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Italian Mac and Cheese

Blossom Lady
Jan 15, 2022 06:45 AM
Italian Mac and Cheese

This Italian Mac and Cheese recipe combines two of food’s greatest gifts—pizza and macaroni and cheese—into a single casserole of melty, gooey delight.With three different kinds of cheese and any of your favorite pizza toppings, this Italian mac is a shoo-in instant family favorite.

It will be welcomed with equal enthusiasm from both the kids and adults dining at your table.

It’s also proof that kid-approved recipes don’t have to be bland, deep-fried, or served with a side of ketchup. If you’re not a fan of pepperoni, try making Italian mac and cheese with sausage by stirring in 1/2 pound of cooked ground Italian sausage. Choose a chicken or turkey Italian sausage to cut fat and calories. Cooked ground beef can be used too but I go with the lower fat options!


  • 12 ounces whole wheat pasta noodles (such as rigatoni or penne)
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion diced
  • 1 green bell pepper diced
  • 1 red bell pepper diced
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (14 ounces) drained
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 cups non-fat milk
  • 1/4 cup half and half
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated fontina cheese
  • 3 ounces turkey pepperoni slices (about 50 slices)
  • 1/4 cup pitted black olives chopped
  • 1/3 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
Prep Time:
15 minutes
Cook Time:
45 minutes
Total Time:
60 minutes
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