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Orange Vegetable Mac ‘n’ Cheese

Orange Vegetable Mac ‘n’ Cheese


Orange Veg Mac 'n' Cheese

Twist on a family favourite to help get more vegetables into everyone!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Course: Lunch Box, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Vegetarian
Servings: 4
Calories: 310kcal


  • 500 g Orange Root Veg (butternut squash/sweet potato/carrots)
  • 75 g Cheddar Cheese (grated)
  • 5 tbsp Milk (dairy or plant)
  • 400 g Wholemeal Pasta (or GF alternative)
  • 250 g Green Vegetables (broccoli/spinach/peas/kale)


  • Peel and dice your orange vegetables. Put them into a pan and cover with cold water. Bring to the boil then reduce heat and simmer until soft.
  • Bring another pan of water to the boil, add a little salt and then add the pasta. Cook for 8 minutes then add your green vegetables and cook for a further 2 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  • Grate the cheese and set aside.
  • Drain your cooked orange vegetables and put into a food processor (or a bowl if using a stick blender or potato masher). Add the milk and two-thirds of the cheese and blitz/mash until smooth.
  • Put the cooked pasta and green vegetables into an ovenproof dish. Pour the cheesy vegetable sauce over the top and mix well.
  • Scatter the remaining cheese over the top and pop into the over or under a grill for 5-10 minutes until the top is golden brown.


This sauce is a simple way to increase the quantity of vegetables in a comforting family favourite meal. Easier than making a flour based white sauce and far more nutritious. Orange root vegetables are packed full of vitamin A and C - both crucial for our health and immunity.
Even my vegetable dodging children love this dish and can cook it themselves too - double win.
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