Italian-Style Mac & Cheese

Homemade baked mac and cheese, Italian-style! This melty oozy baked mac and cheese recipe is loaded with Italian goodies. It’s così delizioso!!

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You can never have too many homemade baked mac and cheese recipes.

At least, I don’t think you can.

Italian Homemade Baked Mac and Cheese Recipe | #macandcheese #pasta #delallo

Mac and cheese is one of those dishes that makes any meal warm and inviting. A creamy mac and cheese makes a backyard picnic memorable and a week night meal an event.

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This one dish wonder, Italian-style homemade baked mac and cheese, is a personal favorite. Classic California-made italian cheeses, fresh basil, olives, salami, and pepperoni all nestled together in one glorious gooey pasta.

I used Delallo Organic Whole Wheat Penne, because I love that the cheesy goodness collects in the penne tubes. I also love the hearty texture on whole wheat pasta and feel it holds its ground against all the prominent Italian flavors in this dish.

Italian Homemade Baked Mac and Cheese | #macandcheese #pasta #delallo

This is a baked mac and cheese recipe you can serve with an earthy glass of wine and a fresh green salad.

Simple rustic flavors that leave a lasting impression.

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53 comments on “Italian-Style Mac & Cheese

  1. Tieghanposted August 12, 2013 at 6:10 am Reply

    I agree, you can never have to many mac and cheese recipes! I am making a new one today, but this is next on my list since Italian is my favorite! Love this, Sommer!

  2. Cookbook Queenposted August 12, 2013 at 6:32 am Reply

    This has GOT to be the most beautiful mac and cheese ever!! I agree — never too many mac and cheese recipes. Not possible.

  3. Marian (Sweetopia)posted August 12, 2013 at 6:43 am Reply

    Sommer, looks so, so amazing!

  4. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabblesposted August 12, 2013 at 6:53 am Reply

    Mmmmmm…I’m loving this version with all the Italian goodies. And a panko crust always sends mac and cheese over the top. Yum!!

  5. Rachel @ Baked by Rachelposted August 12, 2013 at 6:55 am Reply

    I could seriously live off of mac n cheese! So perfect.

  6. Kevin @ Closet Cookingposted August 12, 2013 at 7:04 am Reply

    What a tasty mac and cheese!

  7. Russell at Chasing Deliciousposted August 12, 2013 at 9:06 am Reply

    Yep. I could probably eat that entire casserole. Yum!

  8. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.alposted August 12, 2013 at 7:09 am Reply

    love this idea. On my list

  9. Amandaposted August 12, 2013 at 7:10 am Reply

    I am so looking forward to making this recipe… I love your variations!

  10. Julie @ Table for Twoposted August 12, 2013 at 7:15 am Reply

    mmm i love mac and cheese!! this is the perfect weeknight dinner!

  11. Mariaposted August 12, 2013 at 7:15 am Reply

    I want this for lunch! And dinner!

  12. Cookin Canuckposted August 12, 2013 at 7:19 am Reply

    Now this is the kind of mac ‘n cheese I could happily dig into! Great recipe, Sommer.

  13. Jeanetteposted August 12, 2013 at 7:58 am Reply

    I agree, you can never have too many mac and cheese recipes. This is a fun one!

  14. Rachel Cooksposted August 12, 2013 at 7:58 am Reply

    This looks fantastic! Pinning to my mac and cheese board. ;) Love that you used whole wheat pasta.

  15. Jennie @themessybakerblogposted August 12, 2013 at 8:04 am Reply

    Wow, this mac and cheese looks bonkers delicious. I can’t wait to try it. Saved!

  16. DeLallo Foodsposted August 12, 2013 at 8:04 am Reply

    I wish I could have this for lunch today, Sommer! Looks absolutely delicious!

  17. marlaposted August 12, 2013 at 8:07 am Reply

    Total comfort food…LOVE!

  18. Bev @ Bev Cooksposted August 12, 2013 at 8:20 am Reply

    Couuuuunt. Meeeee. Innnnn.

  19. Stephanie @ Girl Versus Doughposted August 12, 2013 at 9:23 am Reply

    I am drooling everywhere just thinking about a big bowl of this served with a glass of wine and a green salad. SO YUM.

  20. Heather Christoposted August 12, 2013 at 9:32 am Reply

    this looks amazing! I am putting it on the roster for back to school meals!

  21. Jill @ Inspirations Fine Cateringposted August 12, 2013 at 12:17 pm Reply

    This looks absolutely delicious… i can’t wait to try it!!!

  22. naomiposted August 12, 2013 at 11:30 am Reply

    There can never be enough mac and cheese recipes. I love the italian twist on it.

