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On the day that Sophie moved from one side of our apartment to the other.

I made myself useful.

First.  I tried to convince her to hire a UHaul.  Or reserve a freight elevator. You know   To get the real moving experience.

I even offered to help her to move her stuff into the UHaul.  So that we could drive around for a bit.  Sing some moving tunes.  Get in the moving spirit.  And then use the freight elevator (that we so conscientiously reserved) to lug it back upstairs.

Same apartment.  Different room.

That was when Sophie informed me that, romantic though it might seem, the “moving experience” was actually highly overrated.  And something that she’d actually rather not encounter.  Ever again.

So there went that pipe dream.

Then.  I attempted to bubble wrap all of her belongings.  Our hallway is a long and dangerous place.  Traversing it is an epic journey in and of itself.  Especially when carrying boxes of anatomy textbooks or drawer-fuls of clothing.  Anything could happen.

Be safe. Wrap it up.

After this.  I think it started to dawn on her just how restless I was.  And so we moved two shelving units from her old room into the kitchen.  And decided to use them to display all of my cookbooks.  For the world to see.

I think it was on my 60th trip.  Somewhere around the midway point.  That I started to feel vaguely ill.  Partially because.  Moving sucks.  And partially because.  You just don’t realize how many cookbooks you own.  Until one day.  You do.  It can be appalling.

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The point of this story being that.  Now my cookbooks are in the kitchen.  And so anyone who walks into the kitchen.  Can’t help but comment on them.

Some people salivate.  Some people stare.  Some people ask me what such a strange and newfangled entity could possibly be used for.

And some people, like my friend Lauren, pick up cookbooks that they’ve actually cooked from and say things like, “Hey!  You should totally make this, it was awesome!”

She did that the other day with a recipe for Cauliflower Mac and Cheese from Jessica Seinfeld’s Deceptively Delicious.  The premise of that dish being that the cauliflower is pureed and mixed into the cheese sauce. So that kids don’t actually know that they are eating it.  And moms can be happy knowing that they’ve just tricked their kids into eating something healthy.

I didn’t make this recipe.  But I was inspired by it.  And so instead. I made Bittman’s Baked Macaroni and Cheese.  With some grated zucchini mixed into it.  And while the zucchini is certainly not hidden.  I have a tendency to think that kids will eat anything that involves the phrase “mac and cheese”.  Even if it is littered with specks of green.

At least. I know I would have.

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This is my submission to this week’s I Heart Cooking Clubs, the theme of which is Girls Night In.  There’s nothing my girls and I love more than comfort food.  And if it’s chock full of veggies.  All the better.  It’s also going to Presto Pasta Nights, which is being hosted this week by the ever lovely and wonderful Pam of Sidewalk Shoes.

Please enter my cookbook GIVEAWAY!  And send in your recipes to Regional Recipes: ETHIOPIA!

Baked Zucchini Macaroni and Cheese
Serves 3, adapted from Bittman’s How To Cook Everything or How To Cook Everything Vegetarian

1 1/4 cups almond milk (or regular milk…up to you)
1 bay leaf
1/2 lb pasta
1 1/2 tbsp butter
1 1/2 tbsp flour
1/4 lb grated cheddar – I used a cherry infused cheddar that I got from Whole Foods
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/4 cup bread crumbs
salt and black pepper to taste
1 lb zucchini

1. Preheat the oven to 400.  Grate the cheddar and zucchini.  Using a paper towel, try to wring as much water out of the zucchini as possible.

2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.  

3.  Cook the milk with the bay leaf in a small saucepan over medium-low heat.  When small bubbles appear along the sides, remove it from the heat and let it stand.

4.  Cook the pasta to the point where it’s almost done but not quite.  Drain it, rinse it quickly with cold water, and put it in a bowl.

5. Melt 1 1/2 tbsp butter in a small saucepan.  Whisk in the flour and cook, stirring, until the mixture browns.  Remove the bay leaves from the milk and add 1/4 cup milk to the flour/butter mixture.  Whisk until smooth and then gradually add in the rest of the milk, whisking the whole time.  Whisk until the mixture is thick and smooth.  Stir in the cheddar and remove from the heat.

