Veggie Mac and Cheese Recipe

By Robyn Priebe
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This recipe is a great healthy twist on an old comfort classic. The roasted pepitas added on top give the dish the perfect crunch. It’s wonderful recipe to enjoy as we make it through the cold days of winter.

Veggie Mac and Cheese

Serving Size: 4

Veggie Mac and Cheese

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups elbow macaroni, dry
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds (pepitas), roasted
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup grated carrots
  • 1/4 cup chopped celery
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup skim milk
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese

Instructions

  1. Pre-cook pasta until aldente and set aside in baking pan.
  2. Crumb pumpkins seeds in food processor and set aside.
  3. Saute onion, garlic, carrots, and celery in olive oil until soft.
  4. Add sauted vegetables, milk, salt, and pepper to blender and puree.
  5. Add shredded cheese to this vegetable mixture and pulse a few times to mix in.
  6. Stir vegetable-cheese mixture into pasta and then top entire pan with pepitas.
  7. Bake in oven at 400 for about 15 minutes or until golden on top.

2 Responses (Add Yours)

  • Lis Drage says:

    How many servings does that make and what is the nutritional info on a serving, just out of curiosity. I’ve been meaning to make this…I’ve been home from GM a YEAR. Time to get to it lol.

  • Robyn Priebe says:

    Hi Lis, this recipe will produce about 4 cups of mac and cheese once prepared. If you are using it as your starch for the meal, 1 starch serving would be 1/2 of a cup. If you are using this as a starch and a protein source you may end up eating a bigger portion.

    Regarding the nutrition info, we intentionally refrain from posting the nutrition analysis with our recipes because we prefer that people focus more on how certain portions, combinations, and types of food make them feel, rather than getting caught up in the numbers of grams and calories. However this recipe is going to be predominately carbohydrate with a little protein and fat. I would add vegetables on the side and perhaps a little more protein for a balanced meal. We usually serve an additional protein with this, such as a bean salad and a green salad to round it out.

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