Gluten Free Veggie-Loaded Mac ‘N Cheese

This recipe is far more colourful than the classic version, thanks to the addition of butternut squash and carrots.

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Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Serves: 6


  • 1 pkg Italpasta Gluten Free Elbows
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 cup butternut squash, chopped
  • 1 cup carrot(s), finely chopped
  • 3 clove garlic
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp mustard powder
  • 1 pinch ground nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese, grated


  • Preheat oven to 400°F (200C). Grease baking dish; set aside.
  • In large pot of boiling salted water, cook squash, carrots and garlic cloves for 8 to 10 minutes or until tender. Meanwhile, cook macaroni in separate pot of boiling salted water according to package directions; drain, reserving 1/2 cup (125 mL) cooking liquid.
  • In food processor or blender, purée cooked vegetables, reserved cooking liquid, milk, oil, salt, pepper, mustard powder and nutmeg until smooth. Stir in 2/3 of the Cheddar cheese and 1/2 of the Parmesan cheese.
  • Toss pasta with vegetable sauce; spread evenly in prepared pan. Sprinkle with remaining Cheddar and Parmesan cheese. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown and bubbling.


Use aged, medium or mild Cheddar cheese, depending on preference.
Garnish with finely chopped fresh parsley or green onions if desired.

Nutritional Analysis

Calories: 500kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 23g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 670mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g