Baked Macaroni

This recipe is so family friendly. Very much comfort food – great for a cold day! When my dad was growing up, both his parents worked and there were five children – very conveniently, one child was responsible for dinner one night a week … this was my dad’s dinner of choice! When you see how easy it is to make, you will understand why!


1 large can tomato puree (or a jar of your favorite spaghetti sauce)
1 can tomato paste (preferably Italian seasoned)
1 box large macaroni shells, cooked
8 oz. block extra sharp cheddar, cut in small chunks
Italian seasonings … oregano, thyme, garlic
Shredded Mozzarella (optional)

Cook the pasta. Set aside. In a large dutch oven, or similar oven proof pot, heat puree and tomato paste. Add seasonings. Add cheese. Stir until cheese is melted. Toss the pasta in the sauce. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese if you want the top extra cheesy. Cook for 1 hour at 350.

Serve with a green salad and garlic bread. Yum!

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Erin Brighton

I am a native New Englander now living in beautiful Charlotte, North Carolina and enjoying summers in sea-breezy Scituate, Massachusetts with my five small kids and two large dogs. I love to cook easy, local, and gluten-free for friends and family.

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