Italian Three-Cheese Macaroni Recipe
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Italian Three-Cheese Macaroni Recipe

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My husband is a self-proclaimed mac-and-cheese connoisseur and says that this is his favorite version. The Italian seasoning and tomatoes really complement the pasta and cheeses. —Adriane Mummert, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 50 min.
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 50 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 4 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 cups 2% milk
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 0 calories, 0g fat (0g saturated fat), 0mg cholesterol, 0mg sodium, 0g carbohydrate (0g sugars, 0g fiber), 0g protein


  1. Cook macaroni according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350°. In a small saucepan, melt butter. Stir in flour, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper until smooth; gradually add milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat; stir in cheddar and Parmesan cheeses until melted. Drain macaroni.
  3. Spread 1 cup cheese sauce in a greased 13x9-in. baking pan. Layer with half of macaroni, tomatoes and cheese sauce. Repeat layers. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Combine bread crumbs and butter; sprinkle over top.
  4. Cover and bake 40 minutes. Uncover and bake 10-15 minutes longer or until golden brown and bubbly. Let stand 5 minutes before serving. Yield: 12 servings (1 cup each).
Originally published as Italian Three-Cheese Macaroni in Taste of Home Christmas Annual Annual 2013, p106

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.

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Reviewed Apr. 28, 2014

"Per the other reviewers' tips, I added 3/4 teaspoon of garlic powder to the cheese sauce, drained the tomatoes & sprinkled more Italian seasoning over the first layer in a sprayed crockpot. Skipped the bread crumbs. Everyone enjoyed it immensely at our fellowship buffet. Thumbs up!"

Reviewed Apr. 16, 2014

"This is fantastic! I changed nothing, except added chicken. Everyone loved it!"

Reviewed Mar. 31, 2014

"I would use stewed tomatoes instead of plain tomatoes."

Reviewed Mar. 28, 2014

"It was a great meal!"

Reviewed Mar. 13, 2014

"This recipe was very simple to make, and uses ingredients that I always have on hand. I used penne pasta instead of the elbows, I used less mozzarella cheese on top, and sprinkled the breadcrumbs then did a quick spray of nonstick on top. My fiance and I agreed that it was lacking something. If I make it again, I would add more mozzarella cheese on top, maybe use seasoned breadcrumbs, and either add garlic or use diced tomatoes that have a flavor to them. Other than the lack of "something," this recipe was very good. Since it is just the two of us, I decreased it and made it in an 8x8 pan."

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