Start by melting 4 tablespoons of butter over medium heat in a cast iron pot…

Why cast iron? We are going to bake this dish for a bit at the end, but if you don’t have a oven proof pot don’t worry! There is also a no bake option for this mac & cheese!

In your melted butter sauté 1 chopped onion…

And two cloves of minced garlic for a few minutes.

Smells good already! Now brown 1 pound of sweet Italian sausage (spicy sausage would be great too!)… And 1 medium sized zucchini, shredded. You know me, always sneaking in a veggie!

If you’re over zucchini, a couple of shredded carrots or a few leaves of chopped kale would be a wonderful addition to this cheesy masterpiece.

After you have browned your sausage and your veggies have softened, go ahead and sprinkle 1/2 a cup of flour into your pot. Over medium to low heat stir your flour into your sausage mixture and allow it to cook for a few minutes. Now whisk in 3 cups of milk (skim, whole, 2%, use what you have!). Bring this roux to a low boil… Then over low heat stir in 2 cups of shredded mozzarella… And 2 cups of grated parmesan cheese! Go ahead and season this gorgeous pot of cheese with 1 teaspoon of Italian seasoning, salt and pepper to taste. Turn the heat off and stir your al dente penne into your cheese concoction! You could stop here and dish this mac & cheese up for dinner, or… You could mix 1 cup of bread crumbs with a few tablespoons of olive oil… And sprinkle them on top of your pasta along with a few thinly sliced roma tomatoes and a pinch more shredded parmesan cheese. Pop this into a 350 degree oven for 15 minutes… Or until your bread crumbs are toasted and your cheese is bubbling! Peace out swim suit weather, see you in a few months! Until then, bring on the mac & cheese! Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • Serves 8
  • 1 pound penne, al dente
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 pound sweet Italian sausage
  • 1 medium zucchini, shredded
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 3 cups milk
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella
  • 2 cups grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 onion, chopped

3 Responses to Italian Mac & Cheese

  1. Brandon says:

    Oh come on… you can’t say something like that and not tell us! :) Looking forward to hearing what you’re planning!

  2. Brandon, the minute I can say something you know I will!! :)

  3. AmberLee says:

    am on pins and needles! whatever it is, it is going to be wonderful. can hardly wait : )

    p.s. this mac and cheese is going on the menu for the month!

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