Italian Mac & Cheese

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Dinner Pasta 15-30 min 6


Italian Mac & Cheese


Add some Italian flair to your mac and cheese with this simple recipe.


  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 2 Tbsp. flour
  • 2-1/2 cups milk
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes or black pepper
  • 2 cups (8-oz.) Sargento® Bistro® Blends Shredded Italian Pasta Cheese, divided
  • 8-oz. multi-grain elbow macaroni, cooked and drained
  • 1 cup Italian or sourdough fresh breadcrumbs*
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil


Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add flour; cook and stir 1 minute. Add milk, salt and pepper flakes. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Reduce heat; simmer 2 minutes or until sauce thickens. Stir in 1-1/2 cups cheese until melted. Stir in cooked macaroni; immediately transfer mixture to a greased or sprayed 8 or 9-inch baking dish.

Toss breadcrumbs with oil and remaining cheese; sprinkle over mac and cheese mixture. Bake in a preheated 375°F oven 20 to 25 minutes or until heated through and topping is golden brown.

* For fresh breadcrumbs, process torn bread in a food processor.

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