  23. Angieposted August 12, 2013 at 12:03 pm Reply

    What a fun idea for macaroni and cheese! I love the combination of cheeses and fresh herbs, yummy!

  24. Coletteposted August 12, 2013 at 12:06 pm Reply

    So comforting and easy, esp for a weeknight meal!

  25. Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountainposted August 12, 2013 at 12:13 pm Reply

    I am smitten with this flavor combo! Pass me a fork!

  26. Aimeeposted August 12, 2013 at 12:20 pm Reply

    Love a simple baked pasta dinner!

  27. Ash-foodfashionpartyposted August 12, 2013 at 1:40 pm Reply

    Just the color itself is beautiful. I am not big on mac and cheese but this one I can’t wait to try. Thanks for the beautiful recipe.

  28. Katrina Vegaposted August 12, 2013 at 3:05 pm Reply

    Seriously, mac & cheese is my guilty pleasure! I love it and usually eat it all by myself. I can’t wait to try this variation with all the Italian goodness! Pinning!

  29. Laura (Tutti Dolci)posted August 12, 2013 at 5:01 pm Reply

    Pure comfort, love the bread crumb topping!

  30. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchenposted August 12, 2013 at 7:19 pm Reply

    I could eat mac and cheese every day, literally! Love this Italian twist, looks fantastic!

  31. Tahnycooksposted August 13, 2013 at 5:56 am Reply

    My husband just asked me to make him homemade Mac & Cheese for him this week! This scrumptious recipe is perfect timing!!! I love that you used penne, too!

  32. ashley - Baker by Natureposted August 13, 2013 at 6:50 am Reply

    LOVE Italian mac and cheese! Your version is a little different than ours, so I obviously need to try it right-away!

  33. Gerry @ foodness graciousposted August 13, 2013 at 10:48 am Reply

    Comfort food, mmmm. Love my Mac n cheese!!! Great flavors and whole wheat pasta is a bonus!

  34. Amandaposted August 13, 2013 at 10:59 am Reply

    This has to be made soon, I love it!

  35. Ali | Gimme Some Ovenposted August 13, 2013 at 11:37 am Reply

    Looks great! This sounds “molto perfetto” to me!

  36. Gabyposted August 13, 2013 at 11:55 am Reply

    dying for a serving of this right this very minute!

  37. Aggieposted August 13, 2013 at 2:54 pm Reply

    What a delicious twist on mac and cheese! I want this for dinner Sommer!

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  39. Juliaposted August 13, 2013 at 8:10 pm Reply

    I love mac and cheese and trying new variations. This looks awesome!

  40. Brian @ A Thought For Foodposted August 14, 2013 at 5:21 am Reply

    I haven’t done mac and cheese in a while… but this one looks so freakin good! Just need to invite some dinner guests over to help me eat it!

  41. Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pigposted August 14, 2013 at 9:35 am Reply

    What day did you say you were bringing this over, I want to make sure I have the wine chilled!!

  42. Shelly (Cookies and Cups)posted August 15, 2013 at 4:28 pm Reply

    Homemade mac and cheese is always a zillion times better than any box brand. Pinned!

  43. Chrisposted August 18, 2013 at 7:57 am Reply

    I suspect this would be excellent leftovers…even for breakfast. Like right now. Dang I’m hungry.

  44. Carolynposted August 19, 2013 at 4:58 am Reply

    That ain’t your mama’s mac n cheese! Looks amazing!

  45. Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girlposted August 19, 2013 at 8:56 am Reply

    I love mac and cheese dearly. It’s one of my true loves in my life. So I’m always looking for new ways to extra love it, thank you! :)

  46. Shainaposted August 19, 2013 at 4:59 pm Reply

    What a gorgeous take on macaroni and cheese. Love this version.

  47. Jeffposted August 21, 2013 at 9:33 pm Reply

    Do you use 4oz of cream cheese? Or 8? In the ingredients list it says 4, however in the directions it says to add 8oz cream cheese

    • Sommerposted August 23, 2013 at 5:09 am Reply

      4 oz, Sorry Jeff I’ll correct that!

  48. Nutmeg Nannyposted August 23, 2013 at 6:33 pm Reply

    Oh yes! This looks incredible, my husband will seriously love this twist on the plain old mac&cheese

  49. Juliaposted September 5, 2013 at 9:49 pm Reply

    You’re right; one can never have too many homemade, baked mac and cheese recipes! What a beautiful and delicious dish. It looks amazing. The shredded cheese and breadcrumbs seem to create the most wonderful crust.

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