Last Updated on June 3, 2015 by Chef Mireille
Blogging Marathon #22
Theme: Kid’s Delight – Healthy Makeover
Baked Macaroni & Cheese, called Macaroni Pie in the Caribbean, is a kid favorite (the Caribbean version includes egg, which makes it bind even more). The cheese sauce is usually made starting with a roux of butter and flour. Milk or cream is then added and finally the cheese. This luscious cheese sauce is then tossed with cooked macaroni and baked in the oven. A fat laden bowl of deliciousness, with little health value.
Here is a lightened up version of this kid favorite with some veggies sneaked in to add more healthful benefits to this.
(click here for printable recipe)
1 lb. box of macaroni, rotini or fusilli (use whole grain or vegetable enriched pasta for added health value)
1 lb. package of mixed frozen vegetables (the most popular kid favorite will be peas & carrots, although I used a blend of broccoli, cauliflower and carrots)
10 3/4 oz. can cream condensed soup (I used cream of broccoli, but you can use cream of celery, cream of asparagus or cream of mushroom)
1/2 cup water
8 oz. cheddar cheese, grated
4 oz. pepper jack cheese, grated
Preheat oven to 350 F.
Cook pasta according to package instructions.
In a small saucepan, heat soup and water for about 3 minutes until combined and soup starts to boil.
In a large bowl, mix soup, cooked pasta, vegetables, 4 oz. of the cheddar cheese and all of the pepper jack cheese. Mix to combine. The soup includes salt and seasonings, however you can add extra herbs and spices if you like. Transfer mix to a large casserole dish.
Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top.
Bake in oven until cheese is melted, about 30 minutes.
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Kid’s Delight hosted by Rasi
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Love this lighter version of Mac&cheese and the last click is too tempting..
I love how the cheese has spread..looks so inviting..
Omg, seriously you are killing me with this irresistible mac &cheese, definitely a prefect treat for me.
The Pumpkin Farm
wow this one looks better than the mac n cheese on masterchef last week…and with veggies
wow, it looks great 🙂
Love the addition of cream of brocolli soup, should try this next time I make mac n cheese for kiddos. Nice recipe!
That is one colourful and yummy looking dish Mir!
Colorful and looks yummyyyy
wow that is so colorful!! nicely done Mireille
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I love to have mac n cheese any time but couldn't have it because of my health problems. Any way that looks so delicious tempting me..
Mac & Cheese is one of my favorite pasta dish, but my husband is not a big fan of it. So I don't make it at home 🙁 Your pics are too tempting, may be I'll make it for myself sometime.
Wow Again one more Awesome recipe