Looking for more free recipes?

Subscribe to my free recipe newsletter to get new family friendly recipes in your inbox each week! Find me sharing more family-friendly inspiration on Pinterest and Instagram.

Root Vegetable Mac and Cheese |

Root Vegetable Mac and Cheese

  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings 1x


Add not only another level of flavor, but some extra nutrition when you add pureed root vegetables to this delicious macaroni and cheese from The Rachael Ray Show.



  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 pound carrots, peeled and sliced 1-inch thick
  • 1/2 pounds parsnips, peeled and sliced 1-inch thick
  • 1 pound whole grain or whole wheat small-cut pasta
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 teaspoons mustard powder
  • 2 1/2 cups grated extra-sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup pickled vegetables, finely chopped


  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil. Salt it and add the carrots and parsnips. Cook until tender, about 10 minutes. Drain and transfer to a food processor; puree until smooth.
  2. Meanwhile, bring another large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until just short of al dente. Drain and return the pasta to the pot.
  3. While the pasta is cooking, melt the butter in a large pan over medium heat. Add in the onions and cook until softened, a few minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Whisk in the flour and allow to cook for 1 minute. Whisk in the milk and simmer until thickened, about 3 minutes.
  4. Season the sauce with the mustard powder, salt and pepper. Add in 2 cups of the cheese, stirring with a wooden spoon until completely melted.
  5. Preheat the broiler. Stir the pureed vegetables and the cheese sauce into the pasta. Transfer to a casserole dish and top with the remaining 1/2 cup of cheddar. Broil until the cheese is melted and bubbly, about 5 minutes. Serve topped with the pickled vegetables.
  6. —————–
  7. adapted from The Rachael Ray Show