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Bacon Tomato Pasta Casserole

My grandmother’s bacon tomato pasta casserole recipe is an indulgently gooey take on mac and cheese. Add bacon and tomato sauce and you get the best comfort meal ever.

A grey bowl with pasta in it with the casserole dish in the back

This recipe has been passed down the generations. My family members all make it and I’m sure future generations will make it, not even knowing who Bena was! It is one of those time-tested, soul-satisfying recipes that, once you’ve eaten it, you just have to make!

It’s ooey, gooey, and so delicious that you’re going to make this tomato bacon pasta a family favorite.

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I love casseroles! What about you? One of my all time favorites is the lobster casserole because I love seafood with a seacoast passion. Christopher grew up land locked, so he’s more partial to my rice casserole.

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Helpful tips

  • I love Velveeta cheese in this pasta dish but if you prefer, you can make this with American cheese, sharp cheddar, muenster, or gruyere cheese.
  • Use as much or little cheese as you like. My philosophy for this comfort casserole is more is better.
  • Don’t like elbow macaroni? You can use penne, ziti, or any other noodle in this easy pasta dish.
  • You will be cooking the pasta as you fry the bacon, that way this dish will be on your table that much faster.
overhead view of elbow pasta with cheese, tomatoes and bacon in a grey bowl
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How to make bacon tomato pasta casserole

Pre-step

Get a medium sized casserole dish.

Step one

Fill a stockpot halfway with cooking water and salt it with 3 tablespoon of salt. Turn the heat on high until it comes to a boil.

Step two

Meanwhile, gather the ingredients – large elbow macaroni, uncured bacon, Velveeta cheese, and crushed tomatoes. (A)

Step three

Add cane sugar to the tomatoes and stir to combine. (B)

Left - elbow macaroni, bacon, cheese, tomatoes on a table. Right - tomato can opened with sugar in it

Step four

Heat a sauté pan or large skillet on medium heat and cook the bacon for 10 minutes, flipping every few minutes. Remove to a paper towel lined plate and blot the bacon grease off each piece.

Step five

Cut the Velveeta cheese in slices. (C)

Step six

Chop bacon to smallish pieces. (D) Transfer bacon to the sweetened tomatoes and stir to combine.

Left - cheese sliced on a board. Right - bacon chopped on a red cutting board

Step seven

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step eight

Add elbows to the boiling water and cook for 10 minutes. Transfer to a colander and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process.

Pasta drained in a colander

Step nine

Layer tomato mixture in the bottom of a casserole dish and add a few spoonfuls of elbows.  (E)

Step ten

Spoon some tomato/bacon mixture on the elbows. Be generous. (F)

Layers of pasta, tomato and cheese in a casserole dish

Step eleven

Place cheese slices on the sauce. (G)

Step twelve

Continue layering until you run out of pasta. It ends up being three or four layers. So, pasta, sauce, cheese. Repeat.  (H)

Step thirteen

Pour in some milk until you can see it reach halfway up the side of the casserole dish. (I)

Step fourteen

Cover the casserole dish and bake for 30 minutes. Once the timer dings, take the cover off and continue to bake for another 30 minutes.

A casserole dish with cheese melted on pasta with a salad in the back

Look at all that cheese. I love the crispy bits.

Now, it’s time to spoon the bacon tomato casserole out and serve it to my adoring fan: Christopher. 🙂

A big spoonful of pasta casserole held over the casserole dish

Yum.

Close up of the tomato pasta in the grey bowl

So delicious.

Overhead view of the bowl of cheesy pasta with a fork and casserole dish in the back

I hope you enjoy making this bacon tomato pasta recipe as much as we enjoy EATING it.

What is your favorite casserole?  Leave me a comment as I’d love to know.

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Bacon Tomato Pasta Casserole

My grandmother's bacon tomato pasta casserole recipe is an indulgently gooey take on mac and cheese. Add bacon and tomato sauce and you get the best comfort meal ever.
5 from 15 votes
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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: bacon casserole, bacon mac and cheese, bacon tomato pasta
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 405kcal

Ingredients

  • 2/3 pound elbow macaroni
  • salt (for water)
  • 28 ounces crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon sugar (heaping – my family loves 2 tablespoons – but I only put in 1)
  • 10 slices bacon (sautéed and chopped)
  • 1 pound Velveeta cheese (sliced and tear as you layer it in)
  • 1 cup almond milk (or any milk – this is approximate – after finishing the layering of the other ingredients, you will pour it halfway up the casserole dish)

