Macaroni cheese with a twist Thermomix hidden vege recipe

skinnymixer’s Macaroni Cheese with a Twist

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Macaroni cheese with a twist Thermomix hidden vege recipe

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.

If you are making this Hidden Vegetable Mac n Cheese for a fussy eater, you may find this fantastic ‘Thermomix Recipes for Toddlers:Surviving a Fussy Eater’ recipe guide useful.

Thermomix recipes for toddlers

For any Skinnies needing a Dairy Free Macaroni & Cheese, I highly recommend my Dairy Free Cheesy Spelt Pasta recipe.

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Macaroni cheese with a twist Thermomix hidden vege recipe

skinnymixer's Macaroni Cheese with a Twist

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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Family
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 350kcal


  • 100 g cheddar cheese - 2 cm cubed
  • 60 g parmesan cheese - 2 cm cubed
  • 100 g sweet potato - peeled, 1 cm cubed
  • 100 g carrot - peeled, 1 cm cubed
  • 100 g pumpkin - peeled, 1 cm cubed
  • 1 zucchini - roughly chopped (peeled if you don't want your children to spot the microscopic green specks)
  • 300 g macaroni
  • 500 g milk
  • 50 g spelt or plain flour
  • 40 g butter - 1 cm cubed
  • 200 g ham - diced
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp mild paprika powder
  • 1 Tbsp chicken stock concentrate
  • 1 pinch freshly cracked black pepper


  • 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 making sure they are cut very small 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 with 100 g of the milk, purée for 30 sec/speed 8/MC on or until smooth.
  • Stir puréed vegetables through macaroni.
  • Put flour, remaining milk & butter into mixer bowl, cook for 6 min/90°C or 195°F/speed 2/MC on. While this is cooking you may like to pan fry your ham (or bacon if preferred).
  • Add ham, reserved cheeses, mustard, paprika, 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. I highly recommend you give it a taste at this point, and add a pinch or two of salt depending on your preference.


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.
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Serving: 262g | Calories: 350kcal | Carbohydrates: 33.9g | Protein: 19.05g | Fat: 13.87g | Saturated Fat: 8.55g | Sodium: 726mg | Sugar: 7.05g

Healthy Mac n Cheese with a Twist Hidden Vegetable Thermomix recipe

  1. This made an enormous amount of sauce. I didn’t add all the cheese sauce to the mac and veg is it would have been far too much liquid. Has anyone else just left the veg mix in the bowl and then added the cheese sauce ingredients and continued. Then you would be able to pour as much sauce as you like on your macaroni?

    1. Yes I make the sauce as per the recipe, but instead of pureeing the vegetables when they’re done, I set them aside and make the white sauce. Then once I’ve done the sauce I add the before and puree. Hopefully that makes sense! Tastes great.

  2. Every time I freeze pasta, it turns mushy upon reheating, so I dont freeze it now. Is this one actually OK if frozen?

  3. 5 stars
    This is part of my regular bulk cook up sessions, for during the school term when I work. So easy to make and both my kids LOVE this meal, especially the veggie afraid eldest child- who requests this meal weekly 😉 Thanks for a great recipe!

  4. Has anyone made this vegetarian? Was it still tasty enough. My middle child went vegetarian a month or so ago & still trying to find recipes the whole family will enjoy!

    1. Hi, can I substitute normal chicken stock powder if I haven’t got any stock concentrate at hand? If so what amount would u recommend?Thanks.

      1. 5 stars
        Bloody delish recipe! I used GF macaroni and would probably reduce cooking time of the pasta by couple mins next time. Was ok for eating now but will def not freeze well this soft. Otherwise perfect recipe. Max flavour.

  5. Made heaps if sticking to serving sizes, I rinsed pasta before adding vegetable puree (which separated pasta) my kids found it too cheesy so next time might scale back the amount of cheddar used. Otherwise great and will cook again.

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