Sharing a Meal: The Modest Macaroni

Sharing a Meal: Braised Chicken Tacos || Penne with Asparagus and Cherry Tomatoes (Spring) || Chicken Pot Pie || Baked Sweet & Sour Chicken or General Tso’s Chicken

Skill Level: Easy
Expense: Low
Cuisine: American
Special Equipment: None
Serves: 4-6


My grandmother and mom both instilled in me my loving for cooking. And they also were amazing at sharing a meal. At my home, there was always room at the table for a guest if one of us kids were to bring someone home. Also, my grandmother had eight children and all of them lived close by. They would often drop by to share breakfast with her and the entire family would frequently visit her home for special occasions and holidays. She was a wizard in the kitchen.

One of the meals that my grandma passed on to my mother who passed it along to my family is what I call the modest macaroni. It’s so simple and easy. And it’s affordable. My wife I figured out that we spent $7 total to make this meal. It includes three ingredients: macaroni, tomato sauce, & cheddar cheese.


2 cups of macaroni noodles
20 oz. tomato sauce from the can (not spaghetti sauce)
8 oz of cheddar cheese (shredded)

Cooking Instructions

     Step 1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
     Step 2. Fill a saucepan with water and generously add salt to water. Put on high heat and bring to a boil.
     Step 3. Add noodles and cook until almost al dente. Roughly 5-7 minutes. The macaroni should have a little rawness because you will bake in the oven for 20 minutes.
     Step 4. Once the macaroni is done, it should be strained while reserving 1/4 cup of the cooking liquid.
     Step 5. Add the cooking liquid, tomato sauce, macaroni, and 2 oz. of the cheddar cheese. Stir all the ingredients together.
     Step 6. Pour the mixture into a baking pan (8”x11” or larger if you’re doubling the recipe for a larger crowd). Cover with the remaining cheese.
     Step 7. Place baking pan into the oven and let cook for 20 minutes or until the cheese is melted.

So I will bless you as long as I live;
in your name I will lift up my hands.
My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food,
and my mouth will praise you with joyful lips,
when I remember you upon my bed,
and meditate on you in the watches of the night;
for you have been my help,
and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy.
Psalms 63:4-7

Mathew Sims is an average Joe who works a 9 to 5 and blogs on the side. He is an editor and writer for Grace for Sinners. He lives in Simpsonville, SC and loves spending time with  his two daughters, Claire and Maddy, and wife of seven years, LeAnn. He has a BA in English/Creative Writing and attended Geneva Reformed Seminary for two years completing nearly 40 hours hours of an Mdiv program. He and his family serve and are members at Grace Church. He loves reading, writing, the outdoors, music, cooking, and is an Apple fan boy. You can find him on twitter @GraceforSinners and Facebook. Please email me with any questions or comment below.