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Baked Italian Mac and Cheese

This easy Baked Italian Mac and Cheese recipe will be a hit with the whole family! With melty cheese, Italian sausage, and fresh herbs, this recipe is delicious and filling. Serve with a salad and based vegetables for a perfect dinner!
5 from 1 vote
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 10 servings
Calories 404 kcal


  • 1 lb small pasta such as shells or elbows
  • 1 lb ground Italian sausage hot or mild
  • 2 tbsp butter divided
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup shredded parmesan cheese divided
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 2 tbsp chopped Italian parsley divided
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • Handful Fresh basil for serving


  • Cook pasta in salted boiling water according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  • Cook Italian Sausage in a large skillet over medium heat until cooked through, about 5 minutes. Remove sausage from the pan and set aside.
  • Heat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • A 1 tbsp butter to the skillet used for the sausage and heat over medium heat. Add flour and stir well.
  • When combined, add milk and whisk until there are no lumps of flour, about 2-3 minutes,
  • Add in mozzarella cheese, ½ cup parmesan cheese, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. Turn heat to low and mix until cheese is melted and everything is combined.
  • Add cooked pasta, cooked sausage, and 1 tbsp Italian parsley to the skillet. Mix well and transfer to a greased oven safe baking dish.
  • Top Mac and cheese with panko breadcrumbs and a few pats of butter.
  • Cook for 10 minutes, then remove from the oven.
  • Garnish with additional Italian parsley and fresh basil and serve.
Keyword Baked Italian Mac and Cheese