White Cheddar Bean Mac & Cheese

White Cheddar Bean Mac & Cheese

Source: ontariobeans.ca

Yield: 8 servings

Nutrition (For 1 serving)

Calories 487;
Protein 22.2 g;
Total Fat 20.3 g;
Saturated Fat 11.8 g;
Trans Fat 0.7 g;
Carbohydrates 53.9 g;
Fibre 4.7 g;
Sugar 4.1 g;
Sodium 715 mg;
Cholesterol 56 mg;
Vitamin A 177 RE;
Vitamin C 1 mg;
Calcium 366 mg;
Iron 3.3 g;
3/4 lbElbow macaroni, uncooked340 g
19 ozWhite pea beans (also known as navy beans), drained and rinsed (1 can)540 mL
1 1/2 cups2% milk375 mL
4 tbspButter, divided45 mL
1/2Yellow onion, chopped (small)
1 clovegarlic, minced
1 tbspDijon Mustard15 mL
1/4 tspGround nutmeg1 mL
1/8 tspCayenne pepper0.5 ml
2 1/2 cupsGrated smoked white cheddar cheese625 mL
Salt and fresh cracked pepper, to taste
3/4 cupseasoned dry breadcrumbs175 mL
Optional garnish: cooked bacon bits and chopped green onion


A classic mac and cheese with a boost of fibre! Elbow macaroni is baked in a creamy smoked white cheddar bean sauce and topped with a crispy breadcrumb topping. Serve with bacon bits and green onions.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

 Cook Time: 40 minutes


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C)
  2. Cook macaroni al dente according to package directions. Strain and return to pot, set aside.
  3. Pour beans into a colander or strainer, rinse with cold water. Transfer beans to a food processor fitted with a metal blade. Add ½ cup (125 mL) of milk; process until smooth. Add another ½ cup (125 mL) milk and pulse until combined.
  4. In a large skillet over medium heat melt 2 tbsp (30 mL) butter. Add onion and sauté until softened, about 5 minutes. Add garlic, sauté 1 minute until fragrant. Add puréed beans, Dijon mustard, nutmeg and cayenne pepper, stir to combine. Cook until bubbling, about 8 minutes. Add remaining milk, stir to combine. Add grated cheese, a ½ cup (125 mL) at a time, stirring until melted; continue until no cheese remains. Remove from heat, season with salt and pepper. Transfer sauce into pot with macaroni, stir until combined. Pour mixture into a lightly greased 9 x 13 inch (23 x 33 cm) casserole dish.
  5. In a small microwave safe bowl, melt remaining 2 tbsp (30 mL) of butter. Add seasoned breadcrumbs, stir until moistened. Spread evenly over macaroni and bake 15-20 minutes until bubbly and golden.
  6. Serve hot garnished with bacon bits and green onions if desired.