This Healthy Vegetable Mac & Cheese recipe is a delicious, easy, weeknight dinner or side dish made in 25 minutes that your kids will love! Use your favorite vegetables to make this veggie mac & cheese suit your family's tastes!
Course Appetizer, Main Course, side, Side Dish
Keyword healthy mac and cheese, macaroni and cheese with vegetables, toddler meal ideas, toddler meals, vegetable mac and cheese, vegetable macaroni and cheese
Cook elbow macaroni according to package instructions. Be sure to add ¼ tsp salt to the water used to boil the noodles.
Drain, do NOT rinse, and set aside.
While macaroni is cooking, add 1 TBS olive oil and diced/shredded veggies to a medium sauté pan and sprinkle with salt.
Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 5-7 minutes until the veggies are soft but slightly firm.
Remove from heat and set aside.
Make the cheese sauce:
Mix flour, sea salt, and garlic powder together in a small bowl. Set aside.
In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter.
When butter is melted, add flour mixture and whisk to combine.
Cook for 1 minute until mixture is slightly brown.
Add 1 cup milk and whisk until the mixture is smooth.
Add sour cream (or Greek yogurand whisk until smooth.
Cook on medium-high heat until the mixture is thickened (about 3 minutes), stirring occasionally. Do not let it boil.
Once mixture is thick (sticks to the back of the spatula), reduce heat to low and add cheese. Whisk until cheese is melted and mixture is smooth. Taste and add more salt/seasoning if desired.
Put it together:
Add cooked elbow macaroni to the pot of cheese sauce and stir until the sauce is evenly distributed.
Add sautéed veggies and stir. Serve warm!
Veggie suggestions: In this recipe, I used 1 cup shredded zucchini and 1 cup diced broccoli. Other ideas: yellow squash, carrots, bell peppers, onions, peas, tomatoes, cauliflower, butternut squash, etc.
Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Reheat on the stovetop or in the microwave. You may need to add another 1-2 TBS of milk to make the mac and cheese creamy again after storing!