Cheesy Veggie Mac and Cheese Recipe -
Cheesy Veggie Mac and Cheese Recipe
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Veggie Elbows Mac and Cheese
An easy veggie pasta tossed with okra and a creamy, three-cheese sauce. See more
  • READY IN 40 mins

Cheesy Veggie Mac and Cheese

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"Veggie pasta in a creamy sauce with Fontina, Asiago and Parmigiano cheese is tasty twist on homemade macaroni and cheese, a perfect comfort-food dinner."

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    20 mins

    40 mins


  1. Saute panko bread crumbs in medium skillet with olive oil for 2-3 minutes or until lightly browned and crispy, set aside.
  2. Bring a large and a small pot of water to a boil.
  3. Meanwhile in a large skillet saute garlic in olive oil until slightly yellow in color; add the okra and saute for 1 minute. Add the heavy cream and bring to a simmer.
  4. Remove from heat and add Fontina and Asiago cheeses slowly to incorporate.
  5. Cook the pasta according to package directions, drain 1 minute under required cooking time and toss with the sauce and Parmigiano cheese. Season to taste with salt and white pepper.
  6. Top with crispy bread crumbs.
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Apr 29, 2014

The perfect creaminess of the cheese sauce created an interesting contrast with the crunchiness of the bread crumbs. The cheese sauce tasted incredibly good but a little too salty. I don’t like okra so I substituted it with peppers and the results was delicious!

Jan 02, 2015

While I love working with Barilla pastas, This recipe was off-tasting to me. The three cheese sauce was good, although I way upped the garlic, I didn't care for the sweetness of the veggie (carrot and squash) pasta with the savory cheese sauce. We really enjoy the whole wheat pasta, but the veggie ones are just to odd for me. Husband doesn't care either way. Thank you for this opportunty, Barilla! I will continue to buy your products.


5 Ratings

Dec 31, 2014

this was so good! I had never tried okra before, so I was a little hesitant, but it was delicious! The combination of the cheeses was amazing and the veggie elbows were as well! I'll definitely make this again!

Dec 27, 2014

This one was not well received by my family. Despite all the cheese, it really didn't seem to have much flavor. It is probably just a matter of personal preference, but I probably will not make this again. I did like the cruchiness of the bread crumbs with the creaminess of the cheese sauce. Also, the directions are not very clear on this.

Dec 12, 2014

I made this recipe minus the okra. Don't skip the bread crumbs, it adds depth to the flavor in addition to the fresh sautéed garlic. This is a wonderful "grown up" version of macaroni and cheese.


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  • Calories
  • 1151 kcal
  • 58%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 77.1 g
  • 25%
  • Cholesterol
  • 227 mg
  • 76%
  • Fat
  • 81.9 g
  • 126%
  • Fiber
  • 5 g
  • 20%
  • Protein
  • 33.9 g
  • 68%
  • Sodium
  • 863 mg
  • 35%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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