Smoky Mac and Cheese

Smoked Cheddar and Muir Glen® fire roasted tomatoes are the secret ingredients that give this updated mac 'n cheese its intense flavor.

  • Prep Time 30 min
  • Total Time 50 min
  • Servings 8

Ingredients

3
cups uncooked elbow macaroni (12 oz)
1 1/2
cups whipping cream
1
teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/2
teaspoon coarse (kosher or sea) salt
1/4
teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne)
8
oz smoked Cheddar cheese, shredded (2 cups)
2
cans (14.5 oz each) Muir Glen™ organic fire roasted diced tomatoes, well drained
1/4
cup sliced green onions (4 medium)
1/3
cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/3
cup Progresso™ plain bread crumbs
2
teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 Cook and drain macaroni as directed on box. Return to saucepan; cover to keep warm.
  • 2 Meanwhile, heat oven to 375°F. Spray 13x9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray. In 2-quart saucepan, heat whipping cream, mustard, salt and red pepper to boiling. Reduce heat; stir in Cheddar cheese with wire whisk until smooth.
  • 3 Pour sauce over macaroni. Stir in tomatoes and onions. Pour into baking dish. In small bowl, mix Parmesan cheese and bread crumbs. Stir in oil. Sprinkle over top of macaroni mixture.
  • 4 Bake uncovered 15 to 20 minutes or until edges are bubbly and top is golden brown.

Expert Tips

Be sure to use whipping cream when making the sauce for this decadent mac 'n cheese. Milk or half-and-half are more likely to curdle when combined with acidic ingredients like tomatoes.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
500
(
Calories from Fat
240),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
27g
27%
(Saturated Fat
16g,
16%
Trans Fat
1/2g
1/2%
),
Cholesterol
85mg
85%;
Sodium
770mg
770%;
Total Carbohydrate
47g
47%
(Dietary Fiber
4g
4%
  Sugars
5g
5%
),
Protein
17g
17%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
20%;
Vitamin C
8%;
Calcium
30%;
Iron
20%;
Exchanges:
2 1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 1 High-Fat Meat; 3 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
3
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.