Stealth Mac and Cheese

  • Servings : 24
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This is “Eat your Veggies” Mac and Cheese. Carrot puree is blended with Cheddar and Parmesan cheese sauce for the familiar orange mac and cheese color. Use Whole Grain, Barilla Protein+™ or Veggie elbows for added nutritional benefit and parent appeal.


Step 1

Cook the Barilla® pasta for half the time indicated on the package. Drain pasta and drizzle with some olive oil to prevent from sticking. Place pasta flat on sheet trays or hotel pans and cool in a blast chiller. Alternatively, cool it down in a walk-in cooler. Store in zip lock bags or sealed plastic container; refrigerate and use within several hours.

Step 2

Combine the vegetables in a pot with water to cover. Bring them to a simmer and cook, covered, until the vegetables are fork tender. Drain and reserve the water. Return the vegetables to the pot.

Step 3

Add the milk and 4 1/2 cups reserved cooking water. Puree the vegetables with an immersion blender until smooth. Season with salt and pepper. Cool and refrigerate.

Step 4

For each serving, to order: Reheat about 1 1/4 cups pasta in simmering water. Drain and add to a saute pan with some of the vegetable puree, about 2 1/2 Tbsp. Cheddar and 1 1/2 Tbsp. Parmesan. Toss to coat, then pour the pasta into a small bowl. Garnish with more Parmesan.


    Chef Recommended Cuts
    • PLUS® Elbows
    • Veggie Elbows
    • Whole Grain Elbows
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    Nutritional Info

    This information is per serving.

    Nutrition Facts
    Serving Size 24
    Servings Per Container servings

    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 417
    Calories from Fat 99
    % Daily Value*
    Total Fat 11g
    Saturated Fat 5g
    Trans Fat 0g
    Cholesterol 27mg
    Sodium 265mg
    Total Carbohydrate 58g
    Dietary Fiber 6g
    Sugars 5g
    Protein 22g

    Vitamin A 55%
    Vitamin C 10%
    Calcium 28%
    Iron 22%
    Allergy Information:
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
    Please note: for the purpose of the nutritional assessment, total sodium does not include salt added to the cooking water. When salt is listed "as needed" in the ingredient list, 1 tsp total is included in the analysis.