6.  Pour the sauce over the noodles.  Mix in the zucchini and parmesan, along with salt and pepper to taste.  Pour into an 8×8 inch baking pan.  Top with bread crumbs.  Bake until bubbling or the top is browned, about 15 minutes.  Serve hot. 

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114 Responses to Baked Zucchini Macaroni and Cheese

  1. Katie says:

    As I was unpacking box after box of cookbooks last weekend, I found myself wondering how I could have possibly collected so many. I think they’re secretly multiplying (sexually? asexually?) while I’m asleep. This mac and cheese looks fantastic, though, and I guess it justifies keeping all of the books lying around. I’ve been meaning to try the cauliflower version, but this sounds better…

  2. Zuccini in mac and cheese???…so yummm!

  3. Kim says:

    LOL! Your cookbook collection sounds vaguely familiar. It’s so funny how people react to seeing so many cookbooks. Usually almost everyone thinks that it’s too many cookbooks, including my mom-can you believe that? The nerve. I don’t think these people realize the variety of recipes in each book is different, right?
    The pasta sounds delicious and I love zucchini so I know I would love this and possibly not feel too guilty about it;-)
    I bet your cookbooks are looking really cool in your kitchen!!

  4. Ameena says:

    Moving is such a pain but it definitely helps me remember things like cookbooks that fall to the wayside.

    Your mac n cheese looks delicious! I LOVE zucchini so much. This looks way better than Jessica Seinfeld’s version. Can I just say how labor intensive Jessica’s cookbook is? I simply don’t have time to puree carrots and add them to a sauce, I just put them raw in front of Maya and tell her to work it out if she complains. Life is too short!

  5. Taylor says:

    I love this idea for using zucchini!

  6. Yosha says:

    Wow! I haven’t had mac n cheese in so long! Hmm…maybe it’s time to revive and graduate to the adult version!

    oh hey no pic of the new cookbook shelves?!

  7. Cassie says:

    As the mother of a toddler, I can confirm that they will eat anything if you put it in mac and cheese. At least mine will. But he already loves zucchini, so I don’t even have to trick him with this one. I cannot WAIT to try this. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Ty'sMommy says:

    What a fantastic recipe! I lvoe the idea of the zucchini mixed in there. Great idea!

  9. This looks amazing! I love the idea of “healthing” up mac and cheese. I mean, it’s not necessarily “good” for you, but it does add some nutrition. And is prettier with the green!

    I’ve moving in a couple weeks and DREADING it. If you lived closer, I’d totally hire you to wrap everything in bubble wrap and drive around in the truck!

    Sues

  10. tra says:

    mac and cheese. Mmmm. too bad my stomach HATES the cheese. oh well. nothign wrong with hurting your stomach once in awhile!!

    yeah he always asks about the people at my gym, and he’s interested in meetin all my friends at crossfit, including jonesy. but he calls and texts. he has already talked about future hangouts indluing the upcoming one on thursday- breakfast.

  11. Julie says:

    if my mom was letting me use the stove right now i would totally want to make this. but she’s not. so can you remind me of this recipe when it’s not 400 degrees outside.

    …unless you can bbq it…

  12. Pam says:

    Your dish looks great ~ love it with the zuchinni!

    I get the cookbook thing completely! Someone just commented on my collection this last weekend and there is no way I want anyone to count them all. They just don’t understand!!! LOL!

  13. SnoWhite says:

    This is perfect — especially for us to use up what’s left in our pantry and freezer! Thanks.

  14. Simply Life says:

    oh this does look like great comfort food!

  15. Marcia says:

    mmmm…that looks REALLY good. I’d eat it. My kid would eat it.

    I have a shelf (3 shelves) of only cookbooks. Whenever I go to people’s houses, I look at their cookbooks.

  16. wow baked mac & cheese looks so yum, havent tried with zucchini though..

  17. girlichef says:

    Oh man, don’t even get me started on the trials of moving…ugh. I am a pro!! LOL…I was hoping for a pic of the shelves filled with books in your kitchen. Oh well, the food porn shall suffice. It looks seriously awesome…and some great movin’ fuel 😉

  18. Tasha says:

    I tend to pass right by mac n cheese recipes because they always seem so indulgent. But with the zucchini, I think I could convince myself it was healthy!

