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Mac and Cheese with Sneaky Sweet Potato

A healthier mac & cheese recipe with hidden veggies that your whole family will love!

Yield: 4-6 1x
Prep: 20 minutesCook: 20 minutesTotal: 40 minutes
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Ingredients

  • 1 pounds (16 oz) whole wheat elbow macaroni (or any other kind of pasta)
  • 1 medium sweet potatoes, microwaved or baked until soft (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 2 cups milk (I used 2%)
  • 3/4 cup reserved pasta water
  • 3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 34 cups grated cheese (I use colby-jack)
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat bread crumbs (Panko crumbs work well)
  • 2 teaspoons avocado or olive oil
  • Optional: 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, minced or 1 teaspoon dried parsley

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Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Coat a 9×13 baking pan with cooking spray (or two 8×8 and freeze one for later).
  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the macaroni and cook until tender but still a bit firm. Reserve 3/4 cup of pasta water. Drain pasta in strainer/colander and set aside. Toss with a little olive oil to keep from sticking.
  3. Meanwhile, place the sweet potato flesh (orange part), milk, pasta water, yogurt, salt and pepper into a blender and blend until smooth (this hides the vegs from keen eyes!).
  4. Then pour the milk mixture into the same pot you cooked the pasta in. Stir frequently over medium-high heat and cook until the mixture is almost simmering. Turn to low and slowly whisk in the cheese a little bit at a time. Stir until mostly melted and smooth. Cooking Note: The cheese sauce will seem runny/soupy but it thickens up in the oven.
  5. Add the cooked macaroni to the cheese sauce and stir to combine. Transfer the macaroni and cheese to the baking dish.
  6. Combine bread crumbs, olive oil, and dried parsley in a small bowl. Sprinkle over the top of the macaroni and cheese.
  7. Bake for about 20 minutes, until the top is lightly browned.

Notes/Tips

Freezer Meal Instructions:
Follow instructions through step #6, but do not bake the Mac and Cheese. Tightly wrap the casserole in a freezer-safe dish. When ready to eat, thaw in the fridge overnight or use the defrost setting on the microwave. Bake as directed.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size: Makes: 8-10 servings (one 9x13 casserole)

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© Author: Thriving Home
Cuisine: American Method: Baked