If you’re like most people that I’ve met, you’ve never heard of macaroni and tomato juice, let alone tried it. I pity you.
My mom used to make macaroni and tomato juice for me when I was growing up. It was a favorite after-school meal. Her mom made it for her, and today I make it multiple times per month for my own kids. It’s one of the very few meals I can make that each one of my kids will actually eat.
Macaroni and tomato juice is warm and filling – perfect for eating on a rainy afternoon or a cool evening. It’s also both cheap and easy to make, plus it’s delicious – what more could you want?
Ready to give it a shot? Here’s what you’ll need
- Macaroni. I prefer smaller pastas; elbow macaroni is my favorite. Pictured is here a penne pasta which works just fine.
- Tomato juice. I LOVE homemade tomato juice from the garden (pictured here), but my weird kids prefer the store bought stuff (also pictured here)
- Water. To boil the pasta
- Salt and Pepper. For taste.
- Using the portions I call out in the directions below, this will serve four and the cost breaks down to $0.72 per bowl.
- Fill a small sauce pan about 1/2 to 3/4 full with water and bring it to a rolling boil.
- Add the macaroni (about half of the box, so about 16 oz or so) to the boiling water, reduce heat to medium and cook for about 10 minutes, or until pasta is soft. Stir frequently so the pasta doesn’t stick to your pan.
- Drain the water and return macaroni to the pan
- Pour tomato juice into the pan until all pasta is covered
- Add about 1/3 cup of water to the pot (This step is optional. I add water to dilute the tomato juice a bit)
- Return the macaroni and tomato juice to the stove and heat till the tomato juice is warm to your liking
- Serve and enjoy!
And that’s it! A good meal that’s cheap to buy, easy to make, and good to eat! What are you waiting for?
- Pepper is very good with this meal! But tomato juice is naturally salty, so go easy when salting.
- My dad likes to make his macaroni and tomato juice a bit more hearty by adding diced onions and ground beef; not my thing, but it’s an option.
- Macaroni and tomato juice doesn’t store well, so only make what you’re going to eat.
I used to call macaroni and tomato juice my ‘poor food’ – but no matter how much money I have, I’ll always make this meal! Would you give it a shot? Have you ever heard of macaroni and tomato juice?? Please leave a comment and let me know, or share this post on Facebook or Twitter by clicking one of the icons below. Also, If you like what you’re reading you can leave your email address right here and get new posts delivered to your inbox. Thanks for reading!