Homemade Mac ‘n Cheese with Winter Veggies
We gave the traditional Mac ‘n Cheese a little makeover by adding some seasonal vegetables and goat cheese. You could use other vegetables, whatever’s in season. Serve with a salad…see “today’s salad.”
- 2 cups cooked pasta
- 12 brussels sprouts
- 1 cup potatoes, chopped
- 1 cup winter squash, chopped in small pieces
- ½ onion, chopped
- 2 Tbsp flour
- 2 Tbsp butter (more if needed)
- 1 ½ cups milk
- 2 cups cheddar cheese
- 4 oz. goat cheese (cheap at the Grocery Outlet)
- 1 Tbsp chopped fresh thyme (or oregano, one or the other)
- 2 heaping Tbsp chopped parsley
- ½ Tbsp caraway
- Salt and pepper
Cook and drain pasta noodles of choice. Put Brussels sprouts, chopped potatoes, and winter squash chunks into a veggie steamer all together. I steamed the squash in larger chunks and then chopped and peeled it once it was soft. I cut the Brussels sprouts into quarters after they were also soft. Mix all the vegetables with the pasta in a casserole dish with a lid. Grate cheddar and chunk up goat cheese, and mix in with pasta. Reserve ¼ cup cheddar to put into sauce.
On the stove, melt 2 Tbsp butter in your skillet over low heat. (You can do this in your cast iron, but might be a little easier in a stainless steel skillet.) Add flour and whisk together with the butter over low heat. If the flour is burning or sticking to the skillet too much, you can add a little more butter. Add onions, milk, thyme, and salt and pepper to taste. Stir patiently until it begins to thicken. When it begins to thicken, stir in ¼ cup grated cheddar. Pour entire mixture over the pasta and veggies, stir together, cover and bake at 350 for half an hour or until all cheesy and bubbly.
Whilst your poor downstairs neighbor at McD’s, all alone. *tear*
You eat at McDs? Deb! We made this at Marty’s but I will have to cook for you soon! You still have your request in for that yummy maple dessert, and there’s a lot of beer in my fridge still from the party. We should have music and a meal one of these nights.
That looks fantastic. I must cure Marcia of her fear of butter.
Only 2 Tbsp of butter in the whole thing! I’d be more concerned about the 2 cups of cheese.
Marty, your Mac ‘n Cheese has come along ways since the Joy of Cooking. Probably with some help from Katie. Looking forwards to another Mac ‘n Cheese lesson.
Still the most read book in my house. I have a special meal for you my friend.