Macaroni cheese

Macaroni cheese

Healthier macaroni cheese

Healthier macaroni cheese

Quick info

  • Recipe difficulty - easy
  • Preparation time - 20 mins
  • Cooking time - 25 mins
  • Serves - 4
  • Dietary - Vegetarian
  • Allergens - Milk wheat (such as spelt and Khorasan wheat)


This is my go-to macaroni cheese recipe when I feel like some satisfying comfort food. A great recipe to experiment with different vegetables, herbs and spices.

With the use of wholemeal pasta, reduced levels of saturated fat and steamed extra veggies, this recipe is a winner all around.


  • 180g wholemeal macaroni or any other pasta
  • 200g broccoli, cut into thumb size pieces
  • 2 small carrots, washed and diced
  • 100g mushrooms sliced
  • 1 small leek, washed, trimmed and sliced
  • 600ml semi-skimmed milk
  • 50g corn flour
  • 100g extra mature cheddar cheese, grated
  • 25g Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon wholegrain mustard
  • pinch ground pepper


  • Chopping board
  • Grater
  • Kitchen scales
  • Knife
  • Large ovenproof dish
  • Large saucepan
  • Measuring jug
  • Medium saucepan
  • Sieve
  • Small saucepan with a thick bottom
  • Vegetable peeler
  • Wooden spoon


Step 1

Preheat oven to 200ᵒC/gas mark 6 and put the macaroni in a large pan of boiling water to cook, follow the cooking times on the pack instructions.

Step 2

While the pasta is cooking, steam the all the veg except for the mushrooms until almost soft but still with a little bite

Step 3

Add the cornflour to a small pan with a little of the milk and heat gently while stirring with a whisk.

Step 4

While whisking, add the rest of the milk in a little at a time until it becomes thicker.

Step 5

Add the extra mature cheese, along with the mustard and pepper.

Step 6

Once the pasta and vegetables are cooked, strain the pasta and add back to the pan.

Step 7

Add the vegetables, sauce and raw mushrooms to the pan, mix together well and place into the ovenproof dish.

Step 8

Grate the Parmesan cheese on top.

Step 9

Bake in the oven for around 20 minutes until golden brown and bubbling.

Nutrition per serving portion (serves 4)

Each portion provides on average

Energy 1439kj 344kcal 17.2%

Fat 14.6g 21%

Saturates 8.47g 42%

Carbohydrates 37.07g 37%

Sugars 12.2g 14%

Salt 0.87g 15%

Protein 18.9g Med

Fibre 5.98g High

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Feeling fuller for longer

Using wholemeal pasta in this recipe, or even half and half wholemeal/white pasta increases the beneficial fibre content and keeps us feeling fuller for longer.

Variety of veg

This is a great recipe to use as a base, where you can experiment with lots of different vegetables, herbs and spice combinations.

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