Mock Mac N Cheese

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Recipe Created By: Melanie Carver


pasta (wheat, rice, corn, quinoa)
safe milk alternative
V-8 juice (optional)


Boil pasta according to instructions. Strain and set aside (you may want to rinse depending on what type of pasta you are using). Wheat pasta works nicely in elbow or orzo shapes; wheat, rice, corn, or quinoa pasta works best in small shapes.

For the sauce, put the milk-sub in your pot first. Then add the squash and oil. For the squash, I use frozen bricks sold at any grocery store, or if I have some fresh squash, I cook it up and store it in the fridge and then use what I need. If using the frozen brick of orange squash, start out only using 1/2 brick. It thickens the sauce, gives it a cheese color, and adds nutrition to the meal. Add a small amount of oil (safe margarine, olive, or pour flax-seed oil on your child’s cool bowl).

If you have a safe cheese, grate it and add it to the milk first to start heating/melting.

There won’t be string/gooey cheese in this recipe, but it does turn into a nice creamy sauce. You can take it a step further and turn it into Spaghettios by adding V-8; or you can add chili. Both of these options give it more flavor and cover up the squash.



Butter and Margarine: Butter is a dairy product made from cow’s milk. Margarine typically contains milk or soy, but there are milk-free and soy-free versions available.
Corn Substitutions: Corn is a common ingredient in products. Starch, modified food starch, dextrin and maltodextrin can be from corn. Consult with your physician to find out which corn derivatives you need to avoid. Many corn-free options are available in the US. Find out more about corn substitutions.
Gluten: Gluten is a protein found in specific grains (wheat, spelt, kamut, barley, rye). Other grains are naturally gluten-free but may have cross-contact with gluten-containing grains. Look for certified gluten-free products if you need to avoid gluten. Find out more about wheat and gluten substitutions.
Milk and Soy Substitutions: Alternative dairy-free milk beverages and products will work in most recipes. Find out more about milk substitutions and soy substitutions.

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