Roasted Vegetable Macaroni and Cheese

Roasted Vegetable Mac and Cheese -- pick out your favorite veggies and add them to this delicious, creamy, easy macaroni and cheese recipe! | gimmesomeoven.com

I made you an enormous pan of roasted veggies!

And…I might have whipped up a little mac and cheese to go with them.

(Or wait, was it the reverse?)

Either way, I’ve been craving comfort food galore lately while freezing my tail off this winter in Kansas City.  And when it comes to comfort food, it goes without saying that mac and cheese will forever and always have a spot at the top of that list.  But hey, when it comes to getting my veggie quotient for the day, it probably also goes without saying that roasted veggies are at the top of that list.  So a few weeks ago, I decided to bring together the best of both worlds.  And this creamy, colorful, oh-so-comforting pot of roasted veggie mac and cheese was born.

Roasted Vegetable Mac and Cheese -- pick out your favorite veggies and add them to this delicious, creamy, easy macaroni and cheese recipe! | gimmesomeoven.com

Actually, some of you long-time blog followers may recognize this recipe from way back in 2012 when I first shared it here on the blog.  It’s been one of my favorites for years, and when I made another batch of it for dinner a few weeks ago (along with my new Kale Caesar Salad recipe), I decided to snap some new pics along the way to give it this recipe a little 2016 update.

As you can see, the recipe is just as good and vibrant and delicious as ever.  :)

To make it, simply roast up a huge pan (or I actually spaced my veggies out onto two pans) of your favorite veggies, tossed with olive oil, salt and pepper.

Roasted Vegetable Mac and Cheese -- pick out your favorite veggies and add them to this delicious, creamy, easy macaroni and cheese recipe! | gimmesomeoven.com

Then while the veggies are roasting, whip up my favorite simple (and healthier!) mac and cheese recipe.  It uses evaporated 2% milk instead of heavy cream or sour cream, and is super quick and easy to make.  The one tip I’d give is to just use the sharpest cheese you can find for extra flavor (I used a sharp white cheddar this time).  And always always be sure to freshly grate a block of cheese rather than buy the pre-shredded stuff (otherwise it may not melt well).

Just cook up some of your favorite pasta, stir in the milk sauce mixture, and then add in your shredded cheese and stir it until it’s 100% melted…
Roasted Vegetable Mac and Cheese -- pick out your favorite veggies and add them to this delicious, creamy, easy macaroni and cheese recipe! | gimmesomeoven.com

…and then add in those gorgeous roasted veggies.  Just look at all of that color!!

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As always, this cheesy sauce seemed to totally disappear once it got behind a camera (so weird how cheesy sauces do that).  But I swear, these noodles and veggies are coated in a thick and creamy and oh-so-cheesy sauce that you’re going to love.  Well really, I’m pretty sure you’re just going to love the whole thing.

So cheers to comfort food with a healthier twist!  And for anyone else stuck in the midst of your own snowmageddons, I hope this keeps you nice and warm!

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Roasted Vegetable Macaroni & Cheese

This “Roasted Vegetable Macaroni & Cheese” overflows with delicious vegetables. And the creamy, lighter sauce is simple to make and full of flavor!

Ingredients:

  • 1 large red bell pepper, cored and diced
  • 1 medium sweet potato, peeled and diced
  • 1 yellow squash, de-stemmed and diced
  • 1 small head of broccoli florets, chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 (8-ounce) package button or baby portabella mushrooms, quartered
  • 1 small white onion, peeled and diced
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 head garlic, cloves peeled
  • 1 (12-ounce) can 2% evaporated milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • pinch of cayenne
  • 12 ounces elbow macaroni (or any shape of pasta)
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 8 ounces freshly-grated smoked or sharp white cheddar cheese (do not use pre-grated cheese)
  • 1/4 cup freshly-grated Parmesan cheese, plus extra for garnish

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400°F.  Prepare a large baking sheet (or two medium-sized baking sheets) with parchment paper or aluminum foil.

In a large bowl, toss diced vegetables with olive oil. Season with a few generous pinches of salt and pepper. Spread the vegetables out in an even layer on the baking sheet(s). Place the garlic cloves in the center of a sheet of aluminum foil, then wrap the foil around them to form a sealed packet and place the packet in the center of the baking sheet. Bake for 30-40 minutes, or until vegetables are soft and have begun to brown a bit around the edges, giving them a stir halfway through and checking on the garlic to be sure that it doesn’t burn.

While the vegetables are roasting, bring a large pot of generously-salted water to a boil, and cook the pasta until al dente. Drain the pasta, and then return the pasta to the pot and toss with butter over medium-high heat until melted.

