroni is cooked to your liking.
Serve with grated parmesan for sprinkling on top if desired.
If you prefer to use an 8-ounce can of tomato sauce instead of pizza or pasta sauce, just add a little more seasoned salt to taste.
- Prep Time: 2
- Cook Time: 15
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