Instructions

  • Fill a large sauce pan 3/4 with water, add salt and bring it to a boil.
    salt
  • Sauté bacon until crispy (around 10 minutes) remove from pan, blot with paper towel to remove grease and cut in chunks.
    10 slices bacon
  • Open can of tomatoes and add sugar and bacon and stir to combine. You may have to transfer it to a mixing bowl to fit all the bacon. I just keep it in the can.
    28 ounces crushed tomatoes, 1 tablespoon sugar
  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • The water should have come to a boil. Add elbows and cook for 10 minutes. It's okay for it to be al dente. Drain and run cold water over them to stop from cooking further.
    2/3 pound elbow macaroni
  • Put a layer of tomato sauce on bottom of medium casserole dish.
  • Add a layer of elbows and ladle some tomato sauce over them. Be generous.
  • Tear the cheese into smaller pieces and place on top of sauce layer.
    1 pound Velveeta cheese
  • Repeat layering, you will have at least 4 layers ending with cheese.
  • Pour milk in until you can see it 1/2 way up the casserole dish.
    1 cup almond milk
  • Bake covered for 30 minutes
  • Uncover and bake for additional 30 minutes.
  • Serve
  • Smile
  • Enjoy
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Notes

The milk measurements are approximate.  You want to pour in enough to reach halfway up the casserole dish.
Helpful tips
  • I love Velveeta cheese in this pasta dish but if you prefer, you can make this with American cheese, sharp cheddar, muenster, or gruyere cheese.
  • Use as much or little cheese as you like. My philosophy for this comfort casserole is more is better.
  • Don’t like elbow macaroni? You can use penne, ziti, or any other noodle in this easy pasta dish.
  • You will be cooking the pasta as you fry the bacon, that way this dish will be on your table that much faster.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 405kcal | Carbohydrates: 59g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 56mg | Sodium: 1623mg | Potassium: 849mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 1060IU | Vitamin C: 12.2mg | Calcium: 504mg | Iron: 2.6mg
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56 Comments

  1. Yum! Pasta, bacon, and cheese… all things I love. And I adore that it’s a family recipe, those are the best! Pinning for later!

  2. Aw your grandmother has such a cute name! Personally I’m all for 2100 when we have robots cleaning up the dishes 😉 Great recipe idea thanks!

  3. Haha, it’s interesting to think about what cooking would be like in the year 2100! Great comfort food pasta dish!

  4. What a winner Elaine…this is the kind of thing I could eat for every meal of the day, starting right now, for breakfast 🙂

  5. This is a real winter warmer dish, so easy to make and ideal for a mid-week supper. Pasta dishes are so good, and this is a great take on a classic recipe.

  6. This looks and sounds super delicious and flavorful! Perfect dish for a weekend brunch! Going to try this soon 🙂 yum

  7. This is the perfect comfort food. We are pasta lovers in our house. This is perfect any night of the week. I would make a huge batch so that we could have leftovers in the week too. AND…bacon makes everything better!!

  8. What a fantastic recipe with family history attached to it! Your step-by-step photos are so helpful! My other half loves anything with bacon and cheese, so this will definitely be making into our menu! And I’m with you on the crispy bits- I LOVE THEM ALL!

    1. Hehe. Thanks, Anna! We’re kindred spirits! I hope you enjoy it when you make it. It’s creamier and cheesier than it looks!

  9. Oh my gosh… you had me at these mouth-watering photos but then I saw there was bacon, tomato and cheese inside and now I have to have it!! YUM

  10. I love old family recipes that are passed down through the generations! What a delicious meal and a great memory 🙂

  11. You’re right!! The dishes that are our favorites and past down generation to generation are not always the most nutritious but they are might tasty!! And I have to chuckle — I have the same casserole dish as you! I’ve had it since I got married many years ago. I like the addition of bacon to the tomato mac and cheese. A great main dish that is delicious and satisfying.

  12. I have a list of family and friends who will just drool over this one. So crazy simple and all the right flavors! Yum!

  13. Pasta is such a great, busy weeknight option and I bet bacon really takes it to the next level! We’ll definitely have to give this a try.

  14. This recipe is a keeper! Soul warming, delicious and filling. You are so lucky to have your Grandma’s recipe.

  15. I looooove flavour packed dishes and this pasta is just that. Pasta is great and with bacon it’s simply has be taste amazing. Love it

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