  19. knk says:

    oh

    i never eat this

    better idea i wont eat this in my life

    looks not good

    no hurt feeling i really dont like it

    may be if will change my mind if i eat

    but it reaaly good post

    http://smsjar.blogspot.com/

  20. I have moved many times in my lifetime and do believe it is not the best way to spend a day or two. But maing mac and cheese will make up for it.

  21. Cherry infused cheddar?! Yummm I must take a good look at the cheese section the next time I go to Whole Foods! I love mac & cheese in all its incarnations. This looks so yummy!

  22. Chef Dennis says:

    I absolutely love your moving story….you can tell your still young and haven’t moved enough to never want to do it again…lol….and I feel your pain about your cook books, I actually had to build a book case, since I could not find one that was big enough, but not too big…
    Now your mac and cheese with zucchini is simply amazing!!! who would have thought of adding zucchini! I love it! and I have to say your images are outstanding…definitely magazine quality!

  23. Erica says:

    What a great idea!!!!Looks delicious. I love reading your posts.

  24. Lea Ann says:

    Bubble wrap?? U-haul?? too funny. I wish I had room to display cookbooks in my kitchen. This dish looks really good Joanne. Great idea. Fabulous photo on that red plate.

  25. elra says:

    Delicious classic mac and cheese with a bit of twist from Joanne 🙂

  26. Dawn says:

    A very adult and delicious version of mac n cheese. I have that deceptively delicious cookbook but haven’t made much yet. I can’t seem to get to the point she’s at where she spends Sunday nights pureeing.

  27. Bob says:

    Man, that looks awesome. I’ve been craving mac and cheese wicked bad and I can’t have it.

    You’re mean.

    Heh, I’ve been really good and kept my cookbook library to a minimum. Now if only I could do the same with my paperbacks…

  28. Another great recipe to use the plethora of zucchini that I will soon be picking from my garden! Maybe, I can actually get my husband to eat zucchini if I put it in mac & cheese.

  29. Pam says:

    I wish I had space in my kitchen for all of my cookbooks. Your mac and cheese looks and sounds awesome!

  30. Lele says:

    That is gorrrrrrjessss.
    I am so disgusted with the concept of that cookbook. You should not deceive children. You should raise them to willfully and happily eat real food, jeez!

  31. Anonymous says:

    Why do. You. Write. With so. Many periods. ???

    Seriously, I used to read EVERY post. I love your food, your life is interesting. But the choppiness has gone from distracting to annoying to now just pissing me off. This is indicative:

    “The point of this story being that. Now my cookbooks are in the kitchen. And so anyone who walks into the kitchen. Can’t help but comment on them.” WTH?

    I’ve clicked to you maybe 3 times in the last month, and have still never made it through the whole post. I just have to stop even bothering. Good luck with med school!

  32. Joanne,

    You have to love when some asshole drops a vile comment on your blog and then doesn’t even have the guts to put a name to it. Hey Anonymous, Butch up!

    On to the dish…great job with the mac & cheese. Your photos truly are jump off the page vibrant.

    Keep doing what you do…don’t let the bastards get you down!

    Be well

  33. Oooh, mac n’ cheese. And you don’t even have to feel bad about a second serving because it has veggies in it. Not that I ever feel bad about second helpings (or my cookbook collection, for that matter) 🙂

  34. RV says:

    Moving is the most terrible thing that can happen to us. I have moved twice and it was so so strenuous. Even packing is easier, but unpacking and getting them in the right place is like a rocket science. Zucchini Mac n Cheese sounds like an idea.. Looks yumm.

  35. Joanne says:

    Anonymous – While I completely respect your opinion, I have to say I have some beef about the way you went about broadcasting it. Don’t you think it would have been a little more tactful and respectful to simply email me? Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. But a lot of thought, time and energy goes into each and every one of my posts. And a lot of thought, time and energy goes into each of the comments I give to every one who comments on my posts. So to have someone denounce my writing is actually quite hurtful. For the future, it might be best for you to not say anything if you have nothing nice to say at all. Or at least to say your piece in a more private and respectful way.

