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Broccoli Mac and Cheese Recipe


  • Author: Melissa Griffiths - Bless this Mess
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 6-8 1x

Description

This delicious broccoli macaroni and cheese recipe is a fun take on the comfort food staple – and a tasty way to get more green on your plate! It doesn’t look like your typical mac and cheese with the green color from broccoli, so I like to break this out around Halloween and call it “toxic waste mac and cheese” for something spooky and fun!


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Ingredients

  • 4 cups macaroni or medium-sized shell noodles (1 pound)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 (12-ounce) can evaporated milk
  • 1 bag frozen broccoli (10 ounces), thawed
  • 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 3 cups cheddar, shredded (Gruyere or white cheddar work great), about a pound
  • 1 cup fresh parmesan, shredded, about 4 ounces

Instructions

  1. Bring 2 quarts of water to a boil in a large pot, stir in noodles, and cook until almost tender.
  2. Meanwhile, add the eggs, evaporated milk, thawed broccoli, mustard powder, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper to the jar of your blender. Blend until smooth, about 30 seconds.
  3. Drain the pasta, and return to the pot. Set the pot over low heat, and stir in the butter until melted.
  4. Stir in the egg mixture and half of the cheddar.
  5. Continue to cook over low heat, gradually stirring in the remaining cheese, until the mixture is hot and creamy, and the cheese is melted, about 5 minutes.
  6. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Serve right away.

Notes

  • The cheese sauce is a bit soupy right after making. You can either let it stand for 10 minutes before serving or just give your family spoons and serve it in a bowl. The sauce does thicken as it cools and the macaroni absorbs it.
  • Feel free to use a different cheese or a combination of different cheeses to change things up a bit. My go-to is always classic sharp cheddar cheese, though.
  • You can use different shaped pasta; just be sure to cook it to al dente (slightly undercooked) before draining and adding additional ingredients.
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: stove top
  • Cuisine: American
Nutrition Information: YIELD: 8
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 569.2 Fat: 25.8g Cholesterol: 110.9mg Sodium: 666.3mg Carbohydrates: 56.8g Sugars: 5.6g Protein: 27.3g Vitamin A: 277.7µg Vitamin C: 32mg

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