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A pan and serving dish both filled with 3-veg mac 'n' cheese

3-veg mac 'n' cheese

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 40 mins

Easy

Serves 2 adults + 2 children

Sneak vegetables into macaroni cheese, a popular family meal that becomes even more nourishing for kids with the addition of butternut squash, leeks and peas

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: Per serving (4 average portions)

  • kcal680
  • fat31g
  • saturates19g
  • carbs69g
  • sugars12g
  • fibre7g
  • protein29g
  • salt1.25g
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Ingredients

  • 150g butternut squash, cut into chunks
  • 300g penne (we used Napolina 50% white 50% wholemeal)
  • 40g butter
    Butter

    Butter

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    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 1 small leek, finely sliced (about 50g)
    Leeks

    Leek

    lee-k

    Like garlic and onion, leeks are a member of the allium family, but have their own distinct…

  • 25g flour
    Flour

    Flour

    fl-ow-er

    Flour is a powdery ingredient usually made from grinding wheat, maize, rye, barley or rice. As…

  • 600ml milk

    Milk

    mill-k

    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a complete food. While cow…

  • 100g frozen peas
    Peas

    Peas

    p-ees

    A type of legume, peas grow inside long, plump pods. As is the case with all types of legume,…

  • 175g mature Cheddar cheese (we used a vegetarian version)
  • 1 slice day-old brown bread, blitzed into crumbs

Method

  1. Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Put the butternut squash in a steamer over boiling water. Steam for around 15-20 mins or until tender. Drain and then blitz in a food processor until smooth.

  2. Cook the pasta according to the pack instructions.

  3. Heat the butter in a medium saucepan, add the leek and cook for 2 mins. Stir in the flour and cook for 1-2 mins more. Take the pan off the heat and gradually whisk in the milk. Return to the heat and bring to the boil, stirring all the time. Simmer for 5 mins. Stir in the peas and bring back to a simmer. Take the pan off the heat and stir in the butternut squash, then 125g cheese.

  4. Stir the pasta into the sauce and transfer to an ovenproof dish. Sprinkle over the remaining cheese and the breadcrumbs. Bake for 20 mins or until golden and bubbling.

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