Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Roasted Veggie Mac & Cheese

I grew up loving macaroni and cheese, and still love it. However, I realize the boxed stuff just isn't good for you. At all. So in recent years, I've tried a few 'homemade mac and cheese' recipes. So far, they're just ok, and lack much flavor. Until now that is. This mac and cheese is SO good. Something I will make often. I think it would make a great freezer meal too.

1 cup broccoli florets, chopped into small chunks
1/2 red pepper, diced
1 yellow squash, quartered and diced
10 baby carrots, sliced thinly
1 turkey sausage, thinly sliced and cut in fourths
2 cups whole wheat pasta (elbow macaroni, rotini, penne, etc.)
1/4 cup olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
3 tbsp all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups milk
2 cups (8 oz.) sharp cheddar cheese
Salt and pepper
Bread crumbs

* If you like it a little spicy, you may want to add:
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

Preheat the oven to 400° F

Set a medium pot of salted water to boil. Prepare a large baking sheet by lining it with foil and coating with a little olive oil. Toss broccoli, red pepper, squash, carrots and sausage onto the baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes, or until the veggies have softened. Remove from the oven and set aside.

Once the water is boiling, lower heat slightly and add pasta, cooking according to instructions on the package. Drain and set aside.

Heat oil in a large skillet, over medium heat. Once hot, add garlic and cook for 30 seconds, careful not to burn. Whisk in flour and cook 1 minute. Gradually whisk in milk, stirring constantly until mixture is slightly thickened. Remove from heat. Stir in cheddar cheese until melted (if adding red pepper flakes and cayenne pepper, put in now. Add salt and pepper to taste. Mix in noodles and veggies.

Scoop the mixture into a large casserole dish and sprinkle with bread crumbs. Place in the oven and broil at 500° for 3-4 minutes, or until the top is golden brown.

Cover and store in the refrigerator (if you don't eat it all first).


  1. Looks great! I remember eating Kraft Mac & Cheese with hot dogs in it at your house growing up :)

  2. Sure Laurie! Hope you all enjoy it! Great family dish.

    Jessica - That made me laugh! Oh such good times! :) This dish is like our childhood version but MUCH better! And better for you! Lol :)