It’s not too often that I splurge with mac and cheese for dinner but when I do I make it count, it had better be good! And this time around I threw in some broccoli so I can pretend it’s semi-healthy. This Stove Top Broccoli Mac and Cheese is of course so easy to make and it’s perfectly cheesy and delicious! Plus, I made this recipe without any processed cheese, meaning we leave out all those strange ingredients but you still get a smooth creamy, cheesy sauce that will leave everyone craving more!
This is a fairly mild flavored mac and cheese but feel free to add in more cheddar or use extra sharp cheddar and use the greater amount of mustard (or even dry mustard powder instead). And be sure to melt it off heat or over warm heat so the cheese doesn’t clump and curdle. This is a flavor combo you know you’ll love! It’s packed with broccoli so it tastes just like broccoli cheese soup but in mac and cheese form! My whole family loved this and it’s a recipe I’ll be using again and again. This is my kind of mac! Try it soon and balance the meal by pairing it with grilled chicken or something healthy :).
Stove Top Broccoli Mac and Cheese
Yield: About 5 servings
- 8 oz . dry elbow pasta
- 4 cups broccoli florets , cooked then finely chopped*
- 3 1/2 Tbsp butter
- 3 1/2 Tbsp flour
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 1 3/4 cups milk
- 4 oz . cream cheese , diced into small cubes
- 1 - 2 tsp dijon mustard , to taste
- 8 oz sharp cheddar cheese , then more as desired for stronger flavor**
Cook pasta in salted boiling water according to directions on package. Reserve a little pasta water to thin sauce later on if desired. Drain pasta well.
While macaroni is cooking, melt butter in a pot over medium heat. Add in flour and garlic powder and cook, whisking constantly for 2 minutes. Slowly pour in milk while whisking, then once all of the milk has been added whisk somewhat vigorously to smooth any little lumps. Add in cream cheese and mustard and cook, whisking constantly until cream cheese has melted and mixture has thickened well. Remove from heat then add in cheese and stir briskly to melt cheese. Pour drained pasta and drained broccoli into the pan with the sauce and toss everything to evenly coat, while seasoning with salt to taste. Thin sauce with a little pasta water or milk if desired. Serve warm.
*This is 10 oz. florets. It should be mostly the head of the broccoli and little stem. Cook it first until fully tender then chop finely after. You can steam it or boil it in the water for about 4 - 5 minutes then remove before adding in the pasta to boil.
**I like my mac and cheese somewhat mild, if you'd prefer a strong flavor feel free to add in more cheddar.
Recipe source: Cooking Classy