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Hidden zucchini mac and cheese topped with homemade croutons on a gray plate.
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Hidden Zucchini Mac and Cheese

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.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories: 840kcal
Author: Aimee Mars


  • 4 tablespoons Butter
  • 1/2 cup Flour
  • 3 cups Whole Milk
  • 2 cups Water
  • 1 lb Macaroni Pasta
  • 2 medium Zucchini grated
  • 3 cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 cup Gouda Cheese shredded
  • 1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper


  • 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.
  • Once the pasta is al dente, stir in the zucchini, both kinds of cheese, garlic powder, and salt and pepper. Stir until the cheese is fully melted and combined with the pasta.


Serving: 1Serving | Calories: 840kcal | Carbohydrates: 74g | Protein: 40g | Fat: 43g | Saturated Fat: 26g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 137mg | Sodium: 904mg | Potassium: 620mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 1350IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 854mg | Iron: 2mg