Italian Style Mac and Cheese

This Italian Style Mac & Cheese comes with a kick thanks to the spicy Italian sausage. You can dial it down by using a less spicy sausage.

italian style mac cheese

I love a good Mac and Cheese. This gourmet Italian Style Mac and Cheese recipe is super easy to make.

italian sausage in skillet

Unlike some of the other Mac & Cheese recipes I have posted like my Bacon Jalapeño Mac & Cheese, Blue Cheese Bacon Mac & Cheese or Kim Kardashian’s Mac & Cheese, this one is quick to make and does not require any baking time.

sausage and cheese sauce

I decided to make this recipe with tri-color penne pasta but you can easily substitute it for your favorite pasta noodles.

Don’t like spicy sausage? Try a milder sausage, ground turkey, ground beef or even chicken!

If your local grocery store doesn’t carry Italian Blend Cheese you can always substitute for another good white melting cheese.

italian style mac cheese

When making Mac and Cheese, it’s important to cook the pasta al dente to ensure the best texture possible.

If you are not familiar with the term “al dente”, it means cooking the pasta so it’s still chewy and form and that it will hold its shape when the sauce is added to it.

italian style mac cheese

You will need the following ingredients to make this Italian Style Mac & Cheese recipe (see recipe card for quantities): Unsalted Butter, All Purpose Flour, Milk, Penne Pasta, Italian Blend Cheese, Parmesan Cheese, Italian Seasoning and Italian Sausage.

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
  2. Cook the pasta al dente according to the directions on the package. Drain pasta and set aside.
  3. While the pasta is cooking, melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
  4. Add the flour and Italian seasoning and whisk for about 2 minutes.
  5. Add the milk and continue to whisk occasionally, allowing the mixture to thicken. Add both cheeses and whisk until fully combined.
  6. Fold in the cooked ground Italian sausage into the cheese mixture.
  7. Pour the cheese mixture over the strained pasta and stir to combine. The sauce will thicken as it sits.

Printable Recipe Card

italian style mac cheese

Italian Style Mac and Cheese

This Italian Style Mac & Cheese comes with a kick thanks to the spicy Italian sausage. You can dial it down by using a less spicy sausage.
4.75 from 4 votes
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 822 kcal

Equipment

  • Large Pot
  • Saucepan

Ingredients
 

  • 1 lb Pasta, your choice
  • 4 Tbsp Unsalted Butter
  • ¼ Cup All Purpose Flour
  • 1 Tbsp Italian Seasoning
  • 2 Cups Milk
  • 8 oz Italian Blend Cheese, shredded
  • Cup Parmesan Cheese, grated
  • 1 lb Italian Sausage, cooked & ground

Instructions
 

  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
  • Cook the pasta al dente according to the directions on the package. Drain pasta and set aside.
  • While the pasta is cooking, melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
  • Add the flour and Italian seasoning and whisk for about 2 minutes.
  • Add the milk and continue to whisk occasionally, allowing the mixture to thicken. Add both cheeses and whisk until fully combined.
  • Fold in the cooked ground italian sausage into the cheese mixture.
  • Pour the cheese mixture over the strained pasta and stir to combine. Sauce will thicken as it sits.

Nutrition

Calories: 822kcalCarbohydrates: 67gProtein: 35gFat: 46gSaturated Fat: 17gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 0.3gCholesterol: 99mgSodium: 750mgPotassium: 505mgFiber: 3gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 423IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 287mgIron: 2mg

Nutritional information provided for this recipe is based on 1 serving. This information is an estimate and may vary based on several factors. If nutritional information is important to you and your diet, please verify this recipe with a Registered Dietitian.

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One Comment

  1. Kristen says:

    This recipe is to die for. So delicious and was a great hit with the family. I used the tri-color pasta which did not alter the taste, but gave it a different look. Will add this recipe to my recipe box.

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