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Macaroni and Cheese with Garden Tomato!

Macaroni and Cheese with Garden Tomato!

Garden Tomato topped macaroni & cheese with panko bread crumbsAlthough our garden has only yielded a tomato or two so far this year, we have been able to pick up boxes of 6 tomatoes for $1 at a local farm stand. Since we’re a household of only 2, it’s been a challenge to use all 6 tomatoes before they spoil. I decided to try some new recipes this year, like my easy dinner with squash and garden vegetables. I even added fresh tomatoes to my grill wok summer vegetables & chicken sausage recipe.

Here in the Northeast, we’ve been lucky to experience a cooler August after a rather hot July. During the hot summer days, I like to cook outside on the grill to keep the house cool. I decided to take advantage of the cooler temperatures and try a few oven recipes. First up, macaroni and cheese adorned with fresh tomato slices.

This recipe calls for 4 cups of cheese, any variety. Choose cheddar for a more traditional dish, or try a combination of cheeses for a more exotic flair–such as gruyere with cheddar. Mixing cheeses is a great way to use up what you have on hand and create unexpected flavor combinations.

Tomato-topped Macaroni & Cheese

Serves 6-8
Prep time 30 minutes
Cook time 35 minutes
Total time 1 hours, 5 minutes
Allergy Milk
Dietary Vegetarian
Meal type Lunch, Main Dish, Side Dish
Misc Child Friendly, Serve Hot
Website 1 More Than 2

Ingredients

  • lb elbow macaroni
  • 4 cups milk
  • 8 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 4 cups cheese (grated)
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 3-4 tomatoes (sliced)
  • 1-1/2 cup panko bread crumbs

Directions

Step 1
Garden Tomato topped macaroni & cheese with panko bread crumbs
Preheat oven to 350.
Step 2
Garden Tomato topped macaroni & cheese with panko bread crumbs
In a large pot, bring water to boil. Add the macaroni and cook according to package directions.
Step 3
Garden Tomato topped macaroni & cheese with panko bread crumbs
Heat the milk in a small saucepan, being careful not to boil it.
Step 4
Garden Tomato topped macaroni & cheese with panko bread crumbs
In a medium saucepan, melt 6 tbsp butter. Whisk in flour and cook over low heat for 2 minutes.
Step 5
Garden Tomato topped macaroni & cheese with panko bread crumbs
Whisk together hot milk and flour mixture. Cook until thickened, about 2 minutes.
Step 6
Garden Tomato topped macaroni & cheese with panko bread crumbs
Remove from heat and stir in the cheese, pepper, and nutmeg.
Step 7
Garden Tomato topped macaroni & cheese with panko bread crumbs
Pour cooked macaroni into a 13x9 baking dish. Pour cheese mixture over top and mix well.
Step 8
Arrange the tomato slices on top of the macaroni.
Step 9
Melt 2 tbsp. butter and combine with the panko bread crumbs. Sprinkle mixture on top. Bake 30-35 minutes until sauce is bubbly and the top is browned.

This recipe is pretty easy to make, and delicious.

Do you have garden fresh tomatoes on hand? Check back soon for another great recipe to utilize your garden’s bounty!

Amy (91 Posts)

I am a Freelance Graphic Designer full of creative interests! In my spare time, I love to create something new from something old, embark on home decorating and renovation projects, try out new recipes, and attempt to garden. Beyond the artistic pursuits, I have a love for music and enjoy playing the piano and handbells.


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