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Italian Three-Cheese Macaroni

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 (1 cup each)

Ingredients

  • 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 shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted

Directions

  • Cook macaroni according to package directions.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Cover and bake 40 minutes. Uncover and bake 10-15 minutes longer or until golden brown and bubbly. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 402 calories, 23g fat (13g saturated fat), 66mg cholesterol, 763mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 2g fiber), 17g protein.
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  • Rabid_Monkey202
    Jul 26, 2017

    Definitely unique. My 6-year-old loves it. It's pretty mild, which I like. Even my husband likes it.

  • mother of 3
    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!

  • terricat1
    Apr 16, 2014

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

  • countrygirl4
    Mar 31, 2014

    I would use stewed tomatoes instead of plain tomatoes.

  • Spoon1
    Mar 28, 2014

    It was a great meal!

  • meliss.beyer
    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.

  • madizen4
    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!

  • LeslieH
    Mar 12, 2014

    Made this for my sister and mom over the holidays this past Christmas. Easy to make and very creamy. Spices and tomatoes give it a different flavour to traditional mac and cheese, but still tastes great. A nice change to try once in a while.