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!!

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

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.

How to MakeItalian Baked Mac and Cheese Recipe | #macandcheese #pasta #delallo

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.

Italian Baked Macaroni and Cheese Recipe | #macandcheese #pasta #delallo

Italian Homemade Baked Mac and Cheese Recipe

Prep Time:10 minutes

Cook Time:40 minutes

5 / 5 (3 Reviews)
Did you make this recipe?   Leave a review »


  • 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.
All images and text ©

Making this recipe? Why not take a quick shot and share it on Instagram! Make sure to tag it #ASpicyPerspective so we can see what you're cooking!


More Homemade Baked Mac and Cheese Recipes

Crab and Gnocchi Mac and Cheese

Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese

Potato Skins Mac and Cheese

Sweet Corn and Bacon Mac and Cheese – Iowa Girl Eats

Caprese Mac and Cheese – Classy Cooking

Spinach Mac and Cheese – Recipe Girl

Share This Recipe With Friends!

Other Great Recipes

You May Also Like...

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

53 comments on “Italian-Style Mac & Cheese

  1. Pingback: Italian Baked Mac and Cheese | Food Ramblings

  2. Pingback: Best Pasta Recipes on the Net (August 2013 Edition) | The Food Explorer

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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!

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

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

  7. 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! :)

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

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

  9. 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.

  10. 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!

  11. 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!!

  12. 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!

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

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

  14. Pingback: Italian-Style Mac and Cheese Recipe | Things To Do Yourself - DIY

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

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

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

    dying for a serving of this right this very minute!

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

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

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

    This has to be made soon, I love it!

  19. 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!

  20. 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!

  21. 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!

  22. 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!

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

    Pure comfort, love the bread crumb topping!

  24. 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!

  25. 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.

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

    Love a simple baked pasta dinner!

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

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

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

    So comforting and easy, esp for a weeknight meal!

  29. 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!

  30. 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.

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

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

  32. 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!

  33. 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.

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

    Couuuuunt. Meeeee. Innnnn.

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

    Total comfort food…LOVE!

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

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

  37. 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!

  38. [email protected]posted August 12, 2013 at 8:03 am Reply

    yes, yes, yes please!!

  39. 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.

  40. 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!

  41. 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.

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

    I want this for lunch! And dinner!

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

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

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

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

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

    love this idea. On my list

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

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

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

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

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

    Sommer, looks so, so amazing!

  49. 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!

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

    What a tasty mac and cheese!

    Rating: 5
  51. 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!!

    Rating: 5
  52. 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.

    Rating: 5