Meatless Lenten Recipe - Surprise Macaroni and Cheese Stew


sweet_potatoToday’s recipe was shared by Rachel V who shares, “This recipe was a great hit with kids and adults at our church’s Soup and Stations every Friday during Lent last year. Offers a healthy (and pretty colorful) update on traditional mac and cheese for Lent.”

Surprise Macaroni and Cheese Stew

2-3 large sweet potatoes peeled and sliced for quick cooking
2-3 large carrots peeled and sliced for quick cooking
1 large onion peeled and chopped
1 stick celery chopped
2 cloves garlic
1 10oz bar of extra sharp cheddar grated
1 lb box of pasta of choice cooked according to package directions(we prefer whole wheat elbows, but feel free to use any bite-size shapes of your choice)
1 1lb package of mixed vegetables with lima beans (mixed vegetables are colorful, but feel free to use any frozen vegetables you like)
1 can dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup whole milk or cream
Dash of nutmeg if desired
Salt and Pepper to taste

Place sweet potato, carrot, celery, onion, garlic in a large pot and cover with water. Cook until tender. Drain, saving the broth.
Place 1/2 of the cooked vegetables in a blender while still hot (be careful as hot food in a blender with cover will expand!) and puree, adding 1/2 of the milk and some of the broth from cooking until thick and creamy consistency is reached (consistency should be like melted ice cream). Pour into slow cooker or large pot and repeat with remaining milk and vegetables.

Stir in nutmeg, grated cheese, frozen vegetables, beans. Heat until cheese melts and vegetables are tender. Add noodles, salt, and pepper. Add more of the vegetable broth to adjust consistency as desired. Enjoy.

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Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa's articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.

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