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9 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 9 fresh mac and cheese recipes that go big on the vegetables and make for a family dinner that beats the boxed stuff every time.

SPINACH AND FETA MAC AND CHEESE

Image Source: Shaina Olmanson
Image Source: Shaina Olmanson

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

MAC AND CHEESE WITH ROASTED PARSNIPS

Image Source: Brooklyn Supper
Image Source: Brooklyn Supper

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

MAC AND CHEESE BAKED POTATOES

Image Source: Kelsey Banfield
Image Source: Kelsey Banfield

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

SNEAKY STOVETOP MAC

Image Source: Caroline Lubbers
Image Source: Caroline Lubbers

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

STOVETOP PESTO MAC

Image Source: Oh My Veggies
Image Source: Oh My Veggies

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

SOUTHWEST MAC AND CHEESE

Image Source: Kitchen Treaty
Image Source: Kitchen Treaty

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

SAUSAGE VEGETABLE MAC AND CHEESE

Image Source: Running to the Kitchen
Image Source: Running to the Kitchen

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

STOVETOP BUTTERNUT SQUASH MAC AND CHEESE

Image Source: Always Order Dessert
Image Source: Always Order Dessert

Pureed butternut squash lends a sweet creaminess to this incredibly easy stovetop mac and cheese recipe.
Always Order Dessert has the recipe

LEMON MAC AND CHEESE-STUFFED POBLANO PEPPERS

Image Source: Spabettie
Image Source: Spabettie

Try a spicy take on everyday mac with this recipe for mac-stuffed poblano peppers.
Spabettie has the recipe

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