  36. Giovanna says:

    I have moved 6x in the past 8 years. It sucks.

    But your mac and cheese looks yummy! Lucky for me, I’ve been feeding my kids broccoli and cauliflower since they could pick up a fork, so I have no problems there. Consuming only one portion. Now there in lies my problem : )

    I like your writing Joanne and have. no. problem. with. your. periods. Keep on doin’ what your doin’ girl : )

  37. Donna-FFW says:

    I was always intrigued by the UHaul.. so much can go on in the back of one ya know, especially if u cnn have a third party driving.. Oh I digress..

    Your dish looks the BOMB!

  38. I’m so making this! Even though my family would hate me if I actually called it mac and cheese. I’ll have to come with a pseudonym for it.

    Bubble wrap rocks!

  39. Mo Diva says:

    well whaddya know? i have to make mac and cheese for a picnic over the weekend!
    I was going with a cheddar bechamel and elbow macaroni with some chopped spinach thrown in but this seems hearty satisfying and beautiful to behold! yumyhumyum!

  40. have to laugh… I own a total of 8 cookbooks, 3 of which were gifts.

    My wife who dies not cook has over 50 (mostly weight watchers and diet books… imagine, she wants to lose 10 pounds, I need to lose 50 and she has all the diet books… But I digress)

  41. I just saw that cherry cheddar at Whole foods and thought it looked awesome. Interesting use! And no worries about cookbooks. Much better than shelves of fiction you’ll never, ever read again!

  42. Sippity Sup says:

    Could Mac and Cheese get any better? Well the short answer from Joanne is Yes! GREG

  43. Jessie says:

    Hehe, it sounds like SOMEone’s getting a leeetle antsy! Besides making awesome Mac and Cheese, those energies could be directed to something little more useful. Like baking some of your delicious brownies and sending them to Jessie c/o THIH.

    BTW, Sophie is right – moving is SO overrated. Take it from someone who’s moved 6 times over the last 8 years. 4 of those years were college, but still, principle and all.

  44. R. says:

    OH MY GOD that looks GOOD! I’m a mac n cheese whore. No joke. Using almond milk? Like! This looks fabulous.

  45. Katerina says:

    Joanne my son can trace anything green in every dish. I wouldn’t be able to trick him. On the other hand this is a great dish, it looks crunchy and yummy not for the kid, but for us the poor parents. As far as the anonymous’ comments are concerned, my opinion is just ignore them. You can find mean people hiding behind anonymity everywhere. You shouldn’t even bother replying to this person. You wasted your time and your effort. He/she was not worth it.

  46. Sook says:

    Zucchini sounds like a perfect ingredient for mac and cheese! What didn’t I think of that before!

  47. Stella says:

    Yummerz! Looks so good.
    I make stuff like this all the time, Joanne. It’s like our every day type of food. I suppose I should take photos of it and post it. I just can’t make food like this look pretty. You did though!

  48. Karly says:

    So you’re saying that the next time I move I should wrap all of my clothing, bath products, and other items in bubble wrap? Sounds good to me! I love bubble wrap. 🙂

    Looks like a yummy mac and cheese!

  49. Eliana says:

    Hmmmm – this looks so comforting and delicious.

  50. Amy says:

    I need a separate room all together to house my cookbooks. I keep telling myself “no more”, but then I read a review or see one at the bookstore and I can’t help it. It’s like an addiction. I’d love to see your collection.

    That’s a kick-ass contender for PPN. I printed it out. And unlike other crazy moms, I will actually tell my kids what’s in it.

  51. Bo says:

    That just sounds plain good!!!

  52. Dana says:

    So, I want to know the final number. Because I had that moment recently and my number was over 100. It has since grown. I would love think I could make this for my kids, but my youngest is in a phase where he won’t eat anything green. My vegetarian child. Nice.

  53. Danielle says:

    I think I have cookbooks that I’ve never actually cooked from. And mounds of recipe clippings and hand written papers of recipes that sounded good 20 yrs ago but not so much anymore…but I don’t have the heart to toss them. I mean…some day they might be useful?
    This mac & cheese sounds amazing! I love the zucchini in it. I’m going to save this one for sure! (to add to my growing “google recipe” pile LOL)

  54. Raina says:

    Mac and cheese is one of my all-time favorites, and the thought of putting zucchini in there sounds totally awesome. I love this idea. It must taste wonderful. I will definitely make this. I also think even the kiddies will like it too.

