Avocado Mac n Cheese
New Weeknight Fave Alert! Use avocados to add healthy creaminess to your next batch of macaroni and cheese. The sauce is surprisingly simple to make (easier than regular mac n cheese sauce!) and comes together in minutes.
Macaroni and cheese isn’t particularly difficult to make from scratch. You start with a basic cheese sauce, like this one, and you add cooked pasta to it. The cheese sauce starts out with a roux (a mixture of flour and butter) that you slowly add milk to while whisking continuously. Then you heat it to a simmer, which thickens it and gets rid of the uncooked flour flavor. Finally, you stir in the cheese.
The cheese sauce for this Avocado Mac n Cheese is made differently though. It’s quicker and easier. That’s because there is no roux involved. Instead, you puree together the avocado and the cheese in a blender. Then you add it to hot seasoned milk. Voila! Not only is this mac n cheese easier to make, it’s healthier too, from all that wonderful, creamy avocado.
If you’re wondering if the avocado flavor will be noticeable, the answer is, “Not really.” My sense was that anyone who knew there was avocado in it could taste it. Anyone who didn’t know, didn’t notice. Either way, everyone loved it. Even my kids gobbled it up!
One thing to note, avocados have this pesky habit of turning brown. That is true here too. For that reason, it’s best to eat up the mac n cheese within an hour of making it. There’s nothing at all wrong with it after that, it just starts to take on a darker tinge.
Why is my recipe over at the Produce for Kids site? For the past few years, Produce for Kids and I have been working together to come up with family-friendly healthy recipes. I develop new recipes for them and photograph those and a whole bunch more. Over the past winter, we teamed up again with another round of healthy recipes to share with you. This is one of them. You can see all of my Produce for Kids recipes here. Stay tuned as well because we have some delicious, healthy spring recipes coming your way soon!
Produce for Kids is a healthy family resource that offers meal planning tools and healthy recipes for your family. All of the recipes are approved by a registered dietitian for containing all the nutrients your kids need (and not too much of the things they don’t). All nutritional info for each recipe is given as well.