Roasted Vegetable Mac & Cheese

Roasted Vegetable Mac and Cheese
Mmmm, who doesn’t like mac & cheese? This roasted vegetable mac & cheese dish is the best of both worlds.. mac & cheese goodness plus roasted (heathy for us) vegetables. It’s mac & cheese on vegetable steroids.

Ingredients for a 9 X 13 inch pan of Roasted Vegetable Mac & Cheese
1 cup broccoli florets, chopped
1 red pepper, diced (or any pepper, I used orange)
1 yellow squash, quartered and diced
10 baby carrots, sliced thinly
3 cups pasta (elbow macaroni, rotini, penne, etc.)
1/4 cup olive oil
4 garlic clove, minced
3 tbsp all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups milk, I used skim
2 cups (8 oz.) cheese [Here’s the fun part, I used parmesan cheese in the dish you see pictured, but have also used cheddar cheese, and is wonderful too! You pick your favorite.]
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (optional, my husbands loves it)
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Begin to boil a medium-large pot of water for the pasta.

Prepare a large baking sheet with cooking spray, or foil. Toss broccoli, pepper, squash and carrots onto the baking sheet.

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Bake for 20 minutes, or until vegetables have softened. Remove from the oven and set aside.

Once the water is boiling, add the pasta, cooking according to package instructions. Drain and set aside.

Meanwhile, heat olive oil (1/4 cup) in a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add the minced garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Whisk in the flour and cook 1 minute. Gradually whisk in the milk, stirring constantly until mixture is slightly thickened. Remove pot from the heat.

Stir in your choice of cheese until well distributed and melted. Add the optional red pepper flakes, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper, or other desired herbs. Lastly, add the noodles and vegetables, stirring well to mix.

Place mixture in a lightly greased 9 X 13 inch dish. Place under the broiler in your oven (500 degrees) for 3-4 minutes, or until the top is golden brown.

Roasted Vegetable Mac and Cheese
Adapted from The Comfort of Cooking

Cheesy goodness, roasted vegetable mac & cheese.

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18 comments

  1. This looks amazing! Making it tonight! Thank you!

  2. This looks soooooo delicious! I can’t wait to try it

  3. Yum! I have been looking for a more nutritional mac and cheese recipe, I think I will try this recipe this week :)

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  5. This looks incredible. Such a great idea.

  6. Great idea! My little girl loves mac and cheese, and this would be a perfect way to get her to eat veggies!

  7. What a great idea! I love this, my daughter is obsessed with mac’n’cheese and I feel like she might actually eat her veggies this way! I pinned this!

  8. healthy and easy… sold! I think I can do this! Thanks for linking up to Monday Funday!

  9. A healthy Mac and Cheese is just what I love…. Thank you for coming to share at Super Saturday Show & Tell last week.. stop on by and share again today! http://www.whatscookingwithruthie.com I hope you have wonderful weekend! xoxo~ Ruthie

  10. This is very good. VERY good. I love the versatility. I also like the step to broil at the end, much healthier than adding a breadcrumb topping and SOOO GOOOD! You can use whatever veggies you like/have, whatever pasta you like/have, whatever cheese you like/have. Here’s what I did for an 8″ square baking dish size (I ate half!) …

    1.Preheat oven to 400. Cut up veggies in small pieces, i.e. diced. I used red pepper, yellow pepper, broccoli, cauliflower. Spread them in a single layer on a baking sheet. Toss with oil, s&p. Bake 20 mins, tossing once. After taking them out, turn the oven to BROIL.
    2.Cook 2 cups (measured uncooked) macaroni (I used shells). Drain, put back in pot with a little butter.
    3.In a small pot heat a bit of oil, brown a clove of minced garlic. Whisk a generous tbsp of flour into 1.5 cups milk in a cup. Add this to the pot, and about 6 oz of whatever cheese you like, grated. I used aged gouda and light cheddar. Mix until melted / smooth.
    4.Add the veggies and sauce to the pasta. Mix.
    5.Put the mixture into a lightly greased 8″ square dish. Broil about 3-4 mins or until browned on top.

    Um. Yumm. Would also be great with tuna added in for a tuna casserole.

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