by Justine Pattison

Mac and cheese is a winner with most families - this one contains hidden vegetables as an added healthy bonus.

Equipment and preparation: For this recipe you will need a hand-held blender or food processor to make the sauce.

Main course

Buyer's guide

Macaroni can be bought dried or fresh. The former takes longer to cook, but is recommended as it gives a better texture. It is available in numerous sizes and flavours, including wholewheat variety. Buy large shapes for stuffing and baked dishes.


Kept in an airtight jar in a dry place away from direct sunlight, macaroni will keep for several months.


Cook macaroni in salted, boiling water, following the packet instructions. It is most widely used in macaroni cheese, served with sauces, or baked in savoury and sweet gratins.