Italian Mac & Cheese

Italian Mac & Cheese

Try our Marinara sauce in this Italian Mac & Cheese recipe! It's perfect for any type of pasta in your pantry if you're looking to get creative.






  • 1 lb. Italian sausage (hot or sweet), casings removed
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 12 oz. pasta (any type)
  • 1 (16-oz.) jar Cucina Antica Marinara Sauce
  • 4 c. low-sodium chicken broth
  • Kosher salt
  • 1/4 c. half-and-half or heavy cream
  • 2 c. shredded mozzarella, divided



  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. In a large oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat, cook sausage, breaking up with a wooden spoon, until seared and no longer pink, about 4 minutes. Add onion, garlic, and bell pepper and cook, stirring, until soft, 5 minutes more.
  2. Add pasta and stir until coated, then pour over marinara and broth and season with salt. Bring liquid to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until pasta is al dente and almost all liquid has been absorbed, about 25 minutes.
  3. Stir in half-and-half and simmer until mostly absorbed, 2 minutes more. Remove from heat and stir in half of mozzarella.
  4. Transfer mixture to a large baking dish and sprinkle with remaining mozzarella. Bake until cheese is bubbly and golden, about 10 minutes.



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