Grandma’s Macaroni and Tomatoes Recipe


  • 1 cup uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • 1 (15 oz.) can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 cups tomatoes juice
  • 1 teaspoon bacon drippings
  • 1 tablespoons butter
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • black pepper to taste


Place the macaroni in 2 cups salted boiling water and cook until the pasta is just starting to soften. Add the tomatoes, Tomatoes juice, bacon drippings, butter, sugar and black pepper to taste. Cook just until the pasta is done and has absorbed some of the juices. Don’t leave the bacon drippings out, that is one of the keys to the flavor!

You can add cheese to this or sprinkle with Parmesan, but this is one dish I don’t like to add cheese to! I know it’s hard to believe, but it’s true! I love this with cornbread..

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