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Italian Style Cavatappi and Cheese Recipe


Fun shaped "Italian Style Cavatappi Macaroni and Cheese" will be the perfect comfort food this season!


I just love the garlic and cheese flavors in this pasta a classic recipe. Just the best flavors all in one dish baked to perfection.

Italian Style Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

1 pound cavatappi macaroni (Italian word for corkscrew shaped pasta) or use spirals 
2 cups shredded mozzarella
1 teaspoon of minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder
1 cup heavy cream
2 cups whole milk
4 tablespoons butter
1  1/2 cups of half and half
2 cups shredded extra sharp cheddar cut up into small pieces
4 tablespoons of cream cheese
4 thick slices of provolone cheese cut into small pieces
1/4 cup of Romano grating cheese
1 teaspoon of parsley
1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Topping:
1 cup of Italian flavored bread crumbs
4 tablespoons of melted butter
pinch of red pepper flakes

In a glass (microwave proof bowl) or stove top, add both milks,  all the cheeses, 4 tablespoons butter cook until cheese is melted and well blended with milk. Add salt, pepper to taste.

In the meantime boil the macaroni in salted water to package instructions al dente, drain. Place in a large baking dish that has been butter generously.


Place cooked macaroni in the dish. Add all herbs, minced garlic and spices to the milk mixture stirring together. Add cooked macaroni dish. In a separate bowl add bread crumbs and melted butter and mix set aside.  Bake at 375 until browned and bubbly, around 45 minutes to an hour. Sprinkle with more grating cheese and top with bread crumbs, red pepper flakes, drizzle with butter. Broil until crispy topping on high for 2 minutes or so. Watching carefully.

3 comments:

  1. Doesn't get much better than this! Yum!!!

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  2. Boy, all that cheese must make this one incredible mac and cheese!

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