Roasted Vegetable Macaroni and Cheese
This Roasted Vegetable Macaroni and Cheese is my favorite homemade macaroni and cheese. I love the addition of the roasted veggies, and the garlic that’s added to the creamy, cheesy sauce gives it so much flavor. It’s a win-win for adults and kids alike!
Do you have a picky eater at home? I sure do. My son turns up his nose at many of the meals I cook, and would survive completely on raisins, yogurt, toast, cheese, and blueberries if I would let him. Oh, and goldfish, too. 🙂
If you have a little one at home who isn’t a big veggie eater, this Roasted Vegetable Macaroni and Cheese a great way to try and get those important foods into their diet. Now, I can’t guarantee they won’t just pick them out, but the kiddo-friendly macaroni and the delicious cheesy sauce seem to help make those dreaded vegetables a little less noticeable. 😉
This is my favorite homemade macaroni and cheese. I love the addition of the roasted veggies, and the garlic that’s added to the creamy, cheesy sauce gives it so much flavor. It’s a win-win for adults and kids alike!
Start by roasting your veggies in the oven for about 20 minutes. Meanwhile, cook and drain the pasta and set it aside. Then get started on your cheesy sauce. Mmmm…
I MIGHT have added more than two cups of cheese. Just maybe.
Once the veggies are finished roasting, mix into the sauce with the drained pasta.
Pour all that yumminess into a baking dish and sprinkle some Panko over the the top. Switch your oven over to broil, and cook for about 3-4 minutes until the top starts to get nice and golden brown.
My son really enjoys this macaroni and cheese and even eats some of the vegetables! If it has cheese on it, he’s a little bit more likely to give a try. And hey, cheese is a great source of calcium, right? He NEEDS that. So there, I’ve justified it for us all. 🙂
Hope you’re all having a lovely weekend. I’m already enjoying mine IMMENSELY because my hubby is home from Thailand. He’s been gone for the past few weeks for army stuff, and I’m so glad he’s back home. And not just because he provides an extra set of hands with the two kids. Or because now I can FINALLY watch season two of House of Cards. Do y’all watch that? Oh, is it good. And if I like a show that has anything at all to do with politics, that’s telling ya something. 🙂
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Roasted Vegetable Macaroni and Cheese
- 1 small head broccoli,, chopped
- 1/2 red pepper,, diced
- 1 yellow squash,, diced
- 8 baby carrots,, sliced
- 2 cups elbow macaroni
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 garlic clove,, minced
- 3 Tablespoon all purpose flour
- 1 1/2 cups milk, (I used a combination of milk and half-and-half)
- 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese,, shredded
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 3 Tablespoons panko breadcrumbs
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with either aluminum foil or a silicone baking mat. Spray with olive oil or cooking spray. Toss chopped vegetables onto baking sheet and roast in the preheated oven for 20 minutes or until softened.
- Meanwhile bring a medium pot of salted water to boil, and cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
- Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add minced garlic and cook for 30 seconds, until fragrant. Whisk in flour and cook for 1 minute. Gradually whisk in milk, stirring constantly until mixture has thickened. Remove from heat and stir in cheese until melted and creamy. Season to taste with salt and pepper, and carefully mix in macaroni and vegetables.
- Place mixture in a large baking dish and sprinkle panko over the top. Place under broiler and bake for 3-4 more minutes, or until top is golden brown.
I forgot to add the carrots, I didn’t go with the red pepper. I used 2% milk and man this was great!! It was soo good definitely will be making again. Thanks for sharing this recipe.
This Roasted Vegetable Macaroni and Cheese looks so perfect! Definitely a must try!
I LOVE a good homemade mac-n-cheese recipe! There’s nothing better…can’t wait to try yours!!
My favorite dinner! I need to try your recipe!
We made this and there were no left overs! A total win!
The perfect way to sneak in extra veggies! So delicious!
Love the addition of veggies in this comfort food staple!
What a savory looking dish! I am adding this to my dinner line up for the week; looks too good to pass up!
Have you tried making this with skim milk and reduced fat cheese? Or would that be gross?
I have made this with 1% milk, and it still came out fine, though I do think it’s creamier with a higher fat milk. I’m not a big fan of reduced fat cheese in recipes like this because it doesn’t melt very well. You could try it with the 2% cheese, but I wouldn’t do the fat free! If you try it, let me know how it turns out!
We love Roasted Vegetables and this will be a delicious dish with the Roasted Vegetables and Macaroni N Cheese, oh my! Thank you so much for sharing this awesome post with Full Plate Thursday and have a great weekend!
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Thank you, Miz Helen! The roasted veggies make it oh so good. 🙂
My kids love macaroni and cheese, but I’m always trying to get veggies in them. So this might just convince them to eat it.
It’s worth a try! Hope they go for it. 🙂
This looks sooooo good! I will definitely have to give this a try. I have a terribly picky two-year old that turns up her nose at most veggies but will never turn down macaroni and cheese! Pinning!
My son is the same way, Brittany! Hopefully she’ll give the veggies in this a chance. Thank you for dropping by!
Oh does this look good my mom would love this …going to have to make it for her! Thanks for sharing at One More Time Events…Tammy
Oh I hope she likes it, Tammy! Thank you for stopping by! 🙂
I’m definitely making this for my youngest one… he’ll really dig it. Especially with all of the veggies. Gorgeous pics, by the way!
Hope he enjoys it, girl! Thanks so much, for coming over! 🙂
My kids love Mac n cheese, and Iove this recipe. A good way to get them to eat more veggies! Pinned for future 🙂
Thank you, Fiona! Definitely a good way to sneak more veggies in. 🙂
Ashlyn this looks great, love the cheese sauce and the veggies in there! My kids love mac and cheese and I know they would absolutely eat this, it’s a keeper-I pinned It 🙂
Thank you so much, Cathy! Hope your kiddos enjoy it!