Colorful Mac 'n' Cheese Recipe
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Colorful Mac 'n' Cheese Recipe

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My family loves this rich and comforting dish. The cheese disguises the zucchini, so my kids keep on eating it! —Debbie Amacher, Amherst, New York
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 2 cups chopped zucchini
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cheddar cheese soup, undiluted
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon prepared mustard

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cup: 0 calories, 0g fat (0g saturated fat), 0mg cholesterol, 0mg sodium, 0g carbohydrate (0g sugars, 0g fiber), 0g protein


  1. Cook macaroni according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, saute zucchini and onion in oil until tender. Stir in the tomatoes, soup, cheese, milk, basil and mustard.
  2. Cook, uncovered, over medium heat for 6-7 minutes or until cheese is melted, stirring often. Drain macaroni; toss with vegetable cheese sauce. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Colorful Mac 'n' Cheese in Simple & Delicious September/October 2007, p45

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Reviewed Feb. 2, 2015

"As far as I'm concerned, there is no "bad" macaroni and cheese. My husband and I really enjoyed this recipe, and I didn't have to feel quite so guilty eating it because of the veggies."

Reviewed Aug. 19, 2013

"My husband is on a low fat diet. Therefore had to modify recipe a bit. Used no fat cheddar cheese and Healthy Request cheddar cheese soup. Have made this several times....very good!"

Reviewed Feb. 11, 2013

"Added diced carrots and red bell peppers, plus some left over taco meat. This is such a nice change from the Blue Box, and made enough for 6 large servings."

Reviewed Oct. 22, 2012

"this was a great change to the normal mac n cheese"

Reviewed Sep. 19, 2012

"We found this terribly bland and simply flavorless. I'm afraid I won't make this again."

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