Veggie Macaroni and Cheese Recipe
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Veggie Macaroni and 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 Morrill, Brownsville, 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


  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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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."

ekatiakarpova User ID: 6312133 97898
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2011

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

teresaballantyne User ID: 975266 166296
Reviewed Sep. 14, 2010

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

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