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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.

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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.

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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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Italian Homemade Baked Mac and Cheese Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes


  • 1 lb. Delallo Organic Whole Wheat Pasta (I used Penne)
  • 3 Tb. butter
  • 1 Tb. flour
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 cups California milk
  • 4 oz. California cream cheese
  • 6 cups shredded California Italian cheeses (provolone, mozzarella, asiago...)
  • 1 cup pitted olives
  • 4 oz. salami, cut into thin strips
  • 4 oz. pepperoni, cut into thin strips
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil, roughly chopped
  • 3/4 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup California shredded parmesan cheese
  • 2 Tb. olive oil
  • Parsley for garnish


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Cook the penne in a large pot of salted water, according to package instructions. Drain and set aside in a colander.
  2. Using the same pot, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Once melted whisk in the flour and cook the roux (butter-flour mixture) for 1 minute. Then add the garlic and whisk in the milk and 4 oz cream cheese. Bring to a simmer and whisk until the mixture is thick and smooth.
  3. Add the shredded cheese and whisk until smooth. Pour the cooked pasta, olives, sliced meat and basil. Stir to coat.
  4. Pour the macaroni into a 10X10 inch baking dish and sprinkle the top with panko bread crumbs and parmesan cheese. Drizzle with olive oil. *For creamy baked mac and cheese, place the baked mac and cheese in the oven under the broiler for 2-3 minutes, watch carefully. You want the top to toast, but not burn. **For more a traditional "firm" baked mac and cheese recipe, bake for 20 minutes until the tops are golden.
  5. Once out of the oven, sprinkle the chopped parsley and serve warm.

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53 Responses to “Italian-Style Mac & Cheese”

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

    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

    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

    Sommer, looks so, so amazing!


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

    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

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


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

    What a tasty mac and cheese!


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

    love this idea. On my list


  8. Amandaposted August 12, 2013 at 7:10 am

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


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

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


  10. Mariaposted August 12, 2013 at 7:15 am

    I want this for lunch! And dinner!


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

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


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

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


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

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


  14. steph@stephsbitebybiteposted August 12, 2013 at 8:03 am

    yes, yes, yes please!!


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

    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

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


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

    Total comfort food…LOVE!


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

    Couuuuunt. Meeeee. Innnnn.


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


  23. naomiposted August 12, 2013 at 11:30 am

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


  24. Angieposted August 12, 2013 at 12:03 pm

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


  25. Coletteposted August 12, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    So comforting and easy, esp for a weeknight meal!


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

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


  27. Aimeeposted August 12, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    Love a simple baked pasta dinner!


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

    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.


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

    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!


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

    Pure comfort, love the bread crumb topping!


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

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


  32. Tahnycooksposted August 13, 2013 at 5:56 am

    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!


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

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


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

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


  35. Amandaposted August 13, 2013 at 10:59 am

    This has to be made soon, I love it!


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

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


  37. Gabyposted August 13, 2013 at 11:55 am

    dying for a serving of this right this very minute!


  38. Aggieposted August 13, 2013 at 2:54 pm

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


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  40. Juliaposted August 13, 2013 at 8:10 pm

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


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

    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!


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

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


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

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


  44. Chrisposted August 18, 2013 at 7:57 am

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


  45. Carolynposted August 19, 2013 at 4:58 am

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


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

    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! :)


  47. Shainaposted August 19, 2013 at 4:59 pm

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


  48. Jeffposted August 21, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    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


    • Sommer — August 23rd, 2013 @ 5:09 am

      4 oz, Sorry Jeff I’ll correct that!


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

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


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

    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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