Veggie-Loaded Mac and Cheese: A Twist on the Classic


Transform the classic mac and cheese into a nutrient-packed meal with our Veggie-Loaded Mac and Cheese recipe! This dish combines the creamy, comforting goodness of traditional mac and cheese with a hearty mix of vegetables, making it a perfect meal for both kids and adults. It's a clever way to incorporate more veggies into your diet while still enjoying a beloved favorite. Get ready for a cheesy, veggie-filled delight that's sure to become a new family staple!

Veggie-Loaded Mac and Cheese: A Twist on the Classic

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes

Number of Servings and Serving Size

  • Makes 4 servings
  • Serving Size: 1 generous bowl per person


  • 300 grams (0.66 pounds) of macaroni pasta
  • 200 grams (0.44 pounds) of sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 50 grams (0.11 pounds) of Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour
  • 500 ml of milk
  • 100 grams (0.22 pounds) of broccoli, cut into small florets
  • 100 grams (0.22 pounds) of carrots, finely diced
  • 100 grams (0.22 pounds) of peas (frozen or fresh)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional: bread crumbs for topping

Method of Preparation

  1. Cook the macaroni according to package instructions until al dente. Drain and set aside.
  2. In a saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the flour and whisk for 1-2 minutes to make a roux.
  3. Gradually add the milk, whisking continuously until the sauce thickens.
  4. Add the cheddar and Parmesan cheese to the sauce, stirring until melted and smooth.
  5. In a separate pot, steam the broccoli and carrots until just tender, about 5 minutes. Add the peas in the last minute of steaming.
  6. Mix the cooked vegetables and macaroni into the cheese sauce. Season with salt and pepper.
  7. If desired, sprinkle bread crumbs on top for added crunch.
  8. Serve the Veggie-Loaded Mac and Cheese hot.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Experiment with different vegetables like spinach, bell peppers, or mushrooms.
  • For a gluten-free version, use gluten-free flour and pasta.
  • Add cooked chicken or bacon for extra protein.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • Can I make this dish ahead of time? Yes, assemble the dish and refrigerate. Reheat in the oven when ready to serve.
  • How can I make the cheese sauce creamier? Add a dollop of cream cheese or a splash of heavy cream to the sauce.
  • What are some kid-friendly veggie options? Try sweet corn, cherry tomatoes, or diced red bell peppers for kid-friendly veggies.
  • Can this be made dairy-free? Yes, use dairy-free cheese and milk alternatives.