My most favourite freezer meal in the world… Macaroni Cheese with a Twist (Macaroni Cheese Thermomix recipe with 4 different hidden vege!).
This healthy kids Thermomix recipe is so incredibly easy to make and makes A LOT. I like to make this for dinner and then freeze any leftovers in portions for easy kids dinners.
Over the years this Macaroni Cheese Thermomix recipe has saved the sanity of so many Skinnymixers parents, who needed to try and get their children to eat more vegetables.
This Macaroni Cheese Thermomix recipe is a fantastic base recipe, that you can easily adapt to your family’s taste. Some prefer to swap the ham for crispy bacon or tinned tuna or even crispy chorizo… drool!
Whichever way you decide to go, one of the best tips when making this recipe is to cut your vegetables small and really make sure it is cooked well before blitzing. This will avoid any strange texture from slightly undercooked vegetables.
Add cheeses into mixer bowl, mill for 10 sec/speed 9/MC on. Set aside.
Place 1,200 g or 42.3 oz water into mixer bowl, boil for 10 min/steaming temp/speed 1/MC on.
While the water is boiling, prepare your vegetables and put into the large steaming tray.
After 10 mins, add your macaroni to the boiling water, and put your large steaming tray in place.
Cook for 10 min/steaming temp/speed 1/reverse.
Drain macaroni and put into a large thermal pot to keep warm.
Put your steamed vegetables into the mixer bowl, purée for 30 sec/speed 8/MC on.
Stir puréed vegetables through macaroni.
Put flour, milk, butter into mixer bowl, cook for 6 min/90°C or 195°F/speed 2/MC on.
Add ham, reserved cheeses, mustard, paprika, vegetable stock concentrate and pepper to mixer bowl. Cook for 2 min/90°C or 195°F/speed 2/reverse/MC on.
Pour sauce over maraconi and stir through.
This makes a large amount of food, at least 8 large serves. It freezes and defrosts well. This was adapted from the Macaroni Cheese recipe in the toddler cookbook, for added vegetables and flavour 🙂 Bellini Users Use your sharp blade for step 1 and then swap to your blunt blade for the rest of the recipe. At step 2 use ST temp if using an Intelli and 130°C or 270°F if using a Supercook. At step 3 use ST temp and speed 3 if using an Intelli, popping a tea towel over the steaming attachment and 130°C or 270°F and speed 4 if using a Supercook. Please note that you may need to cook the vegetables for a little longer if using an Intelli. At step 4 use ST temp if using an Intelli and 120°C or 250°F if using a Supercook. Please use speed 1 so that you don't chop up the pasta. At step 9 use 100°C or 212°F. At step 10 use 90°C or 195°F.