Grandma's Mac and Cheese

Butter and Thyme
by Butter and Thyme
6 servings
1 hr 10 min

As the name suggests, this recipe comes from my grandma and is a fan-favorite. It's my go-to comfort food, and this is also true for much of my family and even a few friends that have tried it over the years. I admit I'm a little biased, and maybe this is just nostalgia, but this is hands down my favorite mac and cheese recipe and that's saying a LOT!

This is definitely not your typical mac and cheese recipe. First off, it contains a pretty large amount of tomatoes. And the secret is adding sugar to balance out the acidity of the tomatoes. I actually cut down the sugar a little bit from what my grandma uses! But what you end up getting is a surprisingly sweet but amazingly addictive and well balanced dish.

Grandma's Mac and Cheese
Recipe details
  • 6  servings
  • Prep time: 20 Minutes Cook time: 50 Minutes Total time: 1 hr 10 min
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  • 1 lb elbow macaroni, or small shells
  • 12 slices Kraft Deli Deluxe sharp cheddar cheese
  • 12 slices Kraft Deli Deluxe American cheese
  • 1 can Campbell's tomato soup
  • 28 oz. canned Italian-style diced tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup sugar + extra for sprinkling on top
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley

Preheat oven to 350. Cook pasta according to package instructions, al dente. Strain, rinse under warm water, and hold to the side.
In a food processor, pulse cheese until it is evenly shredded, and transfer to a large bowl.
Add sugar, soup, diced tomatoes and their juices, and season with salt and pepper. Mix to combine.
Add the cooked macaroni and mix to combine. Transfer to a 13 x 9 glass baking dish, and sprinkle top with dried parsley and sugar.
Bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour, until cheese is fully melted and top begins to crisp.