Stove-Top Macaroni and Cheese with Roasted Tomatoes

  • bellymama Posted: 11/09/08
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    I made this for my husband, my 2 year old, her playmate, and myself. We all loved it. It was the creamiest mac and cheese I've ever made. But, I made several changes. I doubt you could call mine light. I used 14.5 oz of noodles (what else would I do with 2.5 oz?) and tried to alter the recipe accordingly. I ended up using 3 cups of cheese, 2 eggs (wasn't going to buy substitute to just use 1/4 cup), and regular evap. milk (store didn't have skim) and some 2% milk. I didn't bother with the bread crumbs. My husband and I LOVED the roasted tomatoes. I served it with roasted carrots and roasted broccoli.

  • rachelcooks Posted: 02/09/09
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    Warm comfort food. Will definitely make again. May try with broccoli or a different vegetable. Loved the breadcrumbs.

  • nomich Posted: 11/10/08
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    Great comfort food. I left the tomatoes on the side, since my husband liked them, but I just wanted straight-up mac-n-cheese. I added black pepper (love it), but everything else was just right!

  • LouAnn Posted: 11/22/08
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    I have made this recipe about 5 times. My partner and I really like it. No grainy cheese sauce taste. I added black pepper to mine, however (can''t live without it). I have tried whole grain pasta and it's OK (trader joe's fusilli) and also made with a really bad whole grain pasta (don't remember because it was terrible). But, I think it is best with plain ol' elbow macaroni. Love the roasted tomatoes. The bread crumbs are kind of a pain but really did add to the dish overall. Have had it with a rotisserie chicken and also just with a salad.

  • mrsmoore Posted: 11/19/08
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    I fixed this last night and my 3 year old inhaled it! It was easy to roast the tomatoes while getting everything else ready. Loved it!

  • Luv2fish Posted: 11/26/08
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    Have made this many times and enjoy it very much. If I happen not to have tomatoes, or a guest does not like them, I substitute sliced roasted red peppers. I purchase the type of red peppers that come whole, not presliced as they have much better flavor.

  • MThead4Real Posted: 01/17/09
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    I made it exactly, everyone liked it, I just felt it would've been better if I mixed some garlic in with the roasting tomatoes. The fresh made bread crumbs are what make the dish.

  • KidsMom707 Posted: 04/12/09
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    ATTENTION! I strongly recommend you make this recipe, and follow directions just AS WRITTEN! The roasted tomotoes make the dish and of course you should have the extra sharp cheddar and the cayenne pepper as directed. Trust me, if you follow the directions you will be really pleased with results!! Don't try baking afterward in casserole dish. It dried out an otherwise delicious recipe.

  • AlbqCook Posted: 05/15/09
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    I'm on a quest to find the perfect mac & cheese recipe...and this wasn't it. While MUCH better than the last one I tried, it still needs....something. I guess I'm looking for a very "cheesy" mac & cheese (as in not yellow in color or loaded with cheese, but one with a great cheese flavor). The sharpness of the cheese just didn't come out like I expected, perhaps too much pasta? This would be good with broccoli added and more red pepper. Not disappointed, just have to get back on my quest...

  • Belladonna714 Posted: 07/20/10
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    This was such a delicious mac and cheese dinner. I bought roasted red tomatoes off the olive bar at wegmans and eliminated the breadcrumbs all together only because I didn't have any bread on hand. I do agree with other reviewers that the sauce was a little watery. This was equally good reheated for lunch the next day!

  • Jperry Posted: 09/08/09
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    Love this recipe and make it all of the time - for me and my husband, for guests, etc. I follow the recipe exactly and love the sharpness of Cracker Barrel's extra sharp cheese and the kick of the cayenne pepper. I am about to try adding some lobster meat for a casual dinner party.....

  • Josorio Posted: 02/25/10
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    we added sausage which made it better. I also used a real egg instead of egg substitute. It was alright but probably not anything we'll make again anytime soon.

  • TrishAnnK Posted: 01/13/11
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    Easy - usually have all these ingredients in my cupboard (except tomatoes!). Is nutritious and, when coupled with a salad, makes a great dinner - even my 3-yr-old grandson loves it!!!

  • lilmommas27 Posted: 05/11/11
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    This was great! I made as is written. The bread crumbs made it delicious! I am rating it a 4 because besides myself, only one of my three boys liked it. My husband didn't like it very much either. But I thought it was great!

  • JimMarltonNJ Posted: 11/08/11
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    This did not have the WOW factor that I expected. We have other CL recipes for Mac & Cheese that are better. Served with CL's Chicken with Pear-Sage Skillet Chutney

  • miraoli Posted: 08/29/13
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    My husband and I thought this was quite good. We used real egg instead of a substitute (we always do) and regular sharp cheddar. It was fast easy and simple to make for the taste and we may make again soon! www.PrintableCouponsandDeals.com has tons of great coupons that could be used on ingredients for this recipe.

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