Roasted Tomato Macaroni and Cheese

Ground sausage is a good addition as well

This dish uses tomatoes and herbs from the garden to perk up comfort food.

Roasted Tomato Macaroni and Cheese

  • 2 thinly sliced tomatoes
  • 2 links Italian sausage, cut from casing, browned
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 2 cups milk (not skim)
  • Bay leaf
  • pinch nutmeg
  • 1 pound macaroni
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella
  • ¼ cup grated Romano cheese
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh oregano
  • roughly one tsp olive oil
  • salt/pepper

Cook sausage in a frying pan over medium heat, using the back of a wooden spoon to break meat into bite-sized pieces. Cook pasta in salted water to almost al dente. Drain and put in large mixing bowl. Lightly grease a 9×12 baking dish. Heat milk, bay leaf and nutmeg in pan very slowly making sure not to bring milk to a boil or scald. Meanwhile melt butter in another sauce pan. Add flour and cook roux till medium brown color appears whisking constantly, about three minutes. Add warm milk to roux (remove bay leaf) and whisk till thick and bubbly, about 4-5 minutes. Remove from heat and add cheddar and mozarella. Mix till cheese melts into sauce. Add salt and pepper to taste. Pour cheese sauce over pasta and sausage and mix till even. Spoon into baking dish and spread out evenly. Top with sliced tomatoes. Sprinkle with black pepper and drizzle with olive oil. Dust with Romano and oregano.  Bake at 400 degrees till cheese is browned on top, about 20 minutes.

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31 Responses to Roasted Tomato Macaroni and Cheese

  1. peasepudding says:

    Looks like a nice hearty meal that would suit our cold winter months

  2. ChgoJohn says:

    This looks so good, Greg. It’s the sliced tomatoes on top. When roasted, they add such a great flavor to the dish.

  3. Macaroni and cheese never looked this good before. Nice!

  4. Oh, yum! The Little One and I are on our own for a week; this might be just the ticket!
    Approximate weight on your sausage links? At our butcher, it’s a giant coil, and you ask for so-big a piece…

  5. sallybr says:

    Great take on a classic! For me, the traditional is too boring with the sea of cheese and nothing else. We love to add mushrooms and other goodies to ours, but this layer of roasted tomato you came up with is a definite winner!

  6. Kristy says:

    Now this is a mac and cheese I can get behind. The kids would love it too (without the tomatoes). LOL.

  7. sanjapanja says:

    I will probably make this next week.

  8. Mad Dog says:

    That’s a posh mac and cheese.

  9. Seriously comforting…and delicious!

  10. nancyc says:

    YUM! I need to make this!

  11. billpeeler says:

    What a great combination of flavors. Perfect summery comfort meal!

  12. Lauren says:

    Mmm, yes please. To all but the sausage, of course. 😉

  13. ceciliag says:

    you must be thrilled to have tomatoes already, we have one!! ONE, so i might wait to make this! looks great!! c

  14. hotlyspiced says:

    What a great take on mac and cheese. Mac and cheese is my sons most requested meal! I will present to him your version with the roasted tomatoes – nice addition!

  15. Oh yeah! Mr Chippy loves mac and cheese and the addition of herbs and tomatoes would make me very happy too!

  16. Eva Taylor says:

    What a great dish Greg. The acidity of the tomatoes would cut the cheesy richness well. We were in Switzerland many years ago and had mac and cheese in Apenzeller (name of the town and the cheese) and the served it with apple sauce; my mouth still waters when I think of it now!

  17. nrhatch says:

    I want to dive into that dish. YUM. Thanks for your kind words.

  18. ambrosiana says:

    Great and very scrumptious idea of adding tomatoe sto mac & cheese!

  19. egg me on says:

    Okay, this one gets a big WHOA. Those tomato slices on top are amazing. Dusted with oregano and Romano … must be a like a pizza sitting on top of your mac & cheese. Mmm. So, so good.

  20. Carolyn Chan says:

    Comfort food at its best !

  21. Love this spin on mac & cheese! It’s a “man meal”- which I love, haha!

  22. This is beautiful. It’s been awhile since I’ve made baked mac and cheese, but this might be just the push I needed.

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  26. Grannymar says:

    makes me wish I could eat dairy foods!

  27. This sounds so good!

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  29. Reblogged this on gratuit and commented:
    celà a l’air délicieux!

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