Tomato Macaroni & Cheese
1 lb. elbow macaroni
1 28 oz. can diced tomatoes*
6 Tbsp. unsalted butter
1/2 cup flour
1 tsp. dry mustard
4 cups milk
1 cup half & half
4 cups mild cheddar cheese, shredded (save 1/2 cup for topping)
2 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
Salt and Pepper to taste
Buttered bread crumbs
Cook macaroni according to package directions until still slightly firm, about 7 minutes.
Drain and return to pot.
Add entire can of tomatoes, including juice, and stir to combine; set aside.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
In a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add flour and stir to combine. Cook for 2 minutes to cook the raw taste out of the flour. Add mustard and salt and pepper.
When mixture comes to a boil, remove from heat and add cheeses.
Add cheese sauce to macaroni and tomatoes in the pot and stir well.
Pour into a large baking dish.
For the buttered bread crumbs:
Melt 3 Tbsp. of unsalted butter in a small saucepan. Add one cup of coarsely grated bread crumbs (from stale bread). Add 1/2 tsp. salt and 1/4 tsp. of black pepper. Saute until golden.
Top with breadcrumbs and reserved cheddar cheese.
Bake for 20 minutes or until bubbly.