Macaroni Side Dish

    40 minutes

    This makes a change from a regular side dish of buttery pasta. Save that bacon grease from the morning in a cup in the fridge and put it to good use.

    43 people made this

    Serves: 6 

    • 250g macaroni
    • 20g butter
    • 1 teaspoon bacon grease
    • 250g tomato pasta sauce
    • 440g tinned chopped tomatoes, with juice
    • 1/2 teaspoon white sugar
    • salt and ground black pepper to taste

    Preparation:5min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Extra time:20min resting  ›  Ready in:40min 

    1. Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Once the water is boiling stir in the macaroni and return to a boil. Cook the pasta uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the pasta has cooked through but is still firm to the bite, about 8 minutes. Drain well in a colander set in the sink.
    2. Pour the macaroni into a saucepan and place over medium heat; stir in the butter, bacon grease, tomato sauce, tomatoes with juice and sugar; season with salt and pepper. Stir while cooking until butter and bacon grease has melted and incorporated completely, 5 to 10 minutes; remove from heat, cover and allow to sit about 20 minutes before serving.

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    I started out making this when I was really super broke and the only meat I could afford was bacon. It always increases easily with what you have on hand and however many people you have to feed. I make this now for my boys and add in bacon, add a little bit of spice and toss with parmesan cheese. Never fails to get smiles!  -  30 Oct 2008  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    I made this at my hubby's request. I have not eaten this dish before so I went on his description of how his dad used to make it as to how this was supposed to be. This turned out wonderfully and my husband was well pleased. He said it was exactly like his dad's were except he wanted it soupier, so the next time I will add some tomato juice instead of sauce or maybe in addition to. I didn't have bacon grease, I just doubled the butter. Thanks for sharing this, it brought my hubby some warm fuzzies as he has some great memories of his dad. Plain and simple, this is good comfort food!  -  02 Dec 2008  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Very good recipe! I did a whole tsp of sugar but oh well...  -  26 Dec 2010  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)