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Vegetable Mac and Cheese and Greens with Pesto Vinaigrette


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Vegetable Mac and Cheese and Greens with Pesto Vinaigrette


  • Prep Time : 5 minutes min
  • Cook Time : 45 minutes min
  • Ready Time : 50 min




  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 10 medium carrots, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 8 cups cooked whole wheat macaroni pasta or brown riceheat noodles
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 2 cups reduced fat shredded cheddar cheese
  • 4 tablespoons store bought pesto
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice or red wine vinegar
  • 2 (9-ounce) bags mixed salad greens, washed
  • kosher salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease a 13×9-inch baking dish and set aside.
  2. In a medium saucepan, cover carrots with water and bring to a boil over medium high heat. Reduce to a simmer and cook until tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Drain.
  3. In a food processor, combine carrots, butter and salt and pulse to chop. While processor is running, slowly add olive oil and puree until smooth. In a large bowl, combine carrot puree with noodles, tomatoes and cheese. Transfer to prepared baking dish and bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until cheese is melted and top is lightly browned.
  4. While the mac and cheese is baking, make salad. In a small dish, whisk together pesto, olive oil and lemon juice. Toss with lettuce and season to taste.

About Jamie Geller


Jamie Geller is the only best-selling cookbook author who wants to get you out of the kitchen – not because she doesn’t love food – but because she has tons to do. As “The Bride Who Knew Nothing” Jamie found her niche specializing in fast, fresh, family recipes. Now the "Queen of Kosher" (CBS) and the "Jewish Rachael Ray" (New York Times), she's the creative force behind JoyofKosher.com and "Joy of Kosher with Jamie Geller" magazine . Jamie and her hubby live in Israel with their five busy kids who give her plenty of reasons to get out of the kitchen - quickly. Check out her new book, "Joy of Kosher: Fast, Fresh Family Recipes."




2 Responses to Vegetable Mac and Cheese and Greens with Pesto Vinaigrette

  1. avatar says: joan s.

    what are the 8 cups of brown rice used for? it’s an awful lot of rice ! how many does this serve?

    • hi there this serves 8 – now instead of pasta you can use 8 cups cooked brown rice if you like so this would be like a rice and cheese dish – just a diff twist but it’s either pasta OR rice not both.

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