Veggie Macaroni & Cheese Recipe
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Veggie Macaroni & Cheese Recipe

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This creamy mac 'n' cheese definitely doesn't come from a box! Fresh veggies add crunch and color and will leave everyone saying, "More, please!" —Marsha Morril, Harrisburg, Oregon
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 15 min.
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 15 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 3 cups fresh broccoli florets
  • 2 cups fresh cauliflowerets
  • 3 large carrots, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced
  • 2 celery ribs, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 3 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 200 calories, 11g fat (6g saturated fat), 33mg cholesterol, 391mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 2g fiber), 10g protein.


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a 6-qt. stockpot, cook macaroni according to package directions, adding broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and celery during the last 6 minutes of cooking. Drain; transfer to a greased 13x9-in. baking dish.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, heat butter over medium-high heat; saute onion until tender. Stir in flour until blended. Gradually stir in milk and broth; bring to a boil. Cook and stir until thickened, about 2 minutes; stir in cheese, mustard, salt and pepper.
  3. Add to macaroni mixture, stirring to coat; sprinkle with paprika. Bake, uncovered, until heated through, 15-20 minutes. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Veggie Mac 'n' Cheese in Taste of Home August/September 2008, p51

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HomeCookin User ID: 9172046 266172
Reviewed May. 21, 2017

"The lack of flavor some are complaining of might have to do with boiling the veggies with the macaroni. When the water is tossed out, so is a lot of the flavor. When I made this for my book club yesterday, I sauteed the rest of the veggies with the onion, instead of boiling them. Also added red bell pepper. I got rave reviews from everybody.

(Probably the reason the original recipe said to cook the veggies with the macaroni was to add flavor to the macaroni, but you can do that by adding veggie broth to the macaroni cooking water.)"

sheirry User ID: 9104162 263268
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2017

"I read that some has an issue with the flavor what's missing. The recipe is great but when it comes to seasonings I dont follow the measurement and just added my desired flavor I think if you want more flavor the recipe is great if you add heavy cream and parmesan cheese, I added garlic as i love garlic fresh for sauteeing with onion and garlic powder for the sauce little bit of vegeta yummy for my whole family my 4 year old picky eater loves it."

alfoa User ID: 2078080 254261
Reviewed Sep. 18, 2016

"I used vegetable broth to make it vegetarian. It was good, a little bland. Not sure what is missing, maybe garlic salt?

I'm not sure why another reviewer called it a side dish...veggies plus pasta plus sauce is one heck of a side dish. I served it as a main."

PrplMonky5 User ID: 6612040 232172
Reviewed Sep. 1, 2015

"We thought this was pretty good. I made it as directed except I just used a normal saucepan instead of a dutch oven (don't have one). I also cut it in half as we don't need 12 servings. I did add some minced garlic to saute with the onion in butter. I still feel like there is something missing. Either more salt or some sort of spice. Next time I will probably experiment more with this and try adding some things in. As-is, this is a decent recipe."

quietgardens User ID: 3582707 214851
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2014

"Even my finicky husband and boys loved this recipe!"

threewishes User ID: 5550137 106073
Reviewed Sep. 16, 2014

"Delicious! I followed the recipe exactly and loved it. I made it on a Sunday and took leftovers for work lunches and it only got better and better as the week wore on. I sent half of the dish back to college with my daughter and she loved it also. Can't beat Mac & Cheese with veggies, so good and makes a complete meal just on it's own."

Melisa4022 User ID: 5769907 96421
Reviewed Jul. 20, 2014

"I mixed velveeta and cheddar cheese, also added a little cayenne pepper. My family loved it, good way to get them to eat more vegetables."

apschwartz User ID: 1393337 171302
Reviewed Feb. 3, 2014

"I found this to be rather bland, but it could be entirely my fault. The onion I purchased was rotten on the inside and I forgot to buy Dijon. So without these 2 ingredients, the taste could have been completely altered. I will try it again just b/c I had such high expectations."

Peispuds User ID: 7095933 68699
Reviewed Jun. 8, 2013

"This is a great meal for kids. My four year old gobbled it up and said, "more please""

Hannah0418 User ID: 1795891 128927
Reviewed Apr. 26, 2012

"This is yummy - but next time i make it i'll increase sauce by 50% - in my opinion this isn't quite enough. I put crushed ritz crackers on top."

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