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Hidden Veggie Mac & Cheese

Posted on September 02 2013

Determined to come up with something relatively healthy when my 2-year-old was having a particularly picky week, I came up with this recipe for Hidden Veggie Mac & Cheese.  Of course, it had to have the right orange color and the right shape pasta.  The verdict…  it was a hit!  The adults had this as a side dish the same night and everyone liked it.  The veggies I used all had a mild but slightly sweet flavor, so they blended right in and my daughter ate it, so it was a win.  It was a little dry as leftovers, so I recommend adding a splash of milk when you reheat it.

Ingredients  serves 8-10

  • 3 carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 1 small head of cauliflower, cut into pieces
  • 2 cups frozen butternut squash pieces
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 4 TBS butter
  • 16 oz elbow pasta


Cook the cauliflower and carrots covered in a saucepan filled about a 1/4 of the way with water for about 5-7 minutes.  Add the squash and cook 2-3 minutes more.  Drain the veggies and let them cool for a minute.

Meanwhile, cook the pasta according to the package directions.

Put the veggies in the blender with about 3/4 cup of water and puree until smooth.  Add the puree to a large sauce pan.  On medium-low heat, add in the milk, salt, cheddar, butter and cream cheese and stir until melted.

Drain the pasta, add to the sauce and stir.

That’s it!  A dish that’s good for picky eaters and the whole family.  Enjoy!

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  • Darshi: October 17, 2016

    Hi, love the recipe. Thank you for sharing. I have a question, I made a lot of gravy. Is there anyway I can freeze it and use tiny amounts as I make more pasta?

  • Sandi: September 18, 2016

    This came out really good but made a TON! My toddler liked it fresh but isn’t crazy about reheated portions. It seemed less creamy. Should I add more milk or butter when reheating?

  • frances: September 15, 2016

    Hi. Has anyone tried this with canned or frozen carrots? Thank you :)

  • Amanda : September 07, 2016

    To find out calories etc plug it into a receipe builder online it will tell you

  • Maggie: August 09, 2016

    I just made this for my hubby and daughter (14 months) and they LOVED it!! Of course I did too :) Do you by chance know the nutrition facts, or what the calories per serving are? Thanks!!!

  • Sophie: August 07, 2016

    This was great! I made it for my 4year old, whose favorite meal is plain pasta with butter. He devoured this all week :) on to my second batch with a small addition of spinach to the mix!

  • caroline: July 23, 2016

    I so wish you would put weights as well as cup measurements! Here in the UK I just can’t work out the amounts and it puts me right off which is such a shame as I love the look of some of these recipes.

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