Italian Mac and Cheese Stuffed Peppers

Rejoice, rejoice! Today is National Mac and Cheese Day, y’all.

Basically, today is my favorite day ever. The day our daughter came into this world is also up there. But, was she made of gooey, melty cheesy deliciousness? NO.

Well… sort of. That plus rainbows.

A whole day dedicated to my favorite food in the world, though? Hard to beat it, and impossible to resist in tender baked bell peppers. A mix of sharp Wisconsin cheddar and mozzarella combine to make the most mouthwatering mac you’ve ever tasted. Stuffed in a big, colorful red pepper and baked ’til bubbly? Have mercy.

Say hello to the best new way to enjoy mac and cheese! (But here are a whole lot more.)

There’s nothing better than a gooey, golden brown mac and cheese, and this one is so darn good. Served in red and green bell peppers, it makes for an easy and impressive vegetarian side dish or main course! Though my meat-lovin’ man would say it could use a bloody steak stacked on top…

Bake a batch of these peppers for dinner tonight, and I know you’ll agree they’re out of this world. So easy, so colorful, and lots of leftovers to boot! …But there won’t be any in my house.

Go get to celebrating this delicious mac and cheese holiday – I know I will be!

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Italian Mac and Cheese Stuffed Peppers

Yield: Makes 6 servings

Ingredients:

12 ounces elbow macaroni
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
3 cups milk
2 cups (8 ounces) Wisconsin cheddar cheese, shredded
1/2 cup (2 ounces) Wisconsin mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
6 red and/or green bell peppers
2 Tablespoons fresh basil or parsley, chopped, for garnish

This recipe was developed for All Things Mac and Cheese for the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board. I was paid for recipe development and photography. Opinions are my own.

 

 

 

 

 

      

23 Responses to “Italian Mac and Cheese Stuffed Peppers”

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    Jules @ WolfItDown — July 14, 2014 @ 1:08 am

    Holy macaroni! You’ve nailed it – this looks fantastic :) I love how you don’t skimp on the cheese either, one should never do that on such joyous occasions :) I hope you have a great start to your week Georgia <3

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    Elisa @ Insalata di Sillabe — July 14, 2014 @ 3:59 am

    I love how colorful and vibrant these look! Plus, it’s such a creative idea to serve the old classic mac & cheese in a completely different way!

    xo, Elisa

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — July 14, 2014 @ 5:20 am

    Oh my goodness!! These are SO fun!

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    Maureen | Orgasmic Chef — July 14, 2014 @ 6:11 am

    Wouldn’t this make a perfect lunch! Happy Mac and Cheese Day! :)

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    shashi @ runninsrilankan — July 14, 2014 @ 6:41 am

    Happy Mac n Cheese Day! My daughter is gonna be ecstatic when she finds out what today is – and what a gorgeous way to eat this traditional dish!

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    Marie @ Little Kitchie — July 14, 2014 @ 7:15 am

    Looks incredible!!! So much creamy goodness!! Had no idea it was Mac and cheese day…but now that I do I will definitely be celebrating! :)

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    Pat — July 14, 2014 @ 9:17 am

    How beautiful with all the colors. And, what a great idea to put it all together in fresh, healthy peppers! Thanks, :)

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    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — July 14, 2014 @ 10:03 am

    I think it’s totally fair to put Mac and Cheese day way up there with the birth of your baby. Because CHEESE and CARBS. :) This looks like the perfect way to celebrate today!

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    Ashley — July 14, 2014 @ 10:23 am

    Bahaha – “But, was she made of gooey, melty cheesy deliciousness?” You crack me up lady. Love love love this spin on stuffed peppers – it’s so fun!

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    Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps — July 14, 2014 @ 1:16 pm

    Ooooo I had no idea!! Mac and cheese is also one of my favorite foods on the planet, so I’m all over this! So creamy!

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    Phi @ The Sweetphi Blog — July 14, 2014 @ 2:26 pm

    Yes, mac ‘n cheese anything I’m on board…and they have a holiday for it? YEs and more yes! Love the look of this recipe!!

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    Gaby — July 14, 2014 @ 8:32 pm

    Best idea ever! I have to have these soon!

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    Tieghan Gerard — July 14, 2014 @ 10:41 pm

    I just stuffed some mac and cheese into something already today, but I could totally go for these right now!

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    Anna (Hidden Ponies) — July 14, 2014 @ 10:45 pm

    This is my kind of stuffed pepper!

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    Medeja — July 15, 2014 @ 6:04 am

    I am sure they are delicious! And they look amazing too!

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    Choc Chip Uru — July 15, 2014 @ 7:16 am

    These peppers create a gourmet version of mac and cheese – much love :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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    Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy Living — July 15, 2014 @ 8:49 am

    Such a fun idea – so pretty too!

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    Annie @ Annie's Noms — July 15, 2014 @ 10:58 am

    Well, I totally missed Mac and cheese day!! Love these though, the peppers will make me feel slightly less guilty about cramming my face with pasta and cheese :D

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    val — July 15, 2014 @ 2:54 pm

    How brilliantly delicious.

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    Valerie | From Valerie's Kitchen — July 15, 2014 @ 3:59 pm

    What an amazing idea! Love the presentation and of course, the mac and cheese!

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    John@Kitchen Riffs — July 16, 2014 @ 10:45 am

    What a great dish! I love mac ‘n cheese, but never thought to use it to stuff bell peppers. But I will! Thanks.

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    Angel Reyes — July 16, 2014 @ 2:00 pm

    Bravo!

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    Courtney — July 29, 2014 @ 10:22 pm

    I NEED to try this!! I have made sausage and quinoa stuffed peppers, but I never thought of doing them with mac n cheese! I can’t wait! Thanks!

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