14 Fresh Mac and Cheese Recipes Made with Vegetables

There are a lot of things to love about a mac and cheese dinner. Mainly, cheese —— lots and lots of gooey, melty cheese. Also, pasta (coated in cheese!). And though it’s incredibly delicious, mac and cheese isn’t known as a health food. But take heart, because with just a few modifications (adding vegetables), you can enjoy every ounce of your mac, and maybe even have seconds.

Sound good? Of course it does. Head below for 14 fresh mac and cheese recipes that go big on the vegetables and make for a family dinner that beats the boxed stuff every time.

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    14 Fresh Mac and Cheese Recipes Made with Vegetables

    Beat the box! Check out these 14 fresh mac and cheese recipes packed with delicious vegetables.

  • Spinach and Feta Mac and Cheese 2 of 15
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    Give everyone's favorite casserole a grown-up twist with the incredible flavors of feta and spinach. This recipe's so good, you may not want to share it with the kids.
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Shaina Olmanson

  • Mac and Cheese with Roasted Parsnips 3 of 15
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    Sweet roasted parsnips lend a subtle sweetness and plenty of creamy texture to this wonderful homemade mac and cheese recipe.
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Brooklyn Supper

  • Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese 4 of 15
    14 Fresh Mac and Cheese Recipes Made with Vegetables

    This might just be the ultimate in veggie-laden mac and cheese recipes. Featuring delicious butternut squash, plus unexpected flavor enhancers like Vidalia onion, Dijon mustard, and panko breadcrumbs, this mac is certain to impress guests of any age.
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Aimee Wimbush-Borque

  • Homemade Mac and Greens 5 of 15
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    Add some cheer to the grayest of days with this delicious recipe for homemade mac and greens, made with a hint of smoky ham and frozen peas.
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Brooke McLay

  • Green Chile Mac and Cheese 6 of 15
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    Turn up the heat! This mildly spiced take on mac and cheese is made with the unexpected flavors of poblano peppers, cilantro, garlic, and scallions!
    Spoonful has the recipe
    Image: Spoonful.com

  • Mac and Cheese Baked Potatoes 7 of 15
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    Look, if you're going to carbo-load, you may as well have a great time doing it! This over-the-top recipe might just be the perfect comfort food. And if you're looking to make things just a bit healthier, try subbing in a nutrient-rich baked sweet potato (and then have seconds).
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Kelsey Banfield

  • Sneaky Stovetop Mac 8 of 15
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    We're all about being straightforward when it comes to vegetable consumption, but sometimes, whether it's because of an all-out vegetable strike or just a sweets-filled weekend, us parents have to deliver the vegetables by any means necessary. That's where this easy peasy stovetop mac with pureed winter squash comes in. They'll get actual nutrients and you can rest easy.
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Caroline Lubbers of Whipped

  • Gluten-Free Parsnip ‘Mac’ and Cheese 9 of 15
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    If you're gluten-free, or just trying to limit your carb intake, then this is the recipe for you! Delicious roasted parsnips are subbed in for traditional pasta, and the results are surprisingly tasty.
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Brooklyn Supper

  • Stovetop Pesto Mac 10 of 15
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    Put that leftover pesto to good use with this recipe for stovetop pesto mac and cheese with broccoli. A healthy, delicious dinner can be yours in minutes!
    Oh My Veggies has the recipe
    Image: Oh My Veggies

  • Veggie Mac 11 of 15
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    Go all in on the vegetable front with this scrumptious recipe for vegetable mac and cheese featuring summer squash and broccoli.
    Babble Food has the recipe
    Image: Macki West

  • Southwest Mac and Cheese 12 of 15
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    Add a little smoky deliciousness and a pile of veggies to your mac with this flavorful mac and cheese inspired by southwestern flavors.
    Kitchen Treaty has the recipe
    Image: Kitchen Treaty

  • Sausage Vegetable Mac and Cheese 13 of 15
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    Cook up a colorful macaroni and cheese feast! This mac and cheese recipe features spicy chicken sausage, a rainbow of sweet peppers, scallions, zucchini, and lots of spice for an unforgettable family dinner.
    Running to the Kitchen has the recipe
    Image: Running to the Kitchen

  • Stovetop Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese 14 of 15
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    Pureed butternut squash lends a sweet creaminess to this incredibly easy stovetop mac and cheese recipe.
    Always Order Dessert has the recipe
    Image: Always Order Dessert

  • Lemon Mac and Cheese-Stuffed Poblano Peppers 15 of 15
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    Try a spicy take on everyday mac with this recipe for mac-stuffed poblano peppers.
    Spa Bettie has the recipe
    Image: Spa Bettie

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