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Easy 15-Minute Vegetarian Macaroni and Cheese

This Easy 15-Minute Vegetarian Macaroni and Cheese is the perfect quick and easy weeknight meal idea! It's packed with veggies and it's kid-friendly!

Course Dinner, Snack
Cuisine American, Canadian, Healthy
Keyword Easy 15-Minute Vegetarian Macaroni and Cheese, Healthy Macaroni and Cheese, Vegetarian Macaroni and Cheese
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 853 kcal
Author Chrissie (thebusybaker.ca)

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon all purpose flour
  • 1 cup low fat milk
  • salt and pepper (to taste)
  • a dash of Sriracha (for flavour, not heat!)
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 package Barilla Ready Pasta Cut Macaroni
  • 2 cups chopped/shredded veggies (I use 1 1/2 cups chopped broccoli and 1/2 cup shredded carrots)
  • 3/4 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter

Instructions

  1. Set your oven to preheat to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and quickly grease 4 small baking dishes or ramekins with butter or cooking spray (crème brulee dishes work great!).

  2. Heat a small pot over medium heat and add the butter to melt.

  3. Add the flour and whisk together, continuing to whisk over the heat for one minute.

  4. Turn the heat to low and add the milk in a slow, steady stream, whisking constantly so the mixture gets nice and thick and smooth. 

  5. Add the salt and pepper and Sriracha, stirring until combined.

  6. Stir in the cheese until it melts into the smooth sauce. Turn off the heat and set the cheese sauce aside.

  7. Prepare the Barilla Ready Pasta according to the package directions (vent the package and cook for only one minute!).

  8. Stir the cooked Barilla Ready Pasta and the chopped veggies into the cheese sauce.

  9. Divide the macaroni and cheese evenly between the baking dishes.

  10. Stir the breadcrumbs and melted butter together in a small bowl and sprinkle the mixture over the tops of the macaroni and cheese in the baking dishes.

  11. Bake for about 7-8 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit until the tops are golden brown and the cheese is bubbly.

  12. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts
Easy 15-Minute Vegetarian Macaroni and Cheese
Amount Per Serving
Calories 853 Calories from Fat 270
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 30g 46%
Saturated Fat 18g 90%
Cholesterol 85mg 28%
Sodium 774mg 32%
Potassium 590mg 17%
Total Carbohydrates 107g 36%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Sugars 8g
Protein 35g 70%
Vitamin A 25.4%
Vitamin C 49.9%
Calcium 56.7%
Iron 18.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.