Healthy Mac and Cheese Recipe

It’s fall so I’ve been making up for lost time in the kitchen (from it being too hot to cook this summer) and whipping up all sorts of comfort food, like this healthy mac and cheese recipe.

Healthy mac and cheese with a roasted vegetable cheese sauce. Pin this healthy recipe to your healthy dinner ideas board! I love healthy mac and cheese recipes. | The Bewitchin' Kitchen

Healthy mac and cheese with a roasted vegetable cheese sauce. Pin this healthy recipe to your healthy dinner ideas board! I love healthy mac and cheese recipes. | The Bewitchin' Kitchen

With this healthy mac and cheese recipe I did a few things to make it a healthier alternative to regular mac and cheese:

  1. I switched to whole wheat macaroni and cut the amount in half.
  2. To bulk up the dish I added broccoli with the macaroni.
  3. I roasted a bunch of vegetables up, pureed them and added them to the cheese sauce (just like I did with the Roasted Vegetable Quinoa Bake).
  4. I swapped cream and milk for Almond Fresh Unsweetened Almond Milk to reduce the calories.

Healthy mac and cheese with a roasted vegetable cheese sauce. Pin this healthy recipe to your healthy dinner ideas board! I love healthy mac and cheese recipes. | The Bewitchin' Kitchen

Don’t be startled that I used almond milk in this recipe, I cook with it often and I can never taste a difference. There are health benefits to using almond milk as well, such as:

  • Lower in Calories than 2% milk. *
  • Excellent Source of Calcium and Vitamin D
  • Low Sodium
  • Good Source of Vitamin E
  • Source of 9 Essential Nutrients **
  • Lactose and Dairy Free
  • Low Fat
  • Cholesterol Free

 

Healthy Mac and Cheese Recipe

Healthy mac and cheese with a roasted vegetable cheese sauce. Pin this healthy recipe to your healthy dinner ideas board! I love healthy mac and cheese recipes. | The Bewitchin' Kitchen

Healthy mac and cheese with a roasted vegetable cheese sauce. Pin this healthy recipe to your healthy dinner ideas board! I love healthy mac and cheese recipes. | The Bewitchin' Kitchen
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Healthy Mac and Cheese Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 cups whole wheat macaroni uncooked
  • 2 cups broccoli

For The Roasted Vegetable Puree

  • 2 cups roughly chopped carrots
  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 cup water

For The Cheese Sauce:

  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1 onion
  • 2 tsps minced garlic
  • 11/2 tbsp flour
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese cubed (generous)
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 tsp mustard powder
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

Topping:

  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup panko crumbs
  • Red pepper flakes optional

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425F.

For The Roasted Vegetables:

  • Chop up cauliflower, red pepper, and carrots. Place on a baking tray and roast for 35 minutes (or until slightly charred - check the bottoms to make sure it's not actually burning).

Meanwhile cook the macaroni, set aside.

  • Once the vegetables are done, let them cool for a few minutes. Then you're going to puree them:
  • Using a high powered blender, add all of your vegetables and half a cup of water. Puree.

For The Cheese Sauce:

  • In a medium stock pot over medium heat, melt your butter, add onions and cook until translucent. Add your garlic, I'm fairly generous and may add an extra clove.
  • Add flour, stir and add the almond milk. Let bubble for a minute or two and add the cup of cubed cheese. Stir until melted and add the pureed vegetables. Add salt, Worcestershire sauce, mustard powder, pepper, and thyme.
  • Add the sauce to the cooked macaroni, stir to combine. Add broccoli, stir again.

Putting it together:

  • Butter a 9x13 baking pan add quinoa and top with 1 cup of shredded cheese and panko crumbs. Sprinkle with red pepper flakes (optional).
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes or until cheese is melted and brown and beautiful.
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Disclosure: I was compensated for my time and recipe creation but (as always) all opinions are my own.

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10 comments on “Healthy Mac and Cheese Recipe”

  1. This looks so good!! Love the crunchy looking topping!! 🙂

  2. WOW! This recipe look s AMAZING! I’m pinning now to make soon.

  3. When I first saw the title of this post I frowned because I love Mac n Cheese but I have a dairy allergy. But then I bean reading and saw you used Almond Milk (my saviour) and I’m thinking I can come up with a cheddar substitute too. Thanks for sharing. It looks so good!

  4. Love comfort foods that warm the soul! This looks so great

  5. Yum, I love all the “hidden” veggies in this. I think my kids would love it.

  6. This dish looks divine! Thanks for sharing with us at Merry Monday.

  7. Pleasantly surprised with this meal. I was nervous because when I blended the roasted veggies they had a very strong bell pepper smell and I was afraid that would overpower the flavor of the Mac and cheese. But it didn’t! It turned out delicious! I also didn’t bake it with the extra cheese and bread crumbs… I just left it as Mac and cheese with broccoli and steamed the broccoli prior to mixing it in. Andddddd I accidentally forgot to add onion… oops! It was still amazing! Five stars!

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