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Veggie Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

Veggie Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

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 Morrill, Brownsville, Oregon
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 15 min. YIELD:12 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 3 cups fresh broccoli florets
  • 2 cups fresh cauliflowerets
  • 3 large carrots, halved and thinly sliced
  • 2 celery ribs, sliced
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 3 cups (12 ounces) shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika


  • 1. Preheat oven to 350°. Cook macaroni according to package directions, adding broccoli, cauliflowerets, carrots and celery during the last 6 minutes. Drain; transfer to a greased 13x9-in. baking dish.
  • 2. Meanwhile, in a Dutch oven, saute onion in butter until tender. Sprinkle with flour; stir until blended. Gradually stir in milk and broth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir 2 minutes or until thickened. Stir in the cheese, mustard, salt and pepper.
  • 3. Pour over macaroni mixture; stir to coat. Sprinkle with paprika. Bake, uncovered, 15-20 minutes or until heated through. Yield: 12 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 189 calories, 10g fat (7g saturated fat), 35mg cholesterol, 374mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 2g fiber), 10g protein

Reviews for Veggie Macaroni and Cheese

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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."

Reviewed Dec. 14, 2014

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

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."

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."

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."

Reviewed Jun. 8, 2013

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

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."

Reviewed Nov. 1, 2011

"It was okey. I will not do this recipe again because too much work for a side dish."

Reviewed Sep. 14, 2010

"This recipe is delicious, and so colorful, too! I will definitely be making it again."

Reviewed Feb. 20, 2010

"I was disappointed in this recipe. The cheese sauce tasted grainy and I didn't like the flavor. It is a colorful dish and I like the vegetables in it. It is messy cleaning the sticky cheese off the dishes and utensils."

Reviewed Nov. 5, 2009

"This was a great recipe. Even my hubby who is not big on homemade mac 'n' cheese, liked this one and had seconds. The kids and I devoured it. I used penne and loved it that way. I also used part sharp and part medium cheddar since that it what I had on hand. This also went over very well with guests."

Reviewed Sep. 10, 2009

"this is my favorite mac & cheese recipe ever! It's comfort food, but there's veggies, so I don't feel so bad. My 2 year old gobbles it up!"

Reviewed Sep. 9, 2009

"Personally I don't like the bitter taste of sharp cheddar so next time I'll use mild cheddar or even something milder."

Reviewed Sep. 7, 2009

"This was very good and pretty. I used frozen winter mix with cauliflower, brocolli & carrots instead of fresh vegetables, I was making only half the recipe. It worked well and the leftovers are good too."

Reviewed Sep. 6, 2009

"Using low sodium broth and leaving out the salt will greatly reduce the sodium content of this dish.


Reviewed Sep. 5, 2009

"Doesn't quite work as a veggie dish with chicken broth in it - with a vegetarian in the house am always looking for great dishes the whole family will enjoy - substituting veggie broth for the chicken broth serves that purpose and tastes great! Thanks."

Reviewed Jan. 22, 2009

"Diabetic chicken salad"

Reviewed Dec. 7, 2008

"I added 1 cup of cooked chicken breast to make this a main dish. I have made it several times for covered dish dinners and it is always a hit."

Reviewed Nov. 18, 2008

"Oh... and I used 2 cups of Penne instead of the macaroni... which was great because it caught up the sauce really well."

Reviewed Nov. 18, 2008

"This was sooo good! Next time I will substitute some of the veggies with chicken and regular mustard for the Dijon... just because my hubby doesn't like the taste of Dijon. But, this is the fist mac 'n' cheese recipe that has worked out for me. Try it you will not be dissapointed."

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