Prep:  25 minutes
Cook:  45 minutes
Serves:  6
Average: 3.8 (30 votes)
A mac and cheese recipe that tastes much better with chopped mushrooms! This classic pasta comfort food recipe is delicious and will get the kids to eat their vegetables as it also includes zucchini, carrots and onions. The cheese sauce and bacon pieces take this recipe to the next level.
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Cheesy Mushroom, Bacon and Veggie Pasta Bake
Cheesy Mushroom and Bacon Pasta
Cheese Sauce
Cheesy Mushroom and Bacon Pasta
  1. Preheat oven to 180°C/160°C fan-forced. Cook the pasta following packet directions
  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large frying pan over a medium-high heat. Add onion, garlic and bacon. Cook, stirring often, for 3-4 minutes until onion softens. Add zucchini and carrot. Cook, stirring often, for 3 minutes until vegetables begin to soften. Stir in mushrooms and tomatoes. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 2 minutes. Add mushroom mixture to pasta. Set aside
Cheese Sauce
  1. To make cheese sauce, melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add flour. Stir until bubbling. Remove from heat and gradually whisk in milk. Return to heat, bring to the boil, stirring over medium heat until thick and smooth. Reduce heat and stir in cheese until smooth. Season. Remove from heat
  2. Add half the cheese sauce to the pasta mixture. Stir to combine. Spoon pasta mixture into a 12-cup capacity greased baking dish. Pour over remaining cheese sauce. Smooth top and evenly sprinkle with cheese blend. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until golden and bubbling. Serve
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