Summer Veggie Mac and Cheese

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I know it’s not quite the season yet but I couldn’t pass up the zucchini and corn in the grocery store this week. Zucchini is probably my all time favorite vegetable, actually they might tie with tomatoes I’m not sure I can pick one over the other. Anyway, I had this idea of roasting all these vegetables together and adding them to a mac and cheese. You know me, I love a good mac and cheese so why not add some vegetables to it??

After roasting the vegetables they looked and smelled so good I was tempted to skip the rest and just eat them right out of the dish. I continued with the plan though and I’m glad I did. I debated over which cheese to use and ended up deciding on a cheddar and gruyere mix. The sweetness of the corn really makes this dish.ย  Now I have a feeling I’ll be making similar mac and cheese dishes for every season.

And of course I’m bringing this dish to Fiesta Friday! I had a great time co-hosting last week’s Fiesta Friday with Angie, Jhuls and Selma. I can’t wait to see what everyone else brings today!

Summer Veggie Mac and Cheese
2 ears of corn
2 zucchini
1 red bell pepper
1 onion
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
3/4 box medium shells pasta
3 Tablespoons butter
3 Tablespoons flour
2 cups of milk
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup shredded gruyere cheese
1/2 cup breadcrumbs

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Carefully cut the sides of the corn to remove the kernels and place them in a bowl. Cut the zucchini, pepper and onion into bite sized pieces and add them to the bowl with the corn. Toss the vegetables with the olive oil, salt, paprika and pepper. Pour the vegetable mixture into a large baking dish and bake for 35-40 minutes until the vegetables have softened.

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2. Bring a pot of water to a boil and add the pasta and cook until al dente. Drain the pasta into a strainer.

3. Add the butter to the pot on low heat. Once the butter has melted add the flour and whisk until combined. Next add the milk. When the milk begins to warm up, turn up the heat slightly, to about medium. Then add the cheeses and stir constantly until the cheese melts and you have a thick sauce.

4. When the vegetables are done take them out and add the cooked pasta to baking dish. Then add the cheese sauce on top. Combine the sauce with the pasta and vegetables until everything is combined. Add the breadcrumbs on top.

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5. Turn the oven down to 350 and bake the mac n cheese for about 25 minutes, until the top has browned. Enjoy!

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35 thoughts on “Summer Veggie Mac and Cheese

  1. Now i stole this to my scrapbook my kids go nuts for macaroni cheese and a veg one well tha tpleases mummy getting some veg in to their tummies. I hope your enjoying the party,please have some nibbles and wine. Justine, co host with Mr Fritz xx

  2. This looks fabulous, Alex! I’ll definitely be giving this a try now that all of the “good” veggies are finally available again. This is my kind of one bowl dinner…no meat required with something this delicious. [What a bummer – I missed your co-hosting duties last week!]

  3. This looks great! Anytime mac and cheese is involved, I’m in! Love all the fresh summer veggies that are added!

  4. My son loves Mac n Cheese, but I can’t get him to eat many veges. Hmmm …maybe this is the thing for us! Thanks for bringing it to FF. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Hi Alex – last week was so much fun with you and Jhuls! Wasn’t shortlisting difficult? I couldn’t decide and blamed it on my Zodiac sign (Libra)!! Your Mac n Cheese looks so good – I nearly got up and went to make some before I realised that I didn’t have enough milk inโ€ฆcraving this nowโ€ฆ.Happy Fiesta Friday!

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