Grown-Up Tomato Mac & Cheese - Carolina Country

Grown-Up Tomato Mac & Cheese

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Grown-Up Tomato Mac & Cheese


  • 1 (16-ounce) box gemelli pasta (substitutes include penne)
  • 4 cups water
  • 2½ cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded, divided
  • ½ cup Pecorino Romano cheese, grated
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • 1 (5-ounce) can evaporated milk
  • 1 (24-ounce) jar pasta sauce
  • 2 teaspoons cracked black pepper


  1. In large pot, combine pasta and water. Cook over medium-high heat 20–22 minutes, or until pasta is done, stirring occasionally.

  2. In bowl, combine 2 cups cheddar cheese, Pecorino Romano cheese and corn starch.

  3. Reduce heat to medium; stir milk, cheese mixture and sauce together with cooked pasta (do not drain pasta; the starchy pasta water helps create an extra-rich sauce). Cook 5–7 minutes, or until cheese is melted and mixture is thickened, stirring frequently.

  4. Sprinkle with remaining cheddar cheese and pepper; serve immediately.

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