Cheesy Mac ‘N Veggies

Cheesy Mac ‘N Veggies

Yields: 2 quarts

Macaroni and cheese is one of those kid friendly comfort foods that everyone loves! So how about making it healthy, and filling it with vegetables? You can't go wrong with this recipe! It's been kid-tested, and picky adult-tested, with 98% positive response! You can hardly tell it isn't real cheese! So now that I've got you all curious… here's the recipe!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword cheese, Macaroni
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Cooling Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 8 cups
Calories 276 kcal


COOK in 2 quarts boiling salt water

  • 2 cups pasta

STEAM 3 minutes

  • cup carrots sliced

ADD to carrots and STEAM 6 minutes

  • 3 cups cauliflower (cut into small flowerettes)

BLEND until a smooth

  • ½ cup cashews OR blanched almonds
  • 14 oz coconut milk full fat (not light)
  • 4 oz pimento jar OR one red bell pepper
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast optional


  1. COOK noodles al dente, drain, and set aside.

  2. STEAM veggies, drain, and add to noodles. Keep some of the vegetable liquid for later.

  3. POUR blender mixture into kettle and bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring constantly.

  4. POUR over noodles and veggies and gently stir.

  5. USE 1 cup vegetables broth to rinse out blender and put into noodles.

  6. LET sit for 10 minutes for noodles to absorb liquid.

  7. ADD more vegetable broth as needed, until desired consistency.

Recipe Notes

I like to use the Tinkyada brown rice pasta, because it’s gluten-free and tastes amazing! You can use either their elbows or their fusilli and it’s amazing!

You can use broccoli, instead of cauliflower, just cook less.

Nutrition Facts
Cheesy Mac 'N Veggies
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 276 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Sodium 622mg27%
Potassium 482mg14%
Carbohydrates 30g10%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 4386IU88%
Vitamin C 34mg41%
Calcium 39mg4%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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