Roasted Roots Mac N Cheese

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Author Notes: I make my mac-n-cheese the casserole way, with eggs binding it, so it can be baked and cut into squares. I also often put stuff in it, in this case, roasted roots and fresh rosemary, which are a perfect pair for the sharp and smoky cheeses. We are pretending that it is cool and crisp outside while we eat it ... well maybe someday that part will come true.aargersi

Serves 1 9x9 casserole

  • 2 parsnips - peeled and in a smallish dice
  • 1 small sweet potato - peeled and diced the same size
  • 2 small turnips - peel and dice the same size (you should have a total 2 cups diced roots)
  • 4 cloves garlic - still in the paper
  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 large sprigs of fresh rosemary
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 cup (dry) elbow macaroni
  • 1 cup shredded extra sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup shredded smoked cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup milk
  • 4 eggs
  • butter for the pan
  1. Heat the oven to 375. Toss the roots, garlic and rosemary with the olive oil, season with salt and pepper, and roast on a sheet pan until they are tender and just getting crispy. Remove the rosemary - some needles will stay with the roots - that's OK. Turn the oven down to 350.
  2. Meanwhile boil the macaroni in salted water until it is on the dente side of al dente, and butter a 9x9 baking dish. Mix the two cheeses.
  3. Squeeze the roasted garlic out of the paper and mash it, then whisk it with the eggs and milk. Toss the roots and macaroni together. Put 1/3 of the mixture in the dish, then 1/3 of the cheese. Repeat with the remaining mac and roots and cheese so you have three layers, ending with cheese. Pour the milk egg and garlic mix over the macaroni, then gently press down with a spatula or a big spoon. Bake until it is golden and crispy on the edges.
  4. Let it cool for around 10 minutes before you dig in.
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Tags: cheesy roasty goodness that will help you pretend it's fall even when the dang thermometer reads 99 degrees on the back porch, in the shade

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Buddhacat

about 3 years ago SKK

Well, it is cold and rainy here in Seattle. And my daughter just moved back from 5 years in San Antonio is freezing. Just searching for mac and cheese recipes and found this. Looks delicious - dinner tonight!

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about 3 years ago CandaceKaru

Love the root veggies added to this amazing preparation. Can't wait to try it!

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about 3 years ago Meatballs&Milkshakes

Yum! I'm a sucker for mac and cheese, definitely going to have to try this!

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about 3 years ago gingerroot

Yum, I love everything about this!! When I make this, I'll have to pretend it is crisp and cool out as well, since we never get very cool (though also don't get as hot as you).

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about 3 years ago mrslarkin

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oh yum. looks crazy-good, aargersi! crank that a/c, open the freezer, and watch this while yer chowin' down: http://youtu.be/qm8aszjaA7E...

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about 3 years ago aargersi

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HaHa! Well, truth be know - we have an electric fireplace! It looks real enough that people who don't know have been seen trying to warm their buns in front of it. So we might to could pull this off.

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about 3 years ago AmyW

Too bad my Mister won't allow "nip" veggies in the house. I would love me a pan of this Mac 'n' Cheese!

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about 3 years ago aargersi

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:-) I made Mr L a nip-less side car - maybe you could do that???

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about 3 years ago Midge

This looks sooo tasty. Wish I could send you some cool weather!

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about 3 years ago aargersi

Abbie is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thanks Midge - me too! We hit 105 yesterday, it's crazy!!!

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about 3 years ago sdebrango

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This is so wonderful, and what a great idea putting the root veggies in. Delicious!

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about 3 years ago sdebrango

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I have been very bad in posting comments and I just wanted to let you know I made this last weekend for my grand daughters. I had to make a couple of changes simply because of the children. I didn't use sweet potato (my grand daughter won't eat anything where a vegetable is visible instead I used an extra parsnip. I also used regular cheddar instead of smoked. The kids ate it up not even realizing there were veggies in it. I thought it was really delicious, I actually felt good about eating mac and cheese knowing that there were vegetables in it. Its a wonderful recipe and my daughter is going to make this from now on for the kids also. Love it!

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about 3 years ago AntoniaJames

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Love your tag on this! As well as the recipe. ;o)

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about 3 years ago wssmom

Woohoo!! I bet even the Spouse would like this! (And I love the little iron casserole pan, so CUTE!!!)

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about 3 years ago aargersi

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Thanks wssmom - I have a bit of a thing for cute lil pans, and bowls, and such. Makes for crowded cabinets!

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about 3 years ago EmilyC

Oh yum! I'll bet this is a great way to get kids to eat their vegetables! : )

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about 3 years ago Niknud

Smoked cheddar? Yahtzee!

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about 3 years ago hardlikearmour

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LOL! Yeah...you wouldn't understand. It's the time when it's cold and rainy or snowy and you want something warm and cheesy in your belly.

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about 3 years ago hardlikearmour

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Yum! This sounds like total winter comfort food to me.

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about 3 years ago aargersi

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What's winter? :-)