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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

Ingredients

  • 4 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup King Arthur Unbleached 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

Directions

  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

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

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Reviewed Apr. 16, 2014

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

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Reviewed Mar. 31, 2014

I would use stewed tomatoes instead of plain tomatoes.

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Reviewed Mar. 28, 2014

It was a great meal!

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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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Reviewed Mar. 12, 2014

This dish was easy to put together and tasted amazing! Did make a few tweaks though, instead of tomatoes I used green chilies and also added bacon, my husband went back 3 times for more!

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