Light Mac and Cheese with Tomatoes

Light Mac and Cheese with Tomatoes |

5 from 7 reviews

A lightened up version of Mac and Cheese! Great on flavor and texture…and simple to make! Use any combination of cheeses and a pasta shape to suit the occasion!




  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Using 1 T. of butter, grease a 2 1/2 or 3 quart gratin/casserole dish.
  3. Cook pasta according to package directions, drain (RESERVE 1 cup of pasta water!), rinse with cold water and toss with 1 T. oil.
  4. In a large bowl, combine the can of tomatoes, with juice, 1 cup Italian blend cheese, 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese, all seasonings, 23 T. melted butter, and reserved pasta water. Add cooked pasta to bowl and toss gently to combine. Optional: Pull a few pieces of pasta out of bowl to save and top dish, so guests will notice the pasta shape!
  5. Pour pasta mixture in casserole dish.
  6. Combine panko with 2 T. melted butter in a small bowl.
  7. Sprinkle panko mixture over top of casserole.
  8. Bake for 25-30 minutes until dish is hot, pasta is melted and top crust is golden brown!
  9. Top with fresh chopped parsley and extra pasta pieces.