One Pot Cheesy Zucchini Mac & Cheese
  • 1 medium zucchini, shredded (about 1.5 cups)
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped fine
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • ½ cup all purpose flour
  • ¾ cup milk (I used 2% fat but you can any: whole milk, non fat)
  • 1.25 cups water
  • Salt to taste
  • ½ tsp black pepper or to taste
  • ½ tsp oregano
  • ½-1 tsp chili flakes
  • 2.5 cups shredded extra-sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2.5 cups boiled small elbow pasta
  1. In a pot, bring water to boil. Add some salt along with pasta and cook until al-dente that is it's cooked but still has a bite. We don't want overly cooked pasta. Drain and rinse pasta with hot water and then with cold water. Add few drops of oil and toss it around so it doesn't stick till you prepare your sauce.
  2. Now use the same pot and add olive oil & butter. Once its hot, add garlic and saute for a min or two. Add flour on medium heat and stir it around it starts to get very very light golden brown or basically it starts to get cooked. To it very very slowly add milk while whisking continuously and then add water in the same fashion. Keep stirring it continuously on medium flame. To it add salt, black pepper, oregano, chili flakes and stir. Once it starts to get thicker, add shredded zucchini and stir. Now add the cheese and on low gas, keep stirring until all the cheese melts. Taste and adjust the seasonings.
  3. Now add cooked pasta and stir until every pasta is coated with this dreamy cheese sauce. Taste one more time and adjust spices if needed. Serve!
Recipe by Naive Cook Cooks at