    I love the cookbooks on display idea too:)

  55. Mimi says:

    Moving sucks. Repeat after me: Moving sucks! Now remember that for next time.

    I have over 260 cookbooks. I just bought another one. I need help.

  56. Little Inbox says:

    Mac and cheese, hmm…this is yummy!

  57. Mac and Cheese is what I grew up on… it’s my go to comfort food. Might sound strange, but I used to put ketchup on it. Wouldn’t do it now (though I think it would probably still taste really good), but I did it every time I had a bowl after school. Might be why I was such a chunky kiddo.

  58. I feel your pain. Just rearranging my room was torture…I needed some extreme comfort afterwards. This looks like it would do the trick nicely. Even a confessed zucchini hater would not be able to resist!

  59. Jessica B. says:

    Dear Joanne,

    How did you know? How did you know that I have been craving mac and cheese for the past two weeks? How did you know that I had zucchini from the farmer’s market in my fridge? They say timing is everything, and this posting couldn’t have come at a better time. I made it for dinner tonight and it was just what I needed. How did you know? 🙂

  60. Shannon says:

    fabulous idea for zucchini 🙂 and cherry-infused cheddar?? wow.

  61. polwig says:

    Sounds so yummy. I have found a recipe for butternut squash mac and cheese which called for pureed squash which I could never find in the store so I am waiting for fall to try it.

  62. I think it’s quite funny that you turned someone else’s recipe into a Bittman recipe. Bubble wrap can never ever be a bad thing. And I adore your cookbook shelves. Salivate over them.

    I’ll probably be around Saturday night and Sunday night (have to work on Sunday until.. not sure when). Coffee?

  63. oh wow cool mac and cheese and healthier

  64. Kelsey says:

    i just saw a blog that made zuchinni muffins and this reminds me of it haha.. obviously just not in the dessert way tho.

    haha “be safe wrap it up” could apply to many things… if.. you..catch..my…drift… <3

    mmm does this mean that because this DELICIOUS meal has a good serving of vegetables in it, we could have an extra serving or two? haha <3

  65. teresa says:

    lol, i hope you planned on getting some good road snacks for the move too. how funny.

    this looks so good, i bet the zucchini amped up the flavor a lot.

    i hope you’re having a lovely summer!

  66. Marisa says:

    Yeah, I’m with your roommate on this one – hate moving. But love your mac & cheese! Good move on adding some zucchini, I’m guessing you needed all those nutrients after the big move. 😉

  67. Cheesy goodness!! I hate moving! Can;t believe I have to move again this coming September!

  68. Joanna says:

    This looks awesome, Joanne! And I keep my huge cookbook collection in the kitchen, too, cause where else should it go? My brother in law actually told me it was stupid to keep a bunch on the counter, since they could get dirty and take up space. It was all I could do not to punch him in the neck.

  69. Nicole, RD says:

    I have a ton of cookbooks, too! Love it that way!

    And that move…must be a big apartment building!

    I plan to make this — looks delicious and I am LOVING zucchini lately!

  70. Barbara says:

    Oh yeah, moving sounds a lot better in the abstract than it does in real life! I get it.

    And a lesson about cookbooks (although I am not one to be preaching): my mother had so many cookbooks that when she passed away, we were driving around with them in our trunk and giving them away! We either already had them, or they were so obscure as to be ridiculous. I told my kids I wouldn’t do that to them. 🙂

    So…mac and cheese with zucchini? Sounds good, crunchy and cheesey to me! Comfort food.

  71. Zucchini macaroni bake looks simply gorgeous! Joanne, you cook so well!

  72. bella says:

    What a great way to use up more zucchini in such a comfort food classic! Just found your blog, following to learn more from you, hey….exceptional photos BTW. Stop by and chat sometime. Roz Keep up the great blog!

  73. Kristen says:

    I want to see the shelves of cookbooks!

