May 30, 2012

Summer Vegetable Macaroni and Cheese

My husband and I made this macaroni and cheese dish together over the weekend, and it was absolutely delicious! I highly recommend it for all you mac n cheese lovers. Thomas and I both really loved it! The recipe is from Ezra Pound Cake (found on Pinterest, of course!), and we made just a few small changes.


Ingredients:
8 oz of elbow macaroni pasta

Vegetables:
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 cup broccoli, chopped
1 cup yellow squash, chopped
1/2 cup carrots, chopped
1 small onion, peeled and chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
2 minced garlic cloves

Cheese Sauce: 
2 lightly beaten eggs
1 (12oz) can evaporated milk
1 tablespoon of mustard 
1 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of black pepper 
a splash of hot sauce
2 1/2 cups of extra sharp grated cheddar cheese 
1/2 cup ricotta cheese (part skim)

Topping:
3 roma tomatoes, sliced 
3 tablespoons Italian breadcrumbs
1/3 cup shredded parmesan cheese 

Directions:
1. Cook the macaroni according the the directions on the box.  After it's finished cooking, drain it, cover it, and set it to the side.

2. While the pasta is cooking, heat the butter and oil in a large skillet on medium heat.  Once it's heated, add the vegetables and garlic.  Saute until the vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and lightly grease a 9x13 pan. 

3. Stir the macaroni and vegetables together in the pot with the macaroni

4. To make the sauce, whisk the eggs, mustard, milk, salt, pepper, and hot sauce together.  Pour it over the macaroni and vegetables. 

5.  Add in the Cheddar and ricotta cheese and mix it well until everything is evenly coated.

6. Pour the mixture into a lightly greased 13x9 pan.  Top with the sliced tomatoes.  Sprinkle the Parmesan cheese and breadcrumbs on top.

7. Bake for about 15-20 minutes, or until it's golden brown. 

I hope you enjoy it as much as we did! It made a huge 13x9 dish, which was perfect for the two of us because we've been eating it as leftovers.  

Love,
Caitlin 

6 comments:

  1. oh wow..this looks delicious!! my kids love mac and cheese and I like to make it in the crock pot when there are a lot of kids here...last week I substituted cauliflower...was not a very big hit!! I will definitely try your recipe..the sauce looks great!

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    1. Yum, I love cauliflower! I'll have to try making some in the crockpot.

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  2. That looks amazing! I love big yummy dishes that are great as leftovers :)

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    1. Me too! It's always nice to have some nights where you don't have to cook.

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  3. I agree, this looks wonderful! Joey is a huge fan of cheese but doesn't like vegetables so much, so this sounds like a good way for me to sneak some into his diet :)

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    1. Haha I am always trying to find ways Thomas likes eating vegetables! :)

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