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Monday, April 29, 2013

Meatless Monday: Roasted veggie macaroni and cheese

Trust me, this tasted better than it looked. I'm not the best food photographer, apparently.

I love mac and cheese and this one was loaded with yummy veggies and easy to prepare in under 30 mins. How many mac and cheese recipes can say that?

The original recipe called for red pepper flakes and cayenne but since the kids were eating it, I left the spices out.

Roasted Veggie Mac and Cheese
Adapted from Comfort of Cooking

1 cup broccoli florets, chopped into small chunks
1/2 red pepper, diced
1 yellow squash, quartered and diced
10 baby carrots, sliced thinly
2 cups whole wheat pasta
1/4 cup olive oil
1 garlic clove, minced
3 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups milk
2 cups (8 oz.) Cheddar Cheese
Salt and pepper, to taste
2 Tbsp. panko breadcrumbs


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Set a medium pot of salted water to boil. Prepare a large baking sheet by lining with aluminum foil and coating with a little olive oil or nonstick cooking spray.

Toss broccoli, red pepper, squash and carrots onto the baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes, or until vegetables have softened. Remove from oven and set aside.

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

Meanwhile, heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add garlic and cook 30 seconds. 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 well distributed and melted. Add salt and pepper. Add macaroni and vegetables.

Place mixture in a large casserole dish and sprinkle with panko breadcrumbs. Place under the broiler in your oven (500 degrees) for 3-4 minutes, or until the top is golden brown.

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