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This Meaty Tomato Mac And Cheese Recipe will be your family’s new favorite comfort food. Batch cooked meat lovers pasta sauce gives extra flavor to your fave comfort food and single-handedly turns a side into a meal!

Meaty Tomato Mac And Cheese Recipe From Val's Kitchen

 

Mac And Cheese is one of our family’s favorite comfort foods so I make it fairly often. While a nice serving of yummy, cheesy goodness is nice, sometimes I want to change it up a bit. Sometimes I add a meat or vegetable, occasionally both of those. Sometimes I like to combine something tomato with it. I first discovered I liked the taste of red sauce mixed with mac and cheese many years ago. I’d made mac and cheese and didn’t have quite enough milk to properly make the box of pasta so I added a little jarred sauce that I had in the fridge. I like the way the tomato offsets the cheese, giving a sort of tangy-ish flavor. Recently I shared my recipe for a 5 Meat Pasta Sauce. I made a batch of Mac and Cheese with that and wound up with Meaty Tomato Mac And Cheese. The meat gives extra flavor to an already tasty dish and singlehandedly turns a side into a meal. Here’s how I make it.

Meaty Tomato Mac And Cheese

Equipment Needed

  • electric pressure cooker (I used a 6qt instant Pot) OR pasta pot
  • silicone cooking spoon
  • measuring cups
  • 9×13 baking dish

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Ingredients

Meaty Tomato Mac And Cheese Recipe From Val's Kitchen

Instructions

If making the mac and cheese from a box follow the instructions. Place the pasta and water into the pressure cooker and seal.

If making the mac and cheese from scratch using an Instant Pot, start here.

Place the pasta and water into the pressure cooker and seal.

Set pressure cooker to cook on manual 5 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 f.

Spray baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.

Once pressure cooker is finished cooking, allow to release pressure naturally for 5 minutes before doing a quick pressure release.

Add in the butter, sour cream, and shredded cheddar and stir well until cheese has melted.

If you mae the mac and cheese from a box, resume following the directions here.

Add 1.5 cups meat sauce to the mac and cheese and stir well.

Pour mac and cheese mixture into the baking dish.

Bake for 15 minutes.

Serve immediately.

Meaty Tomato Mac And Cheese Recipe From Val's Kitchen

Meaty Tomato Mac And Cheese

Meaty Tomato Mac And Cheese Recipe From Val's Kitchen

Instructions

If making the mac and cheese from a box follow the instructions. Place the pasta and water into the pressure cooker and seal. If making the mac and cheese from scratch using an Instant Pot, start here. Place the pasta and water into the pressure cooker and seal. Set pressure cooker to cook on manual 5 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 f. Spray baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Once pressure cooker is finished cooking, allow to release pressure naturally for 5 minutes before doing a quick pressure release. Add in the butter, sour cream, and shredded cheddar and stir well until cheese has melted. If you mae the mac and cheese from a box, resume following the directions here. Add 1.5 cups meat sauce to the mac and cheese and stir well. Pour mac and cheese mixture into the baking dish. Bake for 15 minutes. Serve immediately.

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    17 comments

    Robin Rue September 6, 2017 - 11:04 am

    I love your twist on a classic comfort meal. I know my boys will completely devour this when I make it 🙂

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    Alli Smith September 6, 2017 - 11:04 am

    I’m liking the addition of sour cream since it’s a favorite of mine. This Meaty Mac and Cheese looks so creamy and delicious. I’m drooling over here!

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    Jeanette September 6, 2017 - 11:58 am

    Like the idea of having meat in the mac & cheese. My husband and my son love mac & cheese and I know with a little meat in there it would even be better.

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    Tomi C September 6, 2017 - 12:15 pm

    Love my Instant Pot. I had been seeing so many recipe posts about them that I just had to get one. OMG! We love it. Now I’m always on the hunt for recipes using the Instant Pot and I will have to add this to my recipe box. Your recipe looks delcious!

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    Joanna @ Everyday Made Fresh September 6, 2017 - 12:26 pm

    Sounds like a great twist on a classic. I love how quickly that you cooked this in the instant pot. I swear I need to get one!

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    Nancy at Whispered Inspirations September 6, 2017 - 1:15 pm

    This sounds delicious. My kids would really love this Meaty Tomato Mac and Cheese. It would make a great weeknight dinner.

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    candy September 6, 2017 - 2:49 pm

    this reminds me of a type of goulash we make using meat, tomato and mac and cheese. Need the really good cheese.

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    Amber Myers September 6, 2017 - 2:54 pm

    Mmm, I love pasta, so I need to try this out soon for dinner! I think everyone in the house would love it!

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    Lisa September 6, 2017 - 5:01 pm

    I love easy meals like this where you get everything in one delicious dish. I’m going to try this one soon.

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    Jacqui S September 6, 2017 - 8:32 pm

    I love a good mac and cheese and this one looks like it would fit the bill perfectly. Thank you for sharing. Will be added to my fall menu!

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    Sue Reddel September 6, 2017 - 9:29 pm

    This looks like a perfect dish for fall. Looks like a tasty and easy dinner to make.

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    april brumm September 6, 2017 - 9:51 pm

    thank you!!! now i want all the pasta!! maybe i can make it with dreamfields and still stay on plan. pics were wonderful too. great job!

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    Cheryl September 7, 2017 - 10:51 am

    You had me at mac and cheese. It’s an addiction! I love how versatile it is.

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    Anosa September 7, 2017 - 12:36 pm

    I am curious about the sour cream ingredient. I might do this over the weekend and thinking of including parmesan cheese as my toppings.

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    Jenn @ EngineerMommy September 7, 2017 - 3:03 pm

    Mac and cheese is always a family favorite around here. I love that this version is packed with meat so it would be more satisfying and filling. Can’t wait to try this.

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    Annemarie LeBlanc September 9, 2017 - 1:56 pm

    Wow. I like this mac and cheese recipe! It sure looks tasty and filling with all that meat and cheese. I will have to try this too. I still need practice using my Instant Pot!

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    kathleen September 11, 2017 - 10:50 pm

    Yum. I want this right now. I’m gonna try and make it. I think my husband will enjoy this. Plus, it’s a good way to add protein for my mac and cheese loving kids.

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