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Veggie Macaroni & Cheese Recipe

Veggie Macaroni & 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 Morril, Harrisburg, 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 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

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Reviewed Dec. 21, 2017

"title is misleading !!! it is NOT true veggie macaroni made from veggies NOT flour. this is mac n cheese WITH veggies ."

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.)"

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."

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."

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""

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