“Texas Style” Creamy Tomato Macaroni

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It is Football season, which means you know exactly what will be on my television every single Sunday. And Monday and Thursday nights too (just in case you are keeping track).

In case you didn’t know I live in Texas and Texans are VERY passionate about football, almost as passionate as they are about good food. I’ve teamed up with Skinner® Pasta to show you just exactly what being Texas proud means.

Football and Texas go together like pasta and marinara – Skinner® Pasta that is.

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Skinner pasta is the #1 Pasta in Texas. Why? Because us Texans LOVE the stuff. It tastes delicious and somehow always turns out perfectly. That’s saying something if you knew my many pasta mishaps over the years.

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Not to mention, Skinner pasta is something that is easy to make on hectic school nights yet super affordable. It’s this mother’s dream come true!

I love being able to whip up something that’s enriched, Non-GMO (for their most popular shapes), and can feed a WHOLE CROWD of screaming football fans in a snap. Plus with all of the different varieties of Skinner pasta, dinner doesn’t have to be boring, it can be fun! Like with Skinner Texas Shape pasta.

If you stop by my house for dinner, you will probably find “Texas Style” Creamy Tomato Macaroni on the menu and football on the television. Seriously, we can’t get enough of these two!

Are you getting hungry?

I know I am. Here’s a super easy and delicious pasta recipe that will slap a smile on your face and fill your belly and your hearts with Texas pride.

“Texas Style” Creamy Tomato Macaroni

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A simple pasta recipe that’s easy enough to make on a weeknight for the kids or can feed a whole crowd at a football party. The kids will LOVE the fun Texas shaped pasta!

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4.84 from 6 votes

“Texas Style” Creamy Tomato Macaroni


  • 12 oz. Skinner® Texas Shape Pasta
  • 1 cup Alfredo Sauce
  • 1 cup Marinara Sauce
  • 1/4 cup Fresh Basil; Hand Torn
  • Parmesan Cheese and Extra Basil for garnish, if desired


  1. Bring a large pot of heavily salted water to a boil.
  2. Meanwhile, over low heat, combine alfredo, marinara, and basil in a medium saucepan; stirring until well blended.
  3. Cook pasta a minute passed al dente according to package instructions.
  4. Drain the pasta, reserving 1/2-1 cup of the cooking water, and return pasta to pot.
  5. Toss the pasta with creamy tomato sauce and half of the reserved cooking water; let cook for a few minutes until ready. Add more reserved cooking water if necessary.
  6. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  7. Serve with parmesan cheese and extra basil, if desired.

If you love veggies or just have to have a protein, go ahead and add some! This recipe is totally versatile. Try it with other varieties of Skinner pasta too, like penne, fettuccine, or even classic spaghetti.

Be sure to visit skinnerpasta.com for a variety of Skinner pasta products and a slew of recipe ideas.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Skinner® pasta.

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  1. Love the shape of the pasta. Do they have other states?

    • They don’t have any other state shapes, as far as I know. However, it might be something you suggest to them!

  2. Claudia Krusch says:

    I love the shape of this pasta. It is sure to be a big hit in my house. I will have to pick up the ingredients I need and give this recipe a try on the weekend,

    • I’m glad you enjoy the pasta as much as I do. Let us know if you end up trying the recipe and how you like it!

  3. I love the texas shaped pasta! How fun! I also think it’s genius to combine alfredo sauce with marinara sauce, and I will definitely be trying this recipe out this week. It looks delicious!

    • Well, thank you for the genius status. 😉 Let us know if you enjoyed the recipe and thanks for stopping by!

  4. I love the Texas shaped pasta! Great for Super Bowl! I would love mine with some veggies.

  5. Texas shaped noodles. Get outta here. THis looks great.

  6. Melanie Walsh says:

    I am slightly jealous that I don’t have California shaped pasta. That Skinner pasta in your tomato macaroni sounds amazing.

  7. There is nothing like a great pasta dish. This looks like it would be so filling and yummy!

  8. This Texas-shaped looks too good to eat. I would love it if they made it in the shape of Missouri. I never thought of combining Alfredo and marinara sauces, but it sounds delicious!

    • I have a friend who lives in Missouri. She wanted the pasta to be shaped like her state as well. I’m hoping they think about adding more shapes!

  9. omg this looks so yummy! wish i could have this for lunch right now 🙂 delicious recipe!

  10. omg this looks SO good!! I definitely need to make this sometime this week!!

  11. theclutterboxblog says:

    I love the texas shaped pasta! Whoever made it was brilliant and now I want to see if I can find some for Wisconsin. Enjoy the football season!

