A "smart" Mac n Cheese

10 days at JK... 10 days and he got sick! I know.. It’s a common thing for little ones when they’re going to school for the first time.. So we’re home two days in a row..
Here’s a version of mac n cheese the way I do it at home.
I didn’t know what mac n cheese is before I came here in Toronto, I tried the basic recipe and I saw that my little one was excited about it. I changed some things, added vegetables (I also use cauliflower sometimes) in a way he won’t notice and here it is.. Our weekly favorite!

Ingredients (4 people)

1 tablespoon olive oil
2 carrots, sliced
2 stalks celery, sliced
1/2 onion, sliced
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
Salt - Pepper
2 1/2 cups of milk 
1 small package elbow pasta
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoons all purpose flour
1 cup mixed yellow cheese (Cheddar, Gruyere, mozzarella, gouda, etc)
3-4 tbsp breadcrumbs mixed with 1 tablespoon Parmesan.

How to make

Measure the milk and set it aside at room temperature.
Place a saucepan over medium heat and add olive oil (1 tbsp). When the oil is hot add the carrots, celery, onion, garlic, salt, pepper. Stir until the vegetables are slightly softened. Add the milk bring to a boil and reduce heat to low. Simmer the vegetables for 15 minutes until soft.
remove from heat and using a hand blender mash the vegetables until you got a velvety soup.
Transfer the “soup” into a bowl and rinse the saucepan.

Meanwhile cook the pasta 2 minutes less than the package directions.
Preheat oven to 390 degrees.
Return the saucepan to medium heat and add the butter and olive oil. Once the butter melts, add the flour and stir for two minutes. Add the “soup” and stir for 2 minutes. Add the pasta, stir, remove from heat and add the cheese mixture. Divide the mixture into individual ramekins, sprinkle with breadcrumbs and parmesan and bake 15 - 20 minutes until golden brown.
Let them cool slightly before serving.



  1. :) sounds so good, can't wait to try it this week (I have everything in the house) my husband will love it too.
    thanks for sharing!!

  2. I'm sorry to hear he's off sick especially as he only started a few days ago. Your mac and cheese looks great. I love how you sneak in the vegetables and how you add at least four different cheeses. It must have great flavour and it looks lovely and golden - a favourite dinner with my kids too xx

  3. The perfect comfort food of all time

  4. I'm loving the veggies in this!! Along with the cheeses of course!!
    I'm sorry your little one is not feeling well, that is par for the course with all the germs floating around in schools! :-(

  5. At least your son lasted 10 days, mine got sick within 5!
    I love mac n cheese, my kids too, but I really love mac n cheese.
    Love the vegetables and the mixture of cheeses.

    Hope he is feeling better!

  6. I'm sorry your son got sick! This morning my son started to have runny nose and I see a little cold coming on our way too. Oh no! I think it got cold all the sudden and kids in school started to get sick. Not a fun season for sure. Hope he's feeling better especially after this mac & cheese!

    You are so funny - I never had mac & cheese even after living in the US for 15 years. Then my son tried it first and requested so I insisted to make my own WITH VEGETABLES! Just like you! I see same veggies in my mac and cheese too... my husband say it's not mac and cheese, but who cares. ;) Better with more veggies! I'll try your recipe next time (probably soon with the cold!). You take care and stay well. I was sick for 2 weeks and it wasn't even funny...

  7. This looks such a comforting and satisfying dish that I am sure my kids will adore too. Thanks for blogging it!

  8. Hi Eri, sorry the little one is under the weather..Hope he's feeling better already..What a tasty mac'n'cheese!You made me smile when you mentioned the pureed veggies,my younger son used to hate everything but broccoli (go figure)and I had to sneak them into his meals otherwise..XOXO

  9. I hope your little boy recover soon! Your mac and cheese would definitely make him feel much better! My kids love mac and cheese, the kind of meal that apppeals to kids of all ages (and the kids in us!!)
    Love your version!


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