Kids love mac and cheese. It has been a staple with my kids and they are picky with a capital P. They are not fans of veggies, so I have to be creative with the way I present them. In the past I have sneaked them into Carrot Muffins and Spinach Muffins. Today, I am sharing a recipe for some deliciously cheesy Hidden Veggie Baked Mac and Cheese. It is so good that you won’t believe there are veggies in there.
Most of this baked mac and cheese recipe is made on the stove top. You just throw it in the oven for the last bit to bake.
You can certainly up the level of cheesiness in this recipe. I thought 2 1/2 cups were plenty, but you could go for 3 cups and have the ultimate cheesy meal. We used a cheddar/jack mix but you can use all cheddar if you want.
The secret veggie in the baked mac and cheese? Carrots! I pureed them ahead of time and froze them in an ice cube tray. They I just popped them out as needed.
I used one cup of thawed pureed carrot, but as with the cheese, you can up the amount of carrot. If you choose to do this, taste it as you go along to make sure you are not adding so much that it changes the taste of the dish.
After adding the milk and mixing all the ingredients, I poured it into a 2 1/2 quart CorningWare baking dish and popped it in the oven.
Thirty minutes later, my kids were chowing down on some scrumptious mac and cheese never knowing that they were getting some nutritious carrots as well. Mission accomplished!
This is a great recipe to bring to a potluck. This would also be delicious to make with some chicken, ham or other kind of meat mixed in. Yum! I’m getting hungry just thinking about it.
Hidden Veggie Baked Mac and Cheese
- 16 oz package of elbow macaroni
- 6 tablespoons of butter
- 2 1/2 cups of a mixture of shredded cheddar and jack cheeses
- 1 cup of milk
- 1 cup pureed carrot
- 1/4 teaspoon of salt
- pepper to taste
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Boil pasta according to package directions.
3. Drain and return to pot.
4. Stir in butter over low heat until butter is melted. Remove from heat.
5. Stir in cheese.
6. Add in defrosted carrot puree and stir to combine.
7. Add milk, salt and pepper.
8. Transfer to a 2 1/2 quart greased baking dish and bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.
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