Creamy cheese & tomato macaroni

Creamy cheese & tomato macaroni

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Prep: 5 mins Cook: 12 mins


Serves 4
Try pasta instead of potatoes as a quick side-dish with chicken or steak

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal314
  • fat6g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs58g
  • sugars3g
  • fibre0g
  • protein11g
  • salt0.33g
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  • 300g macaroni, or other small pasta shapes
  • 25g sundried tomato in oil, drained and roughly chopped
  • 2 tbsp crème fraîche
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • 1 tbsp parmesan, grated



    Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…


  1. Boil the pasta. Meanwhile, in a small food processor, blitz together the tomatoes, crème fraîche and tomato purée into a sauce. (If you don’t have a small processor, finely chop the tomatoes, then mix everything together.)

  2. Drain the pasta, saving a little of the cooking water, then return to the pan with the tomato sauce and half the cheese. Mix together until all the pasta is coated, then serve as a side dish, sprinkled with the remaining cheese.

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belle.gothique's picture
23rd Nov, 2015
This was not a bad recipe. One of those nice quick meals when you haven't a lot of time to spare. I added some Chorizo to add a kick, but smoked bacon would work.
9th Jan, 2015
I found this to be bland. It wasn't disgusting and definitely edible but I wouldn't go out of my way to make it again.
26th May, 2014
I just tried this with whole wheat fusili, did not measure anything bit added generously sundried tomatoes, basil, garlic, salt,pepper, cheddar am mozzarella cheese, and thick double cream small size. It was very creamy but not too moist or runny just perfect no need for extra sauce, I served with lamb chops and green salad. The taste is heavenly. Perfect bank holiday treat for everyone.
marmiteetponpon's picture
23rd Apr, 2014
check this delicious and easy to prepare four chese pasta recipe at marmite et ponpon
27th Jan, 2014
Just made for my teenage sons as a quick tea served with fish fingers and salad, they loved it. I made extra sauce as comments suggested but I guess that's personal preference.
steevegh's picture
17th Sep, 2013
really bland no enough sauce i was very disapointed
21st Mar, 2012
Couldnt get sundried tomatoes in oil so i used a sundried tomato paste. Great idea as it saved blitzing the sauce and still added texture with the small sundried tomato bits in the paste :)
21st Mar, 2012
Found it bland so i added salt, pepper and garlic seasonsing to the sauce which made it much more flavoursome. Served it with grilled cajun chicken
6th Aug, 2011
Yummy, quick easy and tasy
3rd Sep, 2010
Nice, easy and quick to throw together after a busy day at work. Mine looked more pink than the colour shown in the recipe but tasted great which is all that matters.


6th Apr, 2019
Could I make a batch of this and freeze it ?
goodfoodteam's picture
7th Apr, 2019
Thanks for your question. Yes, you can. We'd suggest defrosting it in the fridge or microwave and then reheating.
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