baked macaroni & cheese with broccoli

something easy, something a little more healthy, something different.  the recipe calls for low-fat or fat-free cheddar cheese but it’s best to go with full fat.  never skimp on flavor when it comes to cheese.

  • 12 oz uncooked pasta, gemelli or other twisted pasta (about 2 1/2 cups)
  • salt
  • 2 1/2 cups broccoli
  • 1 tsp butter
  • 1/3 bread crumbs
  • 3 tbsp parmesan cheese
  • 2 1/2 cup skim milk
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup onion, diced
  • 3 cups low-fat shredded cheddar cheese (or full fat!)
  • tsp dijon mustard
  • salt and pepper for seasoning

Preheat oven to 375ºF. Coat a shallow 2-quart baking dish with cooking spray.

Cook pasta in a large pot of salted boiling water according to package directions, adding broccoli to water 3 minutes before pasta will be done; drain pasta and broccoli and return to pot.

Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat; add bread crumbs and cook, stirring often, until light golden, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and transfer crumbs to a small bowl; stir in 1 tablespoon of Parmesan cheese and set aside.

In the same saucepan, whisk together milk and flour until blended; add onion. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, whisking frequently. Reduce heat to low and simmer until thickened, about 2 minutes.

Remove from heat and whisk in cheddar cheese, mustard, salt, pepper and remaining 2 tablespoons of Parmesan cheese. Pour over cooked, drained pasta and broccoli; toss to mix and coat.

Transfer to a baking dish and sprinkle top evenly with bread crumbs. Bake until bubbly at edges, about 20 to 25 minutes.  serves 8.

this was a simple dish, great for the weeknight.  try experimenting with other cheeses.  next time i make this i will use american cheese.  i find that it has more flavor than cheddar in these kinds of dishes.

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2 responses to “baked macaroni & cheese with broccoli

  1. Haha, I love that it’s “something healthy” and in the very next statement, “it’s best to go with full fat.” Regardless: looks tasty!

    • i used fat free cheese and while i thought it was ok, it did lack in flavor. i suppose i should revisit what i wrote and say, “use full fat, but eat in moderation.” 🙂

      either way this was yummy.

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