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One Pot Veggie Mac and Cheese

Our one pot veggie mac and cheese is a traditional, roux based mac and cheese, but loaded up with extra veggies for more flavor and color to a plain mac and cheese.

This version is made all in one pot, on the stovetop, for limited clean up, but maximum comfort food cravings!

Veggie Mac and Cheese in pot and bowl

Traditional mac and cheese usually takes two pots, and a little bit of multitasking as you boil your noodles in on pot, and create your roux and cheese sauce in a second pot.

Not today!

In this recipe, you will be creating your roux, boiling your noodles, and making your cheese sauce all in one pot.

Plus, we add in some veggies to this one!

close up one pot mac and cheese in bowl with fork

Ingredients and Swaps

ingredients for one pot veggie mac and cheese

Pasta: for this recipe, we like to use cavatappi noodles, but you can swap for elbow macaroni, no problem.

Cheese: The key to flavorful mac and cheese is the cheese. You want to use sharp cheeses with a lot of flavor – some great options are sharp cheddar, gruyere, Colby jack, and even a bit of parmesan. Using a mild cheese such as marble cheese works but will yield a more milk flavor. 

For a more stringy texture, don’t use pre shredded cheese (those have cellulose to prevent clumping and affect the way cheese melts).

Want yours extra rich or more creamy? Try stirring in some softer cheese such as cream cheese.

Milk: this dish is rich with the roux and cheese, and so a milk vs cream was used, but you can swap in cream if you choose to.

Dijon mustard: this adds a great flavor to mac and cheese. Leave out if you prefer. Do not swap for prepared yellow mustard.

How it’s Made

how to make veggie mac and cheese step by step
The magic of this recipe is that you do all of these steps in just one pot. 
  1. First make your roux with butter, onion, and flour. 
  2. Then, add half of the milk to make a slurry. 
  3. After that, it is as simple as adding the remaining ingredients in - yes, you boil your noodles in the milk. Wild, right?!
  4. Lastly, stir in your cheeses!

How to Freeze & Reheat Mac and Cheese

veggie mac and cheese frozen in 1 cup trays

Yes, you can freeze pasta! No prevent it being mushy on reheat, you want to do 2 important things:

  1. Undercook your pasta by about a minute. The pasta will continue to cook when you reheat it.
  2. Let it cool fully, even put your trays in the fridge to fully cool before transferring to the freezer. If you put hot food in the freezer, the steam will create condensation and then freezer burn. 

You will have best results when you reheat if you reheat from thawed. You can absolutely reheat from frozen but we find you have to break the noodles apart because it doesn't reheat as well from a frozen block. 

From frozen, add 2 teaspoons of water or milk, cover, and reheat for 5 minutes, break it apart and add more time in one minute increments until warmed throughout. 

1 cup cubes take 5-7 minutes from frozen, and 2 cup cubes take 10-12 minutes.