Italian Mac & Cheese

Italian Mac & Cheese
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Here is mac and cheese with a twist; we’ve added Italian flavors.
30 min
Prep Time
55 min
Total Time
6 servings

Ingredients

8 ounces (2 cups)
uncooked penne pasta
5 tablespoons
Land O Lakes® Butter
1 medium (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 cups
Land O Lakes® Half & Half
2 teaspoons
dried Italian seasoning*
8 ounce slice
Land O Lakes® Provolone Cheese, cubed 1/2 inch
1/4 cup
Italian-style breadcrumbs
 
*Substitute 1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves, 1/2 teaspoon dried basil leaves and 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves.

Directions

  1. 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.
  2. Meanwhile, 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.
  3. 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 breadcrumbs are browned.

Recipe Tips

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
Cholesterol
75mg
Carbohydrates
44g
Protein
19g
Fat
28g
Sodium
690mg
Dietary Fiber
2g

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