Pesto Mac & Cheese

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"In Napoli, where love is king..." This pesto recipe is one "Mombo Italiano" flavor married perfectly to our robust Flagship sauce. Pesto fusilli alla scilliana, LOOK OUT. This is a meal all on its own, a savory force to be reckoned with. If you love pesto and love cheese - you struck gold because this is the easiest and tastiest combination of the two you'll find!

How To Make Pesto Mac & Cheese

Making pesto at home is a quick process and the ingredient list is simple enough. You can make a tasty (and fresh) pesto with just pine nuts, parmesan, basil, olive oil, and salt. Combine the ingredients in a food processor until a thick paste-like substance forms. In a pinch, there are also tons of delicious in-store options for pesto. Pro tip: “World’s Best” is also easy to find at grocery stores so you can cover all your bases in one trip!

Pesto Sauce

Serve & Store

Let cool for 5 minutes before serving. Enjoy hot. Leftovers can be stored in the fridge for 3 to 5 days.


Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Serves: 2 to 4 (as a side)


6 ounces penne pasta

8 ounces Beecher's Flagship cheese, grated (about 2 cups)

1-1/2 cups milk

2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

2 ounces Beecher's Just Jack cheese, grated (about 1/2 cup)

1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon chili powder

Pinch garlic powder

2 tablespoons pesto (extra to drizzle, as desired)


  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F.
  2. Cook penne 2 minutes less than package directions. Rinse in cold water and set aside.
  3. Melt butter in a heavy bottomed saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in flour. Continue whisking and cook for 2 minutes. Slowly add milk while whisking. Cook until sauce thickens, about 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat.
  4. Add 1-3/4 cups Flagship cheese, 1/4 cup Just Jack cheese, salt, 1/4 tsp. chili powder, and garlic powder. Stir until cheese is melted and all ingredients are incorporated, about 3 minutes.
  5. Combine pasta and sauce in a large bowl and mix carefully. Fold in the pesto. Scrape into an 8-inch baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining cheese and chili powder, and optional pesto drizzle.
  6. Bake, uncovered, for 20 minutes. Let Mac & Cheese sit for 5 minutes before serving.


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