    My kids will eat anything green as long as it’s not the noodles themselves. It seems that some well meaning mom (I am not mentioning any names or claiming any responsibility) tried to make a cute octopus sculpture out of ramen and hotdogs and found she didn’t have any blue dye for the noodles (to simulate water, you know). So, she used green (there was a lot of seaweed in that particular ocean, okay?). Anyway, there was a trip to the bathroom that involved throwing up. It wasn’t pretty and that aforementioned mom learned not to get cute with food. No green noodles, please.

  74. Sara says:

    Sounds great! I’ve made a similar mac and cheese to this, with baby spinach added in addition to the zucchini, and it was great. This version looks awesome too! I love the idea of adding veg to mac and cheese. 🙂

  75. I don’t remember hating greens growing up but I certainly hated eggplant! Funny; well you pasta and zucchini dish looks delicious and worth trying even as an adult!

  76. Cristie says:

    Moving is really an adventure regardless of how far the move is! One move for us was 6 houses up the street- you’d think it wasn’t such a big deal, but like you incountered, everything had to go into a box just as if it were across the country!

    Love the veggie choice in your mac and cheese- such a creative use of one of my favorite green things. Have a great day 🙂

  77. PJ says:

    i can’t help but agree with Sophie.. moving sucks! but glad your cookbooks moved to the kitchen now 🙂 this is such a great dish to make with zucchini..

  78. Mary says:

    Moving is a bother but moving in NYC when the heat is blistering is like visiting Dante’s inferno. I refuse to count my cookbooks. As long as the number remains a mystery there’ll always be room for one more. You zucched-up mac ‘n’ cheese sounds delicious. Hope the day treats you well. Blessings…Mary

  79. saveur says:

    Books are the worst to move… right now, cookbooks have totally eclipsed medical books. How sad is that? 😉 Thankfull cookbooks never go out of date. Have you done a tally yet? What are your favourite cookbooks? I am loving Aromas of Aleppo right now! Gorgeous and delicious! 🙂

  80. Cara says:

    I’m loving the sound of this. Zucchini? Cherry infused cheddar? Can I come over, like, now? I will bring the chocolate goat cheese!

  81. Maria says:

    Great recipe for mac and cheese!

  82. This looks delicious…and cherry infused cheddar…that sounds amazing!

  83. Mari says:

    OMG Jesus that looks amazing!!!!! my mouth is watering over here!

    so I am planning a bloggie din din meet up for my bday next friday and I would love for you to come!

  84. Pam says:

    Thanks for entering!!! I love this!

  85. what a wonderful twist on a classic comfort food. yum!

    xo Alison

  86. Jamie says:

    I love mac and cheese and this looks like a perfect version!

  87. Kris says:

    looks fantastic! I must try it soon!

  88. sweetlife says:

    oh I hate moving, WTF with anonymous? whatever..moving on, great recipe I have that jessica seinfield book it aiiiight, my kids will eat anything with mac and cheese, I have even stuffed poblanos in there yup they ate it!
    sweetlife
    glad you liked your pkg…hugs

  89. Judy says:

    This recipe looks good. I love almond milk.
    Please come over to my judyskitchen blog and enter my $70 giveaway. Deadline is Sunday, July 25, Midnight.

  90. grace says:

    we have a zucchini or two or 16 ready to be eaten from our garden, and this is a fine way to send some down the gullet. that topping rocks.

  91. Debinhawaii says:

    I am convinced that I will have to die in this house because since I moved in seven years ago I think my (already large) cookbook collection doubled, maybe tripled. I could not face moving them! 😉

    The mac & cheese looks yummy–loving the zucchini in it and intrigued by the cherry infused cheddar.

  92. RamblingTart says:

    Cherry infused cheddar?! I LOVE that, Joanne. 🙂 I’m so excited to look for such a delectable thing next time I go to the cheese shop. 🙂

  93. Carolyn Jung says:

    Moving is such an ordeal! I remember when we moved from our second-story apartment to a two-story house. After all the lugging and unpacking, my husband collapsed on the couch on the first-floor and declared he was going to live only on the first floor of our house, as he was never going up those stairs again. Hah. Good thing, he got his energy back soon enough to actually make use of the whole house. I bet he would have recovered sooner, too, if he had eaten some good mac ‘n’ cheese. 😉

  94. Mo 'Betta says:

    Moving DOES suck! I’ve done it many, many times and hopefully not doing it again anytime soon. Just wait until you move with 3 kids and a dog 🙂 Your mac’n cheese looks delish, even with the green specks my kids might eat it! and I love the Deceptively Delicious cookbook. I try to hide veggies all the time!

