Baked Macaroni and Cheese with Peas and Chard

My kids never say no to mac and cheese, and I never say no to taking care of dinner and lunch the next day with one recipe – especially when it’s packed with veggies like winter squash, Swiss chard and peas!
By | September 04, 2015


Bring 1 inch of water to boil in medium pot with steamer rack. Add squash and steam until very soft. 

Transfer squash to food processor. Add rice milk, nutritional yeast, miso, garlic powder, salt and nutmeg and process until combined and smooth. Turn processor off, scrape down sides and pulse one last time to combine all ingredients. Set aside. 

Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly oil an 8x8-inch baking dish.

Cook macaroni according to directions on package. When nearly done, add peas and chard to cooking water with macaroni and remove from heat. Drain and return to pot. Pour squash mixture into pot and fold to evenly coat pasta and vegetables. Transfer to baking dish and spread evenly. 

In small bowl, combine breadcrumbs with olive oil and mix until moist. Spread over casserole, sprinkle with paprika and bake 30 minutes, or until breadcrumbs are lightly toasted. Remove from oven and serve.

Serves 6

Reprinted with permission from Eat Clean Live Well © 2014 by Terry Walters, Sterling Epicure, an imprint of Sterling Publishing Co., Inc. Photography by Julie Bidwell


  • 2 1⁄2 cups peeled and cubed butternut squash (about 1⁄2 small squash)
  • 2⁄3 cup rice milk or water
  • 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 3 tablespoons chickpea miso
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon sea salt
  • Generous pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
  • 8 ounces gluten-free macaroni
  • 1 cup peas , fresh or frozen
  • 1 cup chopped green Swiss chard
  • 1⁄2 cup gluten-free bread or rice crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, plus more for oiling baking dish
  • Paprika
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