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Macaroni and Cheese on a plate with spoon

Hidden Zucchini Mac and Cheese

  • Author: Aimee Mars | Aimee Mars Living
  • Prep Time: 5 Mins
  • Cook Time: 18 Mins
  • Total Time: 23 Mins
  • Yield: 6 Servings 1x

Description

A super tasty comfort food favorite mac and cheese dinner for both kids and adults with hidden zucchini that even the pickiest eaters will eat.


Ingredients

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Mac and Cheese

  • 4 tablespoons Butter
  • 1/4 cup All-Purpose Flour
  • 3 cups Whole Milk
  • 2 cups Water
  • 1 pound Macaroni Pasta
  • 2 medium Zucchini, grated
  • 3 cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 cup Gouda Cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

(optional, but highly recommended) Croutons

  • 1 deli-style Baguette
  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • Sea Salt to taste

Instructions

  1. Melt the Butter in a large stockpot over medium heat. Whisk in the Flour until it begins to bubble and reduce heat to medium-low, continue to cook for 1 additional minute. Gradually, whisk in the Milk, Water, and Pasta. Increase the temp to medium-high and bring the mixture to a boil, stirring frequently, continue to cook until the pasta is al dente, about 15 minutes. If needed add an additional 1/4 cup of water if the mixture begins to dry and the pasta has not yet finished cooking.
  2. Once the pasta is al dente, stir in the Zucchini, both Cheeses, Garlic Powder, and Salt and Pepper. Stir until the cheese is fully melted and combined with the pasta.

BAKED CROUTONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Slice the Baguette into 1-inch cubes and toss with Olive Oil. Season with a little Salt and place on a rimmed baking tray. Cook for 15 minutes or until the edges turn golden brown.