Macaroni and Cheese with Special Features


Macaroni and Cheese was always a favorite of mine growing up.  Especially when my dad would make it from scratch. My kids love mac & cheese too, But I want them to get some nutrition out of it instead of  just cheese and pasta. ( I mean there is nothing wrong with just cheese and pasta). I am very thankful that my kids eat pretty much everything.  But they do have days just like any other kid where they either don’t feel good or aren’t in the mood to eat.  Another thing is that I don’t like to waste food, so I took some left over chicken, zucchini and summer squash from last night and mixed it in the mac and cheese. You can always put this in the oven as well topped with some bread crumbs.

Mac & Cheese Recipe


12 oz of Elbow pasta

4 cups of milk ( your prefence)

8 oz (3 cups) of Sharp Cheddar

Salt & Pepper

1/2 cup of All purpose flour

1 Stick of unsalted butter (8 Tablespoons)

1 cup of parm cheese


In a medium saucepan, heat the butter over medium heat until melted. Add the flour and stir until smooth. Over medium heat, cook until the mixture turns a light brown, about 5 minutes. 

Slowly while whisking add milk keep whisking until it is nice and smooth about 8 minutes or so.  Season with salt and pepper then add your cheeses and cooked pasta.

After all that was done I added all my ingredients chicken, broccoli, zucchini, summer squash.  Enjoy!

Tip: Cook your elbow pasta in the same water you used for the broccoli if possible


8 Comments Add yours

  1. Melisa R says:

    This looks great!

  2. LizForADay says:

    This is another win. I like the way you mixed it up. Looks yummy.

  3. grumpytyke says:

    Macaroni Cheese (we don’t put the & in in the UK) is one of my favourites, but we always eat it with a mixed salad which adds all the vitamins etc you could wish.

  4. anneb54 says:

    Yum! It’s always been one of my favourite comfort foods too.

  5. Mrs. Webmaster says:

    Oh that looks so yummy! I make gluten-free mac-n-cheese for my family, because my daughter and I are both celiacs, but I bet we could easily mix this up.

  6. Gizmo says:

    I do this too…Add a protein, some veggies and it makes my mac n cheese guilt-free 🙂

  7. Oooh healthy but naughty all at the same time! Got to try this…

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