Baked Macaroni, Tomatoes and Cheese

Author: Canadian Living

Before Codi Miles skateboards with the other boys at lunchtime, the Grade 5 student loves to open his lunch box and find fruit and leftover macaroni and cheese. Steaming hot pasta has the energy from complex carbohydrates that Codi, an active 11-year-old, needs - plus the cheese is a good source of calcium, an essential mineral crucial for growing children. Double the cheese, if you like. This recipe is simple to serve for supper, and leftovers make a great packed lunch the next day.

  • Portion size 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 cups whole wheat elbow macaroni
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 can stewed tomatoes
  • 1 can tomato soup
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup fresh bread crumbs

Method

In large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta until tender but firm, 6 to 8 minutes. Drain and return to pot.

In separate bowl, beat eggs with milk. Add to macaroni; cook, stirring, over low heat until no liquid remains and macaroni is coated, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in tomatoes and soup, breaking up tomatoes with back of spoon.

Spoon half of the macaroni mixture into deep greased 8-cup (2 L) casserole dish. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup (125 mL) of the cheese; top with remaining macaroni mixture. Sprinkle with bread crumbs.

Bake, uncovered, in 375°F (190°C) oven for 25 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining cheese; bake until melted, about 5 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes. (Make-ahead: Let cool for 30 minutes; refrigerate until cold. Cover and refrigerate for up to 24 hours.)

Nutritional facts <b>Per 1 cup (250 mL):</b> about

  • Sodium 598 mg
  • Protein 13 g
  • Calories 268.0
  • Total fat 7 g
  • Cholesterol 62 mg
  • Saturated fat 4 g
  • Total carbohydrate 41 g

%RDI

  • Iron 18.0
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 10.0
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 15.0
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 12.0
  • Vitamin C 15.0
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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