    • Skinner Pasta only makes Texas shaped pasta. However, if you find any other shapes, feel free to let me know!

  12. I totally want California shaped pasta! Ah, but California isn’t as fun a shape as Texas. We’re more of just a sliver. This is so much fun! I’m sure kids go nuts for this!

    • I had to laugh at the “sliver” comment. I guess you’re right, it would look like a strange piece of pasta 😛

  13. KimberlyCruzLopez says:

    This looks creative and sounds delicious! I’m adding this to my list of things to try!

  14. This sounds like a very yummy and yet very easy dish. I like the idea of mixing the two sauces, and I bet the fresh basil totally makes the dish!

    • Fresh basil is so much better than the dried version. Definitely makes a difference! Glad you enjoyed it!

  15. Brenda Haire says:

    This Texas girl loves this!!! I know what I’m sending my cousin for Christmas! She lives in Spain and misses Texas!

  16. The Texas shaped pasta is so fun. Love it and the recipe. I love pasta dishes all year long, but especially in fall and winter when I want something filling and comforting.

  17. Oh my goodness! This Texas style macaroni sure looks good, maybe I’ll have to try some out for myself! Thanks for sharing!

  18. This looks so good. Texas Proud means people sticking together to weather and survive tough times.

    • That’s right! I couldn’t agree more! Definitely makes me proud to be a part of this wonderful state!

  19. Kathy Davis says:

    I am sure everyone has some pride in being from a certain state, but I feel Texas Proud refers to the hurricane.

  20. Those pastas are adorable and that dish looks delicious. My brother and family lives in Texas…I should send some of that cute pasta to my sister-in-law!

  21. Sherrie Cruson says:

    Love the shape of the pasta and I bet the macaroni taste yummy! I don’t think I’ve seen the Skinner brand at my local grocer though.

    • Sherrie Cruson says:

      I’m not from Texas but I think Texas proud means you love where you live, your local culture, and you all come together to help one another when misfortune or disaster hits. That’s my take on it anyway.

    • Yes, Texas proud can mean something different for each person. Yes, I love the pasta! You can check on their site to see if they sell in your area. 🙂

  22. I think being Texas proud is being proud of where you came from and what made you. You can easily be proud to be a Texan though.

  23. Sherrie Cruson says:

    Your creamy tomato macaroni looks delicious! As for me, I’d like to try Skinner Dumplings and Fideo Mediano pasta from Skinner.

  24. Crystal Rose says:

    I imagine being Texas proud means being proud of being from Texas. I’m from MN and I’m proud of my state as well.

  25. Sherrie Cruson says:

    Shared this yummy sounding recipe on Facebook 🙂

  26. For the Kindz contest, I am posting re what I think being Texas proud means. Okay, this is tough for me. I live in Ohio and have never set foot in Texas. I don’t have the slightest clue what being Texas proud means. I have a dear friend in Texas, but we haven’t talked about TX pride. My friend has mentioned chocolate gravy… and I don’t know where that originated; I still cannot fathom it. Texas-shaped pasta is adorable, but I’d like Ohio-shaped ones 🙂

    • I wish they made Ohio shaped pasta so you could get it! I honestly would love for them to make all the states into a pasta!

  27. That looks so yummy. Colorado pasta would just be a square.

  28. I love how easy this recipe is! And with the Superbowl this weekend, it’s perfect. I’ll have to forgo the Texas shapes, though.

    • It is a nice and quick recipe great for so many occasions. It’s okay about forgoing the Texas pasta, I’m partial to Kentucky as well. I went to middle school through college there 🙂

  29. Janice Dean says:

    This sounds good and a great idea for a quick meal!

  30. Yummmm this looks delicious! Love the little texas shaped pastas are seriously too cute.

  31. gloria patterson says:

    This is something I will be making. I love find stuff to fix that has the short cut of using jar/can products. I would never have guessed that you used Alfredo Sauce in it. Making my shopping list.

  32. I haven’t seen a combination of ingredients like this before. It sounds so good, I’d love to try it. It is cute to use the Texas-shaped macaroni!

  33. How cool is it to have Texas shaped pasta! Your recipe is pretty easy and I like that it uses items that I typically have on hand.

  34. How cute are these Texas shaped pastas!! I live in Texas so I am amazed that I have never seen these before! I will definitely be on the hunt now. 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing this delicious recipe!

  35. Tamra Phelps says:

    The Texas pasta is too cute! The recipe reminds me of one my Grandma made. It looks delicious.

  36. gloria patterson says:

    You sound just like my sister she is a die hard texas cowboy fan. Don’t think I will the state pasta but the rest looks like something I would enjoy making and eating

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