Classic comfort food, with an Italian twist! This Italian Style Mac And Cheese is loaded with cheesy, herbaceous flavor and takes under 30 minutes to make! Penne noodles are smothered in a luscious mozzarella cheese sauce, spiked with Italian seasoning and parmesan.
Cook Pasta: Cook the pasta in a large salted pot of boiling water according to package instructions, until al-dente. Drain, rinse with cold water and set aside.
Make Sauce: In a large saucepan or Dutch oven, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the flour and Italian seasoning and whisk. Cook for 2 minutes while whisking continuously.
Finish Sauce: Add the milk and whisk until it thickens. Stir in the cheeses and whisk until well combined and smooth.
Add Pasta: Add the penne to the pot and toss well making sure the pasta is fully covered in sauce.
Garnish & Serve: Garnish with red pepper flakes and serve.
Use different variations of cheese to make this recipe to your liking
Play around with seasonings and spices. Most people have different palates, so season to your liking!
Add chicken to the mac and cheese for extra protein.
Don't overcook your noodles! Cook to al dente so they don't become too soft and squishy.
Transfer your leftover Italian mac and cheese to an airtight container and keep in the fridge for 2-3 days.
This recipe is best enjoyed fresh, but you can absolutely freeze it for future dinners. It will last up to 6 months stored in an airtight container. Keep in mind after cooked pasta freezes and thaws, it will become a bit softer in texture.