Italian Mac and Cheese Stuffed Peppers

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Gooey, golden mac and cheese baked ’til bubbly in colorful bell peppers? Yes, please! These stuffed peppers are a delicious, easy vegetarian side (or main meal) that your family will love!

Italian Mac and Cheese Stuffed Peppers – Gooey, golden mac and cheese baked 'til bubbly in bell peppers makes a delicious, easy vegetarian side (or main meal)! | thecomfortofcooking.com

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.)

Italian Mac and Cheese Stuffed Peppers – Gooey, golden mac and cheese baked 'til bubbly in bell peppers makes a delicious, easy vegetarian side (or main meal)! | thecomfortofcooking.com

Italian Mac and Cheese Stuffed Peppers – Gooey, golden mac and cheese baked 'til bubbly in bell peppers makes a delicious, easy vegetarian side (or main meal)! | thecomfortofcooking.com

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!

Italian Mac and Cheese Stuffed Peppers – Gooey, golden mac and cheese baked 'til bubbly in bell peppers makes a delicious, easy vegetarian side (or main meal)! | thecomfortofcooking.com

Italian Mac and Cheese Stuffed Peppers

Servings 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

Join the Conversation

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. Oh my goodness!! These are SO fun!

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

  5. 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!

  6. 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! :)

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

  8. 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!

  9. 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!

  10. 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!

  11. 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!!

  12. Best idea ever! I have to have these soon!

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

  14. This is my kind of stuffed pepper!

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

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

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  17. Such a fun idea – so pretty too!

  18. 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

  19. How brilliantly delicious.

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

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

  22. 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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