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September 21, 2014

Mothership Macaroni and Cheese

Mothership Macaroni and Cheese ~ This dish has it all and is ideal to make when you need to feed a crowd {packed with hidden veggies as well ;-) } #MacAndCheese #PotluckRecipe #ComfortFood

What a name ?! As soon as I'd seen the name of this recipe on a local supermarket's recipe website, I knew I had to try it. Who wouldn't go for a recipe called a Mothership Macaroni and Cheese ?

I am not sure whether the name relates to actually feeding a Mothership full of aliens or all of the oh, so great ingredients. However, we absolutely love this Mac and Cheese which I only adapted slightly to suit my family's taste buds.
Mothership Macaroni and Cheese ~ This dish has it all and is ideal to make when you need to feed a crowd {packed with hidden veggies as well ;-) } #MacAndCheese #PotluckRecipe #ComfortFood

Best part ... there are so many veggies slipped in without making it taste like a casserole. Just a very overloaded, scrumptious pasta dish.

Mothership Macaroni and Cheese ~ This dish has it all and is ideal to make when you need to feed a crowd {packed with hidden veggies as well ;-) } #MacAndCheese #PotluckRecipe #ComfortFood

The first time I made this Mothership Macaroni and Cheese , I did not know what to expect, certainly not a dish suitable to feed 6 - 8 adults - with leftovers !

I have since then halved the recipe and it was still enough for 4 adults and leftovers for the lunchbox. I am sharing the full-size recipe below, and if you have more kids to feed than adults, this dish can easily be stretched to around 10 servings.


Serves : 6 - 8


500g {raw weight} Macaroni, cooked and drained
2 TB Olive Oil
2 Onions, chopped
2 1/2 cups Chorizo Sausages, cubed
2 cups Butternut Squash, cubed into small pieces
250g Mushrooms, halved or quartered
250g Italian Mini Tomatoes
3 Feta Wheels, cubed
1 cup White Sauce   {homemade or store-bought --- I used a dry mix packet}
3 cups Cheddar, grated
1 cup Fresh Basil, torn
Salt and Pepper, to taste


1.) Pre-heat the oven to 180 deg C (350 deg F) - spray a large oven casserole dish with cooking oil.
2.) Heat the Oil in a large pan or wok - stir-fry the Onions, Chorizo, Butternut, Mushrooms and Tomatoes until the Butternut is just tender.
3.) Add the cooked Macaroni and Feta to the Chorizo mixture in the pan/wok - mix well - stir in the White Sauce, half the Cheddar and Basil - season to taste with Salt and Pepper.
4.) Transfer to the prepared oven dish and sprinkle with the remaining Cheddar - bake 15 - 20 minutes until the dish is heated through and the Cheddar is bubbly.

Serve with a side or salad. {this is a very rich, hearty meal!}

Mothership Macaroni and Cheese ~ This dish has it all and is ideal to make when you need to feed a crowd {packed with hidden veggies as well ;-) } #MacAndCheese #PotluckRecipe #ComfortFood

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By Stephanie Lynn      


  1. I love sneaky vegetables Max won't eat anything with a vegetable if he knows it's in there.

  2. Who this looks tasty :) thanks for linking up .


  3. I have a super picky eater and this might be a great way to sneak them in! Thank you so much for sharing on Meandering Mondays! Have a great week!

  4. whoa! this looks awesome! I'm a big fan of casseroles b/c of the leftovers and flexibility, so I am definitely adding this to my list. thanks so much for the recipe!

  5. Lots of great ingredients in this Mothership macaroni and cheese recipe! I always love being able to sneak in a few veggies that no one will notice :) Thanks for sharing!

  6. This pasta looks great!!! Thanks for sharing at the Wednesday Roundup Link Party! ~ Angela @ LeMoine Family Kitchen

  7. One pot meals are the best! Thank you for sharing with at The Caffeinated Crafters Link Party this week

  8. Thank you so much for attending week 3 of #PureBlogLove and linking your fantastic blog post. Macaroni and cheese is my favorite. I really love what you have done with it here.
    I can't wait to see what you have in store for our party next week Thursday 8 PM EST- Sundays at midnight . Have a great day!

  9. So much rich cheese...just as it should be, but I love all those yummy veggies to balance everything out ;)

  10. Loving the idea of butternut squash in mac and cheese...also butternut squash with chorizo. Nice combination. Thank you for sharing, Linda. Your Mothership Mac and Cheese was the Top-viewed link at See Ya in the Gumbo!

  11. Mac and cheese is one of those family favourites isn't it. Love your version.

    Thanks for sharing at Marvelous Monday on Smart Party Planning.

  12. Wow! this is like Mac and Cheese on steroids! YUM. Thanks again for sharing at #theWeekendSocial. I love what you bring to our party!

  13. This looks so good! I’m drooling right now. Pinned. We had so much fun partying with you at our last party. We hope to see you tonight’s party at 7 pm. We love to see what you have been working on!
    Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls

  14. Thanks so much for linking up at Teach Me Tuesday last week. You are very much appreciated. Hope to see you again this week. Starts tonight at 8PM CST.

    Have a great week!!


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