Roasted Veggie Mac and Cheese

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Most of the time when we have macaroni and cheese we eat it as a side dish.   If I’m being very truthful I’ll tell you that we mostly eat boxed mac and cheese because it’s just so easy to make.  I don’t have to worry about buying different kinds of cheese, the noodles, and everything else needed to make it homemade.

Roasted Vegetable Mac n Cheese is a delicious and hearty winter holiday side dish.

However, when I’m making macaroni and cheese as an entree I always want it to be homemade.  I also have to think about what I can add to the dish so that it’s filling enough to be considered an entree.  That isn’t always easy because while a lot of people add ham to their mac I don’t eat ham so that’s not something I would ever add.

I recently saw a Roasted Veggie Mac and Cheese and thought it sounded really good.  While there were vegetables listed I knew I could use whatever I had in the refrigerator which was another point for this dish.  I ended up using broccoli, cauliflower, a bell pepper, and Brussels Sprouts.  I think the broccoli and cauliflower are definitely needed because they are pretty hearty vegetables and taste so good roasted.

Then I had to worry about the cheese.  I always use sharp cheddar cheese when I’m making mac and cheese but this time I added in creamy Havarti as well.  I figured the difference between the sharp cheese and the smooth and creamy cheese would make a delicious sauce and I was right!

Mac n Cheese with Roasted Vegetables is a vegetarian side dish with some substenance

This macaroni and cheese makes a lot.  I was surprised by how much we had left over after dinner which was great because I used it as a side dish for the next few days.  The vegetables were roasted which added tons of flavor to this dish.  The sauce was creamy with a slight bite and tasted great on both the pasta and vegetables. 

While I thought this was the perfect entree mac and cheese I know my husband was missing some meat.  Next time I would add some bacon to the pasta and I think that would help him.  This would be an awesome side dish at the holidays because it’s hearty but vegetarian so a lot of different people could enjoy it.   You could also make roast the veggies a day ahead of time then put it all together the next day to serve.

Roasted Vegetable Mac n Cheese is a delicious and hearty winter holiday side dish.

Roasted Veggie Mac and Cheese

A hearty macaroni and cheese mixed with tons of roasted veggies and a delightful sharp cheddar and creamy Havarti sauce.
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Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Author: Hezzi-D


  • 8 oz. broccoli cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 10 oz. cauliflower cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 bell pepper chopped
  • 10 oz. Brussels Sprouts quartered
  • 1 teaspoons olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 12 oz. elbow pasta
  • 1 teaspoons butter
  • 1/4 c. onion minced
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/4 c. flour
  • 2 c. low fat milk
  • 1 c. vegetable broth
  • 1 1/4 c. sharp cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1 c. Havarti cheese shredded
  • 2 teaspoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese


  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with foil and spray with cooking spray.
  • Toss the broccoli, cauliflower, pepper, ad Brussels Sprouts with the olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  • Spread the vegetables out on the baking sheet in a single layer.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes, stirring once. Remove from oven.
  • Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  • Melt the butter in a large saute pan over medium heat.
  • Add in the onion and cook for 2 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minutes.
  • Stir in the flour and cook until flour mixture is golden.
  • Whisk in the milk slowly. Whisk in the broth. Increase heat to medium high and bring to a boil. Cook for 5 minutes or until the mixture thickens.
  • Remove from heat and stir in the cheeses.
  • Add the pasta and the roasted vegetables to the sauce and stir to combine.


Recipe adapted from Cooking Light 2017

Looking for the perfect side dish for the holidays? Mac n Cheese with Roasted Vegetables is delicious and easy to make!

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