Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Food Revolution Mac and Cheese

Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution show made my very short list (read: we don’t watch a lot of TV) of shows to check out when it debuted a couple of years back.  What I like about Jamie is that he thinks of yummy ways to add veggies to food without hiding them, and I like to do that too. 

A while back I pinned his delicious looking mac and cheese recipe, and decided to give it a try. 

Of course, we tweaked the recipe to reduce the cheese, and increase the veggies even more.  Using extra sharp cheddar cheese gives you more flavor for fewer ounces of cheese, and we do love our veggies.  Hey – what can I say, I’m addicted to making food even better for us! 

Food Revolution Mac and Cheese – Adapted from Jamie Oliver


  • 1 (14oz) bag of frozen cauliflower florets
  • 1 (14 oz) bag of frozen broccoli florets
  • 7 oz (half a box) of pasta {macaroni or shells, preferably whole wheat}
  • 6 oz. Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • 1/4 C Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 C Sour Cream
  • 1 tsp. dried parsley
  • sea salt & pepper, to taste

Begin by bringing a large stockpot of water to a boil.  Add in your pasta and boil until nearly done.  Then, add the cauliflower and broccoli to the pasta and cook for the last 5 or so minutes of the pasta. 

Meanwhile, find a heat-proof bowl that will sit on top of one of your saucepans.  Shred the cheeses into the sauce pan and add the sour cream. 

In the smaller saucepan, place about 1 inch of water.  Set the cheese in the bowl on top of the saucepan.  Turn the burner on to medium high and allow the steam from the boiling water to melt the cheese. 

Stir the cheeses occasionally, using a hot pad to carefully hold onto the glass bowl.  If the water is boiling too hard, it might splash out the top – so reduce the heat and use extreme caution during the cheese melting step. 

Add in the parsley, salt and pepper.

When pasta and veggies are done, drain them, reserving about 1/2 C of the pasta water.  Place them in a large serving bowl. 

Carefully remove the bowl of hot, melted cheese from the saucepan.  Allow it to cool for just a moment so you can handle holding it with a hot pad.  Then, pour the cheese sauce over the pasta and veggies. 

Stir to coat.  If the mixture seems a bit dry, add a little bit of the reserved pasta water to increase the creaminess. 

Sprinkle with additional parsley, salt and pepper, if desired. 

At this point, you can pop the dish in your oven to broil it until lightly browned and bubbly.  Or, serve without broiling – that’s what we did.  Mainly because we were too excited to try it!

We enjoyed leftovers with yummy grilled diced chicken thrown in – so consider adding that to the mix as well, for an all-in-one meal dish!

Linked to: Tasty Tuesday, Slightly Indulgent Tuesday, Totally Tasty Tuesday


  1. Love the idea of adding sour cream. I love the tang it adds to dishes!

  2. This looks good! I will add it to my try list!

  3. This looks so yummy friend! And, I'm glad to know I'm not the only one who enjoyed Jamie Oliver's show! I had to stop watching it after a few of the parents on there made me mad. :)

  4. Looks so good! I add veggies as much as I can to.

  5. I've made this and its awesome!! So easy and delicious not to mention pretty darn good for you with all the veg in there. And my 4 yr old likes it :) Bonus and score!

  6. This looks great! I love all the recipes with the hidden veggies. It's a great way to get those vitamins to people like my husband who don't like them very much. I need to try this!

  7. Stopping over from Tasty Tuesdays, Wow, this looks delicious! What a great way to get some veggies in. And I loved the Food Revolution show with Jamie Oliver too!

  8. This looks so GOOD!! I am going to bookmark this and try to make it dairy-free...if you have any ideas on doing this let me know!!

    Thank you for sharing!

  9. I'm going to try this. I quit making Kraft Mac&Cheese because it was too easy and, despite adding veggies, too unhealthy. But this looks much better, much healthier, and enough of a project to think of as a meal rather than a snack.

    Thank you SW and FP!

  10. Excellent dish! I'm with you, more veggies and less cheese! I love the sharp cheddar as well.

  11. I've made homemade mac and cheese for ages (very easy to freeze in portions as well!). I end up putting peas, carrots, corn, and broccoli in mine.

    I love his show, I hope it motivates more people to cook better and realize what they are feeding their children.

  12. Hubby says best mac and cheese... ps did make it a bit unhealthy by addin bacon but soooooo worth it


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