  95. Cynthia says:

    I imagine that the zucchini adds another layer of creaminess to the mac and cheese.

  96. I’m not a kid anymore but often like to pretend I am. Case in point, I just left my job to go back to school and need to be looking for another part-time BUT am instead goofing off cause it’s “summer break!” Anyway, I would eat this anytime and have in fact been throwing zucchini in everything from quesadillas to frittatas.

  97. You had me at mac and cheese…of any persuasion. And I love zucchini, too. What a bonus. I totally identify with the cook book conundrum. They just keep multiplying and you certainly can’t throw any away. I have book cases of them in every room.

  98. Lori says:

    I have a lot of cookbooks, but if people are staring in awe at your collection I think you might have more. 🙂

    So glad you were inspired! We are overflowing with zucchini right now and I hadn’t thought of Mac and Cheese. That is such a great idea!

  99. Ruth Daniels says:

    Great post – fabulous photos – delicious dish. Thanks for sharing with PResto Pasta Nights.

    And if you’re still (or make that again) in the moving mood…come out to Halifax. We’re moving in less than 2 weeks and although it’s only across town…it does suck! So far we’ve packed 42 boxes of books, at least half are cookbooks and we’re not done yet. We haven’t even started to pack up all the kitchen stuff. YIKES and HELP!!!

  100. Chris says:

    Pop.

    Pop.

    Pop.

    Sorry, was popping the unused bubble wrap, it’s good for the soul.

    I like the idea of adding zucchini that way. I’ve made zucchini fritters and the boys ate them up so I’m sure they’d like this too, although they won’t eat plain zukes.

  101. I am offering to help you out and take some of those cookbooks, off your hands. I don’t want you to suffer while others stare at those books.

    Want you to know, you are not fooling anyone with the zucchini. It does not make it healthy. You thought we wouldn’t notice. Make sure, you save me some.

  102. katiez says:

    Yup, I can do this one…. lots of zucchini…. lots and lots.
    Come here and try moving…. they put escalators up the outside of the building and send the boxes up through the window (no elevators)

  103. Martha (MM) says:

    Yep, the kids would definitely go for it – and me too! Actually I’m still dreaming about that zucchini pizza you made. I have t make that soon too!

  104. Hannah says:

    Yes, another great way to use up summer squash! I’m sure we’re going to be inundated with them soon, so I’m try to figure out good uses for them all right away. This looks delicious, and also a good way to make the classic ‘mac a bit healthier.

  105. Johanna GGG says:

    I’d love my cookbooks in the kitchen, actually I would love bookshelves that my cookbooks would fit into!

    I would also love this mac and cheese – not sure my little sylvia would but she wouldn’t even eat it without green flecks in it – but I hope one day she will see the light – who doesn’t love mac and cheese and green flecks!

  106. Ms. Meanie says:

    Hmm…I must have missed this post, because I know I would have commented on it since I love pasta anything and top it with some zucchini and that’s heaven on a plate to me. This looks seriously awesome. Love the healthiness factor too.

    As for moving. I hate it. ALOT. I am moving across the country in just a few weeks and I am freaking out. I keep having dreams about boxes and bubble wrap. Not good.

  107. This looks wonderful! What a good use for a bumper crop of zucchini.

  108. Muneeba says:

    Ahaaaaa … another recipe I can make for moi and el bebe! Sweet. No more pureed foods for my little guy … it’s time he learned about real food. Aka, mac n cheese. Hell to the YEAH.

  109. Muneeba says:

    Checkin back in to let you know that I can indeed put my money where my mouth is … I made this zucchini mac n cheese, and I LOVED it! Hubbs also enjoyed it … all gone now, and I’m feeling sad.

  110. Anonymous says:

    looks yummy

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