Carrot Mac-n-Cheese

May 6, 2013

I wanted to make a variation on mac-n-cheese that was sneaky: it has oodles of carrot and Greek yogurt hidden inside to eek up the “it’s kind of healthy” factor. Check it out!

You will need:

  • 1 lb of whole wheat pasta
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 lb carrots, peeled and sliced into 1/4-inch thick slices
  • 2/3 c water
  • 3/4 c Greek yogurt, divided
  • 1/2 t ground mustard
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1/2 t pepper
  • 3/4 t chili powder
  • 1/4 t cayenne powder
  • 4 T butter
  • 4 T flour
  • 1 c milk
  • 1/3 c sharp cheddar, shredded
  • 3 T fresh chopped chives

20130418 Carrot Mac

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9×13-inch glass baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the pasta according to the box’s directions minus 2 minutes. Drain.
  3. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Saute the onion until softened and translucent.
  4. Simmer the carrots in the 2/3 cup of water until softened, about 5-6 minutes.
  5. Combine the onions with the carrots and any remaining water in a blender. Puree until smooth.
  6. Add 1/2 c of the Greek yogurt along with the mustard, salt, pepper, chili powder and cayenne pepper. Puree until well combined.
  7. In a large saucepan, melt the butter. Stir in the flour and allow to cook for 2 minutes.
  8. Gradually whisk in the milk, a little at a time, until smooth. Allow to warm up until starting to thicken.
  9. Stir in the pureed carrot mixture plus the remaining Greek yogurt.
  10. Ensure it is hot through the whole sauce.
  11. Stir in the shredded cheese and allow to melt.
  12. Mix in the chives. Season with additional salt and pepper, if needed.
  13. Toss the pasta with the sauce and pour into the prepared pan. (If feeling adventurous, feel free to top with a little extra cheese).
  14. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until bubbly, and the top is beginning to brown. Allow to rest at least 5 minutes before serving.

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