Veggie Mac & Cheese

Veggie Mac & Cheese is a quick & easy dinner recipe both kid and adults will enjoy! Made with white cheddar & parmesan cheese, elbow pasta, broccoli, carrots, peas, and corn … this simple meal is creamy, cheesy, and loaded with colorful vegetables. A delicious dinner that is bound to be a new family favorite!

Veggie Mac & Cheese

Ingredients needed for Veggie Mac & Cheese…

Veggie Mac & Cheese calls for all your classic macaroni and cheese ingredients. Elbow pasta, milk, butter, and lots of cheese of course. Plus your not so classic ingredients … a mix of colorful fresh & frozen veggies!

  • Elbow Pasta: You of course need the classic macaroni elbow pasta for macaroni & cheese! 1 lb is perfect here.
  • Broccoli, Carrot, Peas, & Corn: Broccoli, carrots, peas, and corn are the veggies in this veggie mac. You’ll need 1 chopped broccoli head, 1 large carrot stick chopped, 1/2 cup frozen peas, and 1/2 cup of frozen corn. They provide a great mix of flavors, textures, and color!
  • Butter: 1/4 cup salted butter is used in the creamy, cheesy sauce here.
  • Flour: The cheesy sauce is a roux sauce! You’ll need 1/4 cup all purpose flour for that.
  • Milk: 3 cups of milk is also needed for the sauce. You can use any milk you’d like, but I like 1%.
  • Parmesan & White Cheddar Cheese: The most important part of any mac & cheese. The cheese! This recipe calls for 2 cups of shredded parmesan cheese and 2 1/4 cups shredded sharp white cheddar. The combination is simply delicious!
  • Garlic & Onion Powder: 1 1/2 tsp of each garlic powder and onion powder adds great flavor to this Veggie Mac & Cheese.
  • Salt & Pepper: Lastly, of course add salt & pepper to taste!
Macaroni and Cheese with Veggies

How to make Macaroni & Cheese with Veggies…

This family friendly recipe is super easy! You’ll make a simple roux cheese sauce, boil the macaroni and veggies, and then combine. Simple & delicious!

  1. Start by preparing the vegetables as instructed.
  2. Next add the pasta, broccoli, and carrots to a large pot of boiling water.  Let boil for about 7 minutes.  Then add in the frozen peas & corn and boil for the last 2-3 minutes.  
  3. Drain your pasta and vegetables and begin the cheese sauce.
  4. Melt the butter and flour together on the stove over medium heat in a large pot.  Cook for a few minutes until golden in color and there’s a slightly nutty smell.
  5. Then add the warm milk to the sauce in a steady stream.  Whisk constantly until the sauce begins to thicken.  This should take about 5-8 minutes.
  6. Once the sauce has thickened, turn the heat to low and add in your cheeses.  Add the cheese slowly and continue whisking to ensure it melts well.  Add the garlic powder, onion powder, and salt & pepper to taste.
  7. Next add the drained pasta and vegetables to the cheesy sauce.  Combine evenly.  Add last touches of salt & pepper.
  8. Enjoy!
Veggie Macaroni & Cheese

Cheesy sauce tips…

The cheese sauce in this veggie mac is made with a simple roux. It helps to make the sauce thick, creamy, and delicious! I know a roux based sauce can be intimidating, but i promise you it is anything but that. Follow the tips below and you’ll be good to go!

Tips!

  • Melt the butter and flour together until golden brown, slightly nutty in smell, and simmering.
  • Warm the milk before adding to the cream sauce. You can do this easily in the microwave … just heat for about 30-60 seconds. Make sure to add it in constant stream as well. This helps to prevent clumping.
  • Whisk the cheese sauce constantly throughout the entire process. This once again helps prevent clumps and makes for a smooth sauce.
  • Once the sauce has thickened (enough to stick to the back of a spoon), lower the heat, and add in the shredded cheese. Low and slow ensures everything melts perfectly!
  • Add garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper to your liking.

Easy Mac & Cheese add-ins and swaps…

Veggie Mac & Cheese is super customizable! You can make additions or swaps to your liking and preferences. Here are some of my ideas!

  • Different cheese: First up, you can totally mix up the cheeses in this recipe. I love the white cheddar and parmesan here, but gruyere is delicious in mac & cheese too! I think American cheese would also be great for that classic cheesy taste.
  • More veggies: Add or takeaway the veggies in this recipe based on what you like! You could remove any that you’re not a fan of and throw in the ones you do. I think bell pepper, zucchini, or green beans would be great choices!
  • Seasonings: I kept the seasonings in this recipe super simple to keep it family friendly! But you can adjust depending on who will be enjoying this veggie mac. Perhaps add less for kids and even more for adults – like paprika, red pepper flakes, or Italian seasoning!
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How to serve Veggie Mac & Cheese…

You can serve Veggie Mac & Cheese simply as is! Top a big bowl with salt, pepper, and enjoy a deliciously cheesy & creamy meal.

I love to add a a little hot sauce too! It kicks this kid friendly recipe up a notch.

How to store this Family Friendly Dinner Recipe…

You can store this recipe in an airtight container in the refrigerator for about 1 week – 10 days.

You can also freeze Veggie Mac & Cheese. Simply transfer to a freezer safe container and place in the freezer. It will keep for a couple months. Then when you’re ready to enjoy for dinner … remove from the freezer, place in the fridge to thaw the morning of, and re-heat in the microwave or on the stovetop at dinnertime!

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Veggie Mac & Cheese

Veggie Mac & Cheese is a quick & easy dinner recipe both kid and adults will enjoy! Made with white cheddar & parmesan cheese, elbow pasta, broccoli, carrots, peas, and corn … this simple meal is creamy, cheesy, and loaded with colorful vegetables. A delicious dinner that is bound to be a new family favorite!

  • Author: Kayla Berman
  • Prep Time: 15 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 Minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 8 Servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop

Ingredients

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  • 1 broccoli head, chopped
  • 1 large carrot stick, chopped (small)
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 1/2 cup frozen corn
  • 1 lb elbow pasta
  • 1/4 cup salted butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 3 cup 1% milk (warm)
  • 2 cups shredded parmesan cheese
  • 2 1/4 cups shredded sharp white cheddar
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • salt
  • pepper

Instructions

  1. Start by preparing the vegetables as instructed.
  2. Next add the pasta, broccoli, and carrots to a large pot of boiling water.  Let boil for about 7 minutes.  Then add in the frozen peas & corn and boil for the last 2-3 minutes.  
  3. Drain your pasta and vegetables and begin the cheese sauce.
  4. Melt the butter and flour together on the stove over medium heat in a large pot.  Cook for a few minutes until golden in color and there’s a slightly nutty smell.
  5. Then add the warm milk to the sauce in a steady stream.  Whisk constantly until the sauce begins to thicken.  This should take about 5-8 minutes.
  6. Once the sauce has thickened, turn the heat to low and add in your cheeses.  Add the cheese slowly and continue whisking to ensure it melts well.  Add the garlic powder, onion powder, and salt & pepper to taste.
  7. Next add the drained pasta and vegetables to the cheesy sauce.  Combine evenly.  Add last touches of salt & pepper.
  8. Enjoy!

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