Our family does what it can to add as much nutrition to existing dishes as we can through an approach we like to call Cherry-on-Top. As in our previous Cherry on Top blog posts (see here and here). One of our go-tos, especially during the summer months and the CSA bounty is overflowing, is roasted vegetables. It’s easy to throw spare veggies into any recipe after roasting them. My favorite, but really my kids favorite, to add them to is Mac and Cheese!
Yum yum yum!
Here’s my recipe for stove top mac and cheese. Get creative and add any roasted vegetables you’d like!
Here’s what you’ll need for the mac and cheese:
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1/4 cup flour
- 3 1/2 cups milk
- 1 pound cheddar cheese, grated
- Salt + pepper to taste
- 1 pound macaroni, cooked
For the roasted veggies, all you need are the spare vegetables in your fridge or whatever you choose from the grocery store. This time I went with: brussels sprouts, broccoli, and red onion.
Chop up your vegetables and add them to a baking sheet. Add your preferred oil and spices (for this one, I used avocado oil* and paprika, salt, and pepper). Roast them in the oven at 450°F for 15-20 or until brown and crispy.
Tip: When my veggies are ready, I simply turn off the oven and let them sit until the rest of dinner is ready. While sitting in the cooling oven, they soak up all the oils and spices, and they stay warm! I learned this trick from my mother-in-law. Hi, Barb!
And for the macaroni and cheese itself:
- In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the flour and cook for 3 minutes, stirring or whisking constantly.
- Add the milk and cook for 10-15 minutes, stirring frequently, until thickened.
- Off the heat, stir in the cheese, salt, and pepper.
- Stir in the cooked macaroni and roasted vegetables
Get creative! Add in anything you’d like. This is a very cherry-on-top-friendly meal. Other ideas might include:
- Roasted butternut squash and thyme
- Black beans, corn, diced tomatoes, and crushed tortilla chips
- Broccoli, cauliflower, and cherry tomatoes
- Any veggies left over in your fridge!
What else could you add to a macaroni and cheese dish?
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