Mac & Cheese with Roasted Tomatoes and Il Villaggio Mascarpone Cheese – Week 23: Italian-style

What are the essential ingredients of an Italian-style dish? For me, it’s tomatoes, basil and melty cheese.

This week’s Italian-Style theme inspired me to make Mac & Cheese from roasted tomatoes, basil pesto, ANCO creamy havarti and Il Villaggio mascarpone cheese.

Alternating layers of Mac & Cheese and roasted tomatoes, pesto and creamy cheese.

Downright delicious.


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C).

  2. In a saucepan melt butter and soften the onion and garlic.
  3. Add the flour and stir for 1 minute, making sure the flour doesn’t brown.  
  4. Add the milk and cream, beating with a whisk to obtain a smooth sauce.
  5. Simmer for 15 minutes, stirring regularly until sauce thickens.

  6. Stir in, havarti, then pasta. Season with salt and pepper.
  7. Pour ⅓ of pasta into a baking dish and cover with ⅓ of pesto, a few spoonfuls of mascarpone and a few roasted tomatoes.
  8. Continue making layers, finishing with mascarpone and tomatoes. Garnish with breadcrumbs mixed with the melted butter.  
  9. Bake for about 15 minutes or until golden.

Johanne Depelteau

Longueuil, Quebec

Johanne, a passionate lover of the culinary arts, has been working in television broadcasting, publishing, magazine writing and advertising for many years.

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