Fresh Tomato Mac n Cheese Pizza Pie

Tomato-Mac-n-Cheese-Pizza-011-Edit2 LARGE FRESH Florida tomatoes
1-1/2 cups elbow macaroni (uncooked)
6 tablespoons ketchup, divided
3 large eggs, lightly beaten
12 slices (8 ounces) American processed cheese, divided
1 hot dog, thinly sliced (about ΒΌ cup)

Preheat oven to 350F. Use tomatoes held at room temperature until fully ripe. Core and cut tomatoes into 1/4-inch thick slices; set aside. Cook macaroni in unsalted water according to package directions (makes about 5 cups); drain well. Lightly spray a 12-inch pizza pan with nonstick cooking spray.

In a large bowl combine macaroni with 4 tablespoons of the ketchup, the eggs and 8 slices of the cheese torn into small pieces. Spoon macaroni mixture onto prepared pizza pan, pressing down lightly to even out. Around outside edge, arrange overlapping tomato slices; brush remaining 2 tablespoons ketchup over tomatoes.

Cut 4 remaining cheese slices diagonally in halves; place partially over tomatoes. Arrange hot dog slices in center.

Bake until mixture is hot, about 20 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes before serving.

YIELD: 6 portions

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