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Adding fresh tomatoes, zucchini and corn to this garden macaroni and cheese, makes it so delicious! Giving this dish a healthy spin made it so irresistible and so hard to put down!

We are loving being back, cooking and creating more posts! Both of us missed cooking and creating so much, and it has been such a breath of fresh air to make and enjoy food again. Because we are expecting a little girl soon, I have been trying so hard to eat healthy foods that are packed with nutrients. This garden macaroni and cheese was a compromise to this goal. Of course, macaroni is a guilty pleasure, but by adding veggies, it made me more willing to devour it. Macaroni is something we make often when we do not know what else to make. It is something we have perfected and love to experiment with. We have added so many different things to macaroni, from avocado to hash browns. It is so fun to add familiar things in order to make a classic dish unexpected. 

Garden Macaroni and Cheese

This one was easy for us to dream up, because I have been determined to add vegetables to every dinner we create lately. When we added fresh tomatoes, zucchini and corn to this garden macaroni and cheese, we were so excited by this delicious twist. Giving this dish a healthy spin made it even more irresistible and so hard to put down!

The thing I love most about macaroni is that it makes the very best leftovers. When we make macaroni, it usually lasts a few days, and makes me look forward to lunch time. Once we had this garden macaroni and cheese for dinner, I looked forward to every time I could have it again. There was something so unfamiliar about adding tomatoes, corn and zucchini to macaroni, and yet it worked so incredibly well!

Garden Macaroni and Cheese

We cannot wait to bring you more dishes with an even healthier focus. With a baby on the way, I have worked hard to make sure I am getting plenty of healthy vegetables and protein into my diet. As we go on this journey, we will be bringing you more and more recipes that highlight this effort. This goal makes recipe planning and grocery shopping a bit challenging, but even more rewarding when it turns out to be amazing!

Garden Macaroni and Cheese

We hope you make and enjoy this garden macaroni and cheese. If you want incredible leftovers that you cannot wait to dig into, then this is the dish for you! Both easy and delicious, we are certain that this fun twist on macaroni will become a fast favorite.

Garden Macaroni and Cheese

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Garden Macaroni and Cheese

Garden Macaroni and Cheese

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Rotini Pasta
  • 3 cups Whole Milk
  • 1/2 cup Butter
  • 1/2 cup Flour
  • 2 teaspoons Salt
  • 1 1/2 cups Monterey Jack Cheese, grated
  • 1/2 cup Sharp Cheddar Cheese, grated
  • 1 1/2 cups Cherry Tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 2 Zucchinis, sliced
  • 2 Ears of Corn, cut
  • 1/2 cup Breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese
  • Salt and Pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Boil water in a large pot and add rotini pasta. In a medium-sized pot, heat milk until it starts to bubble and then reduce the heat. In a separate pot, add the butter. When melted, slowly whisk in the flour. Whisk continuously for about 3 minutes. Add the milk slowly into the flour mixture and whisk continuously. Whisk mixture for another 3 minutes.
  2. Add cheeses, salt and pepper to the mixture and stir. Add the cooked pasta and stir for 5 minutes.
  3. Place all contents into a pyrex dish. Add in the cherry tomatoes, zucchini slices and corn. Stir completely. Top with breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese. Place in the oven for 25 minutes. Enjoy!
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