Stove Top Broccoli Mac and Cheese

05.05.2017

This Stove Top Broccoli Mac and Cheese is of course so easy to make and it’s perfectly cheesy and delicious! 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! This taste like broccoli cheese soup but in mac and cheese form.

Stove Top Broccoli Mac and Cheese

Broccoli Mac and Cheese, the Perfect Flavor Pairing!

Who doesn’t love broccoli cheese soup? Here we use that same flavor combo for a tasty mac and cheese you’ll want on repeat!

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!

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Stove Top Broccoli Mac and Cheese

Tips for This Mac and Cheese

  • This is a fairly mild flavored mac and cheese but feel free to add in more cheddar or use extra sharp cheddar for a bolder flavor.
  • For a stronger flavor use the greater amount of mustard or even dry mustard powder instead (start with 1/2 tsp).
  • Be sure to let the cheese melt it off heat or over warm heat so it doesn’t clump and curdle.

Stove Top Broccoli Mac and Cheese

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

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Stove Top Broccoli Mac and Cheese

5 from 1 vote

Creamy and delicious comfort food with that classic broccoli cheese flavor combo we all crave! It's easy to make and incredibly tasty! This is how you get kids to eat broccoli.

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 5
Calories: 585 kcal
Author: Jaclyn

Ingredients

  • 8 oz. dry elbow pasta
  • Salt
  • 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, shredded**

Instructions

  1. 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.
  2. 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. 
  3. Slowly pour in milk while whisking, then once all of the milk has been added whisk somewhat vigorously to smooth any little lumps. 
  4. Add in cream cheese and mustard and cook, whisking constantly until cream cheese has melted and mixture has thickened well. 
  5. Remove from heat then add in cheese and stir briskly to melt cheese. 
  6. Pour drained pasta and drained broccoli into the pan with the sauce and toss everything to evenly coat, while seasoning with salt to taste. 
  7. Thin sauce with a little pasta water or milk if desired. Serve warm.

Recipe Notes

  1. *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.
  2. **I like my mac and cheese somewhat mild, if you'd prefer a strong flavor feel free to add in more cheddar.
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Nutrition Facts
Stove Top Broccoli Mac and Cheese
Amount Per Serving
Calories 585 Calories from Fat 297
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 33g 51%
Saturated Fat 20g 100%
Cholesterol 100mg 33%
Sodium 491mg 20%
Potassium 522mg 15%
Total Carbohydrates 48g 16%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 7g
Protein 23g 46%
Vitamin A 30.9%
Vitamin C 78.7%
Calcium 49.5%
Iron 9.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

7 comments

  • Karrie: Thank you so much for having a “jump to recipe” button. All of these blogs always talk about their life story before posting the actual recipe, and while some people enjoy that, I won’t judge, I’m not one of them. I appreciate that very much, nice recipe by the way, tasted delicious! May 29, 2018 at 3:38pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Glad you find that button helpful Karrie! And I’m not much of a writer or a reader so if I could skip the writing altogether I would lol. May 29, 2018 at 8:18pm Reply

  • Edna: This was so delicious my toddler ate it up. So easy and quick to whip up. May 16, 2017 at 6:46pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad to hear it was enjoyed :)! May 16, 2017 at 11:18pm Reply

  • Cathleen @ A Taste of Madness: I am in love with all things mac and cheese. Why have I never thought of putting broccoli in it?! May 7, 2017 at 3:53pm Reply

  • Viktor: Looks insanely delicious, also like the macro shots. Def will try this, thank you! May 6, 2017 at 1:02pm Reply

  • Analida’s Ethnic Spoon: Broccoli mac and cheese is one of my favorites! I’ve actually been on the hunt for a recipe that was from scratch. May 5, 2017 at 6:41pm Reply

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