Meanwhile, in a separate bowl, whisk together the evaporated milk, egg, salt, pepper, smoked paprika and cayenne until combined. As soon as the butter is melted with the macaroni, pour in the evaporated milk mixture and stir until combined. Continue cooking over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, for about 2-4 minutes, or until the sauce comes to a simmer.

Remove pan from heat and stir in the grated cheddar and Parmesan until melted. Then gently stir in the roasted vegetables and roasted garlic cloves until combined. Serve immediately, topped with extra Parmesan cheese if desired.

*Edited slightly in January 2016.

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99 comments on “Roasted Vegetable Macaroni and Cheese”

  1. Love all of the veggies!

  2. Yum, this looks seriously amazing!

  3. I cannot wait to make this and sneak some veggies into my husband’s diet! It looks so creamy and delicious!

  4. Love all the veggies here, this is my perfect mac and cheese!

  5. Sounds fantastic – love the creamy sauce!

  6. THIS mac n cheese needs to make an appearance in my life. I’ve never made homemade mac and cheese before, I must be an alien. But this one is a good place to start!!!

  7. I love your colorful creation. :) What a beautiful dish. This is totally my kind of comfort food.

  8. Anything that makes me feel less guilty about a big pot of mac and cheese is a winner. In fact, I think I’ll cook this up tonight! I have broccoli, mushrooms & peppers! Thanks :)

  9. This is definitely a sure way to get me to eat my veggies!

  10. This mac n’ cheese is gorgeous! The roasted veggies sound like an amazing addition. Perfect for summer!

  11. i love how clear and crisp and BRIGHT all your photos are. that looks sooo cheesy amazing!

  12. This is so pretty and your photos are stunning! My kids love, love, love mac and cheese (so do I) and they actually love it when I put veggies in it. I am definitely making this recipe for them soon! :)

  13. Okay, is it bad that I want the mac and cheese without all the veggies? They sure make it look beautiful but they just get in the way of the good stuff! To be fair, I don’t like veggies, which would explain my viewpoint. :) But I love that you made this dish healthier with some veggies! And waaay prettier. :)

  14. Oh.my.god…We made this for dinner tonight and it is quite possibly THE BEST mac and cheese we’ve ever had! Thank you so much!!!!

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  19. Made this for dinner and it was yummy! Thanks for the great recipe!

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  30. Yum!  I’ve certainly been craving comfort food myself but I haven’t been as on top of my veggie consumption (not so good!) so this looks like the perfect compromise!

    -Kelsey

  31. This looks so yummy! I like the added vegetables as I think a cheese sauce can get a little rich sometimes, even for a cheeseaholic like me. Will definitely have to give this one a try next time I’m feeling the call of mac and cheese!

  32. This is such a colorful beautiful salad. I just had breakfast and now I;m ready for an early lunch.

    • Thanks Celeste! We’re not sure which salad you’re referring to, but we hope you enjoy! :)

  33. All of the yummy veggies totally cancel out the cheese, right?! :) I love roast veggies and it is such a smart addition to mac and cheese! Can’t wait to try this!

  34. This looks amazing! I love mac and cheese, but sometimes I feel guilty eating it and neglecting my veggies. What a great way to enjoy both!

  35. Can’t  wait to try, looks wonderful!

  36. I want all of this right now! This is exactly what my dinner needs to be tonight!! 

  37. What a great way to incorporate more veggies!
    Kari

  38. I’m making this right now and am so excited to dig in!  I added leeks and carrots (no sweet potatoes or red peppers) and am going to pop it in the oven for a bit after it’s done so that it can get some of that crispy-edges deliciousness.  Can’t wait! 

    • That’s awesome Dana, we hope you enjoy it (and we think those leeks and carrots sound super yummy)!

  39. Umm YUM! This looks seriously delish. 

    x Lisa

  40. Love Mac & Cheese. Love mixing in other ingredients. This looks very delicious. 

  41. I’ve been needing a “healthier” mac n cheese in my life for awhile now, and looks like this may fill that void!

    Josh | The Kentucky Gent
    http://thekentuckygent.com

  42. This looks delicious! Do you know if this freezes well? 

    • Thanks Tara, we hope you like it! And hmm, we haven’t tried freezing this ourselves, and while it may work, the amount of dairy in it typically isn’t ideal for freezing.

  43. Could you do regular milk instead of condensed?

  44. This looks amazing!  Best of both worlds :))

  45. Looks awesome! Could you sub in regular milk instead of condensed? Why does milk in a can sound weird to me ;)

    • Thanks Carly, we hope you enjoy! And yes, we think regular milk will work just fine! :)

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  47. Yum! Roasted vegetables never looked so good!

  48. What a define comfort food!
    Thank-you!