Italian Mac & Cheese

Italian Mac & Cheese

Here is mac and cheese with a twist; we’ve added Italian flavors.

30 min. prep time
6 servings
000 Ratings


2 cups uncooked penne pasta
5 tablespoons Land O Lakes® Butter
1 small (1/2 cup) onion, chopped
2 small zucchini, halved lengthwise, cut into 1/2-inch chunks
3/4 cup sliced roasted red peppers, well drained
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon garlic salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 teaspoons dried Italian seasoning*
8 ounce slice Land O Lakes® Deli Provolone Cheese, cubed 1/2 inch
1/4 cup Italian-style bread crumbs


Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 3-quart baking dish with no-stick cooking spray; set aside.

Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain; keep warm.

Melt 4 tablespoons butter in 2-quart heavy saucepan over medium heat until sizzling; add onion. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2-3 minutes or until onion starts to soften. Add zucchini and roasted red peppers; cook 2 minutes. Stir in flour, garlic salt and pepper; continue cooking 1 minute. Gradually stir in half & half and Italian seasoning. Bring to a boil; boil 1 minute.

Reduce heat to medium; add cheese. Cook 1-2 minutes or until cheese is melted. Pour mixture over pasta; mix well. Spoon pasta mixture into prepared baking dish.

Melt remaining 1 tablespoon butter in 1-quart saucepan. Add breadcrumbs; stir until combined. Sprinkle over pasta mixture. Bake 15-20 minutes or until hot and bubbly and bread crumbs are browned.


*Substitute 1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves, 1/2 teaspoon dried basil leaves and 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves.

Recipe Tip

Stir 1/2 pound cooked chicken or Italian sausage into pasta mixture. Bake at 350°F, 20-25 minutes or until hot and bubbly.

Nutrition Facts (1 serving)

Calories: 500

Fat: 28g

Cholesterol: 75mg

Sodium: 690mg

Carbohydrates: 44g

Dietary Fiber: 2g

Protein: 19g

Recipe #14557©2011Land O'Lakes, Inc.

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