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Carrot and Cauliflower Macaroni Cheese

A classic mac and cheese but this one's packed full of veggies.

80 mins
9 ingredients
$2 / person
Carrot and Cauliflower Macaroni Cheese

Credit: Woolworths


Ingredients

  • 400g carrots, cut in half lengthways, then sliced into half moon shapes
  • ½ cauliflower, cut into florets (approx half the size of your fist) of the same size
  • 2 cobs of sweet corn, cut the kernels
  • 300g macaroni pasta
  • 60g butter or spread
  • ¼ cup plain flour
  • 2 ¼ cups milk
  • 250g cottage cheese
  • ⅓ cup grated tasty cheese

It’s this easy

  • In a saucepan of boiling water cook the carrot for 15-20 minutes until tender. Remove the carrots with a slotted spoon and put the carrots in a food processor, you could also use a blender or stick blender.
  • Add the cauliflower and cook for 10 minutes until tender, add the corn and cook for 2 more minutes. Drain the water off by pouring the cauliflower and corn into a colander.
  • Process the carrots until smooth.
  • Preheat the oven to 180°c.
  • Cook the pasta in a saucepan of boiling water until just tender, drain off the water and add the cauliflower and corn.
  • Melt the butter or spread in a small saucepan over a medium heat. Stir in the flour and cook for 1 minute. Remove from the heat and slowly pour in the milk, stirring all the time until everything is combined. Place the pan back on the heat and simmer for 2 minutes.
  • Combine cottage cheese, half of the tasty cheese, carrot puree and vegetables and pour it all into a large oven proof dish. Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes or until golden.
  • Serve with a side of rocket.

Tweaks

  • For an extra cheesy bake add an extra 1 cup of grated parmesan.

Allergies

Contains: Gluten, Dairy, FODMAPs.
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