by Olena

Zucchini Mac and Cheese

by Olena

Zucchini Mac and Cheese Recipe is healthy and creamy comfort food in 15 minutes.

I had this idea to mix finely grated zucchini with mac and cheese. I knew right away it will be either a big YAY or a sour face NAY. Deep down I knew chances of big YAY were quite high because it is mac and cheese. Zucchini is mostly water, so when you let it cook covered for 10 minutes the juices start flowing into the sauce while adding flavour. Making the most tender zucchini mac and cheese ever. And isn’t it pretty?! I really liked zucchini in mac n cheese to add a vegetable boost and keep cheese to a minimum without sacrificing the flavour.

In Ukraine, we sprinkled shredded cheese on warm short egg noodles (the only kind of pasta we had). Pasta would become cheesy and that was our version of mac and cheese. Zucchini are pretty tasteless so hiding them in mac and cheese should fly by. You know what didn’t fly by in my house though? Avocado mac and cheese. That I was told not to make ever again and I kinda see why.

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How to Make Zucchini Mac and Cheese

  1. Cook pasta as per package instructions undercooking by a few minutes. You want pasta firm. I used brown rice pasta which cooks super fast. Drain and set aside. Zucchini Mac and Cheese Recipe is healthy and creamy comfort food in 15 minutes.
  2. In the meanwhile, preheat the dutch oven or skillet on medium heat and melt butter. Add flour slowly while whisking continuously. Add milk while whisking. Bring to a boil until a bit thickened and bubbly.
  3. Add zucchini, stir well, reduce heat to low, cover and cook for 10 minutes. Add salt and garlic powder and stir. Zucchini Mac and Cheese Recipe is healthy and creamy comfort food in 15 minutes.
  4. Add cheese and stir until it is melted. Zucchini Mac and Cheese Recipe is healthy and creamy comfort food in 15 minutes.
  5. Add cooked pasta and mix well. Turn off heat. Adjust thickness with extra milk if necessary and salt to taste. Mac and cheese thickens a bit with time. Zucchini Mac and Cheese Recipe is healthy and creamy comfort food in 15 minutes.
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Zucchini Mac and Cheese

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Zucchini Mac and Cheese – Easy mac and cheese recipe with shredded zucchini, brown rice elbow macaroni, almond milk and a bit of cheese. Creamy and healthy 15 minute comfort food.

  • Author: Olena of ifoodreal.com
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 lb zucchini (2 cups packed), shredded & not squeezed
  • 4 oz (1 cup packed) cheddar or marble cheese, shredded
  • 2 cups elbow macaroni, uncooked (I used brown rice)
  • 3 tbsp butter, salted
  • 3 tbsp whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 cups + 2 tbsp milk of choice (I used almond milk)
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta as per package instructions undercooking by a few minutes. You want pasta firm. I used brown rice pasta which cooks super fast. Drain and set aside.
  2. In the meanwhile, preheat the dutch oven or skillet on medium heat and melt butter. Add flour slowly while whisking continuously. Add milk while whisking. Bring to a boil until a bit thickened and bubbly.
  3. Add zucchini, stir well, reduce heat to low, cover and cook for 10 minutes. Add salt and garlic powder and stir.
  4. Add cheese and stir until it is melted. Add cooked pasta and mix well. Turn off heat. Adjust thickness with extra milk if necessary and salt to taste. Mac and cheese thickens a bit with time.

Store: Refrigerate in a glass airtight container for up to 2-3 days.

 Did you make this recipe? Please give it a star rating in the comments.

About Olena

Hi, I’m Olena and this is my healthy family recipes blog. Originally from Ukraine, I now live on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia. I’m here to help you with “What’s for dinner?”.

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  1. have too much zucchini /craving mac n’ cheese.. “bing” zucchini mac n cheese -voila! thank you for sharing the little story, humanizes the recipe. what shmucks waste their time leaving mean comments? #bored #needattention.. you go girl! thx 4 dinner. p.s. ukrainian at* heart. take care

  2. Nice recipe! It’s an easy fix for when you are craving creamy mac and cheese but don’t want to compromise too much on the health aspect. I really enjoyed it and I’m actually surprised that I couldn’t really tell that I used almond milk instead of cow milk!

  3. LOVE this recipe. Sauce is creamy and doesn’t get clumpy after sitting for a while/next day like most mac and cheese dishes. I use fine blade in the food processor to grate the zucchini. Easy and delish! Thank you!

  4. CAN YOU JUST GET TO THE BLOODY RECIPE WITHOUT HAVING TO POST ABOUT YOUR LIFE STORY, I JUST WANT TO KNOW HOW YOU BLOODY MAKE THIS BOLLOCKS, BUT SEEING AS YOU HAVE TO INCLUDE YOUR ENTIRE GOSH DARN LIFE STORY, I DON’T WANT TO EVEN FOLLOW THIS RECIPE, SO F YOU, STOP TRYING TO BE SUCH A SPECIAL SNOWFLAKE!

    1. Wow, you are one angry human being, So sad. You can scroll to the recipe skipping the post BTW. And yes, I am special, every human being is, you just have to see it within yourself and be kind – it will make your life much easier. And i do not want you to follow my blog or recipes unless you change for better. Hope you find your peace soon – life is short. Peace out!

  5. I have been looking for new approach at cooking, trying to ditch the commercial stuff and go organic. I have been looking all over for good recipes, & you have so many great ones! I’m excited to try a lot of these out!!!

    1. Hi Cindy. There you go! Go for it and you will never look back. My goal this year is to make my blog more discoverable on the net. All the best!!! Let me know what you try.

  6. Made with penne tonight. Unfortunately, the 17-month old and 4 year old wouldn’t touch it, but my spouse & I thought it was delicious!

    1. Hi Court. Yeah, I hear ya. My 10 year old ate it but not a 5 year old. We loved it but the kids not really. Oh well, I still make it for us. Thank you for your feedback.

  7. HO Olena;
    I totally disagree too. This was a very good recipe even though we used rotini vegetable pasta instead of macaroni. It made it more colorful that way.

  8. I made this last week and it was delicious, I wholeheartedly disagree with the person who chooses to remain nameless. Thanks once again Olena.

    1. Thanks Melissa for letting me know. I wonder if that person overcooked zucchini so they released too much water. Also could have overcooked cheese so it separated into curd and water. Idk.

    1. Hm, I politely disagree. I definitely didn’t have your experience. Either you used different ingredients or healthified classics are not for you. Some people just need a real deal no matter what.
      You don’t have to be scared to leave your real name and email if you didn’t like a recipe. I don’t bite or send nasty emails.:)

  9. Thanks for the recipe. Now i know what I can use the free zucchini for instead of bars, and cakes that require a lot of sugar.

  10. Your posts always bring out the LOL moments! It’s really the simple things in life that are most enjoyable 🙂 Sometimes I think it takes a lot more effort to take the time and slow down especially when one has kids. Enjoy ever moment with your family this summer!

    1. Thank you, Olya! You too! I DEFINITELY struggle with being able to relax and slow down. I am working on it! My husband and mom and MIL are the same.