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Mrs. Kostyra's Mac and Cheese


Martha was fond of her grandmother's unusual mac n' cheese, which included tomato soup and sour cream. In this version, Martha and her mom give it a more traditional spin.

  • Servings: 6


  • 1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small pieces, plus more for baking dish
  • 3 cups milk
  • 4 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt, plus more for water
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste
  • 3 cups grated white cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup grated Swiss cheese
  • 1 pound elbow macaroni
  • Sour cream, for serving


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Butter a 2 1/2-quart casserole dish; set aside.

  2. Warm the milk and tomato paste in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Whisk in the salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, cheddar cheese, and 1/2 cup Swiss cheese; set the cheese sauce aside.

  3. Cover a large pot of salted water, and bring to a boil. Cook until pasta is al dente, about 7 minutes. Drain well in a colander. Stir macaroni into reserved cheese sauce.

  4. Pour mixture into prepared dish. Top with remaining 1/2 cup Swiss cheese, and dot with butter. Bake until golden brown and bubbling, about 45 minutes. Serve hot with sour cream, if desired.

Reviews Add a comment

  • MS10632776
    28 SEP, 2013
    This Mac & cheese has become a family tradition not only for me but for my daughter in law. It is delicious and very easy to make. I recommend it highly! Thanks Martha
  • Vanilla_Bean
    17 JUL, 2012
    I thought this was just okay. (Although I made this for a family dinner and my brother was thrilled that I let him take home the leftovers- he loved it!). I found it to be a little dry, and probably could have used a bit more salt.
  • Maurilia
    27 MAR, 2008
    Tasty Mac
  • MS11292975
    27 DEC, 2007
    If it is "Big Martha's" recipe I'm trying it. Everything she made looked so delicious!!!! She will be missed!