Just when I think I can’t possibly come up with another way to slice and dice macaroni and cheese (and please, take a look at my related posts at the bottom of this post to see what I mean!), I somehow manage to come up with another way. My brother recently asked me if I had to pick a last meal what it would be, and after much thought I have picked…macaroni and cheese. (Side note: We get along just fine, andI am almost certain this was general curiosity and I have nothing to be worried about. 😉 ) Which maybe explains all my varieties of it, and this one has two great things going for it. Lots of colorful veggies, and the whole thing cooks all together in one pot all at the same time. If that is mac and cheese heaven, I don’t know what is!
So here’s what you do: you need a nice deep heavy skillet. Put all the ingredients in it – yes, all of them. Uncooked elbow macaroni, the veggies, milk, cheese, water and a little flour. Bring it to a simmer, cover it and let it cook for about 10 minutes, then uncover and let it go another 5 minutes. At that point the pasta will be cooked, the veggies will be tender, the cheese will be melty, and you will be seconds away from eating creamy, dreamy macaroni and cheese with some pretty tomatoes and broccoli swirled right into it.
Now my only issue is figuring out if that last meal will be this version of mac and cheese or one of the others. Decisions, decisions…I better try them all out again just to be sure!
One Pot Vegetable Macaroni and Cheese
Pasta, cheese and veggies all cook up together in one pot in this easy and delicious recipe for vegetable macaroni and cheese!
Author: Kate Jackson
- 1½ cups elbow macaroni
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
- 1 cup broccoli florets
- 1 cup milk
- 1 cup water
- 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- 2 tablespoons flour
- Salt and pepper
- Combine all ingredients except salt and pepper in a large deep skillet. Bring to a simmer and cover. Simmer for 10 minutes.
- Uncover and simmer for another 5 minutes or until pasta is tender. Taste and season as needed with salt and pepper.
- That's it! Ladle it out and serve.