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Auntie Karen’s Party Macaroni (Cinque Formaggi Penne)

5 cheese penneThis recipe is from Nicole Shadel. If you haven’t seen her profile yet, check it out here!

This is a great dish to make if you are having a large crowd for dinner. The measurements are estimates—no need to be precise. A little more or a little less will not alter the taste; this is a baked pasta dish, so have fun with it.



Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease 9 X 13 baking dish. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the pasta (a little under) al dente. In a large mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients except the penne, basil and butter. Gently mix the penne into the bowl with the rest of ingredients. Fold in the basil. Pour mixture into baking dish, then top the mixture with the butter and bake (covered) until bubbly and brown on top—about 1 hour or so. Remove the cover the last 15 minutes of cooking, allowing the top to become golden brown. Let the pan rest for at least 10 to 15 minutes..

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