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Macaroni and Tomatoes

This macaroni and tomatoes recipe is the perfect meal for when you need to stretch your dollars. It’s a quick and easy Southern recipe that can be ready in just 30 minutes! It’s made mostly from pantry staple ingredients making it an inexpensive and meatless meal that will fill your family’s tummies! It goes perfectly with this hot water cornbread.

macaroni and diced tomatoes in a white bowl.

It’s becoming more important than ever these days to have a repertoire of inexpensive recipe ideas. Especially if you have a large family like I do.

Lately I’ve been doing my best to prepare inexpensive and yummy meals for my family such as bean tostadas, sopita, scrambled eggs and hot dogs and so many others. There are so many cheap recipe options that your family will love! And I hope this macaroni and diced tomatoes recipe will be one of them!

What are the ingredients for macaroni and tomatoes?

Since this is a very simple dish it’s very important season to your liking so that it isn’t bland. Recipes for this dish will vary between cooks but this is what I like to include in mine:

  • elbow macaroni
  • canned diced tomatoes
  • butter
  • bacon grease
  • yellow onion (diced)
  • garlic powder
  • black pepper
  • salt

All of the ingredients used to make this dish are staples for us. These are ingredients that we always have on hand. It’s really important to make sure you have a well stocked and organized pantry. This has made grocery shopping a lot easier for us.

What can you do with diced tomatoes?

The reason that diced tomatoes are a staple item for us is because we can add them to so many things. For example, I love adding them to my lentil soup, black bean tortilla soup, chili and drunken beans. They are great to use when fresh tomatoes aren’t in season.

How to make macaroni and diced tomatoes

Melt the butter and bacon grease in a large skillet over medium heat.

Butter and bacon grease in a pot.

Add the diced onion to the skillet and season with the salt and black pepper. Cook for a few minutes.

Sautéing diced onion in a skillet.

Then empty the canned diced tomatoes into the skillet. Add the garlic powder and stir. Cover this and let it simmer over medium heat while we prepare the macaroni.

Diced tomatoes and diced onion in a large skillet.

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Once boiling add the macaroni and cook to al dente according to the directions on the box. Then drain the macaroni and add it to the skillet of tomatoes and stir.

Elbow macaroni and diced tomatoes in a skillet.

Taste and season with more salt and pepper if you like. Simmer for a couple more minutes. This dish is now ready to serve!

Macaroni and tomatoes in a skillet.

Tips and tricks

  • Use both butter and bacon grease for the best flavor.
  • Cook the macaroni just to al dente since it will simmer for a couple more minutes with the tomatoes.
  • Season well with salt, pepper and garlic powder for a flavorful dish.

Macaroni and canned tomatoes recipe

This easy Southern recipe is not only delicious it’s also very inexpensive. I hope you will enjoy it as much as we do. If you’re really into southern recipes you’ll have to check out my recipe for pinto beans next. Let me know what you think of this recipe in the comments below and don’t forget to leave it a rating. Thank you so much for visiting, see you soon!

Macaroni and diced tomatoes in a white bowl.
Macaroni and diced tomatoes in a white bowl.
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Macaroni and tomatoes

Macaroni and tomatoes is an easy and delicious Southern recipe your family will love!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Southern
Keyword macaroni and diced tomatoes, macaroni and tomatoes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 227 kcal
Author Carissa

Ingredients

  • 2 cups elbow macaroni uncooked
  • (2) 14.5 oz cans of diced tomatoes
  • 1 tbs butter
  • 1 tbs bacon grease
  • 1/4 yellow onion diced
  • 3/4 tsp garlic powder
  • black pepper to taste
  • salt to taste

Instructions

  1. Melt the butter and bacon grease in a large skillet over medium heat.

  2. Add the diced onion to the skillet. Season with salt and black pepper. Cook for a few minutes.

  3. Empty the cans of diced tomatoes into the skillet. Add the garlic powder and stir. Cover and let simmer while you prepare the macaroni.

  4. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Once boiling add the macaroni and cook to al dente according to the directions on the box.

  5. Drain the macaroni and add it to the skillet of tomatoes and stir.

  6. Taste and season with more salt and pepper if necessary. Simmer for a couple more minutes then remove from heat.

  7. Serve and enjoy.

Recipe Notes

  • Use both butter and bacon grease for the best flavor.
  • Cook the macaroni just to al dente since it will simmer for a couple more minutes with the tomatoes.
  • Season well with salt, pepper and garlic powder for a flavorful dish.
Nutrition Facts
Macaroni and tomatoes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 227 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 7mg2%
Sodium 133mg6%
Potassium 262mg7%
Carbohydrates 39g13%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 150IU3%
Vitamin C 8mg10%
Calcium 36mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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