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Creamy Vegetable Macaroni and Cheese

Creamy Vegetable Macaroni and Cheese
  • Prep 25 min
  • Total 1 hr 10 min
  • Ingredients 7
  • Servings 4

Looking for a cheesy pasta recipe? Then serve your family with this delicious casserole made using vegetables and pasta. ...MORE+ LESS-

Ingredients

6
oz. (1 1/2 cups) uncooked elbow macaroni
1
(1-lb.) pkg. frozen broccoli florets, carrots and cauliflower
1
(8-oz.) pkg. pasteurized prepared cheese product, cubed (2 cups)
1/2
cup milk
1/4
teaspoon salt
1/4
teaspoon dry mustard
1/8
teaspoon pepper

Steps

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  • 1
    Heat oven to 425°F. Spray 2-quart casserole with nonstick cooking spray. In large saucepan, cook macaroni to desired doneness as directed on package. Add vegetables; cook 1 minute. Drain; rinse with hot water.
  • 2
    In sprayed casserole, combine cooked macaroni-vegetable mixture and all remaining ingredients; mix well. Cover.
  • 3
    Bake at 425°F. for 25 minutes. Remove from oven; stir to blend cheese. Cover; bake an additional 5 to 10 minutes or until thoroughly heated and cheese is completely melted. Let stand 5 minutes. Stir just before serving.

Expert Tips

  • Nonstick cooking spray is oil that's mixed with air as it's dispensed, allowing you to coat the bottom of a pan with a much thinner layer than would be possible with liquid oil. It's also useful for giving a spritz of flavor to vegetables, salads and grilled foods. Disposable cans of nonstick spray have been available for many years; now, you can also buy reusable dispensers that convert any cooking oil into a spray.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 1/2 Cups
Calories
370
Calories from Fat
130
% Daily Value
Total Fat
14g
22%
Saturated Fat
8g
40%
Cholesterol
35mg
12%
Sodium
960mg
40%
Total Carbohydrate
44g
15%
Dietary Fiber
4g
16%
Sugars
10g
Protein
18g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
70%
70%
Vitamin C
30%
30%
Calcium
40%
40%
Iron
10%
10%
Exchanges:
2 Starch; 1/2 Fruit; 2 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 1 1/2 Vegetable; 1 1/2 High-Fat Meat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
More About This Recipe
  • When making macaroni and cheese in a casserole dish, you’ll want to take care with how long you boil your noodles. Since baked mac and cheese dishes call for you to essentially cook your noodles twice, a common mistake is to boil them too long on the stove, leaving you with a mushy mess when the dish comes out of the oven. In recipes like this Creamy Vegetable Macaroni and Cheese that call for a significant amount of time in the oven, you’ll want to boil your noodles to just before “al dente.” Al dente directly translates to “to the tooth,” and basically means that the pasta is cooked, but is still firm. By cooking your macaroni for about five minutes, or before it reaches al dente on the stove, you’ll ensure that your baked mac doesn’t come out all mushy—the noodles will absorb more liquid when baked in the sauce! Now that you know the tips to cooking the best macaroni noodles, make macaroni and cheese all of the time with these simple recipes.

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