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Super Simple Mac and Cheese Italian Style

An absolute family favorite, I have been making this homemade Italian style mac and cheese for over 8 years. I originally shared this recipe with you when we first started our site and now (6 years later) have prepared it a several dozen more times and I have a lot of tips to add to the recipe so make sure you check out my notes on the recipe.
This stove-top macaroni and cheese is loaded with ooey gooey cheese and Italian spices. Obviously it is something we have eaten so many times that I don’t need a recipe and I use this one as a base to create many different dinners.

Y’all ask so often what I fix when I don’t have anything planned. Well, this happens more times than not so I have become a master at re-imagining leftovers. I guess I got that from my mom. She was a whiz at transforming left overs into a whole new dinner.

This recipe is the perfect last minute meal. It calls for ingredients that you have on hand all the time and then just add in whatever left overs your fridge holds and it becomes dinner. Precooked sausage, kielbasa, left over chicken, beef or turkey from Thanksgiving along with some left over veggies added at the end or frozen peas (added with the pasta) and you have yourself a fantastic two pot meal in under 20 minutes!!! Check the notes for more fantastic suggestions.


With love from our simple kitchen to yours.


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