Broccoli Mac and Cheese
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 25 minutes
This is a quick and easy casserole your kids will enjoy. We use broth and less cheese to lower the fat and broccoli to bump up the nutrition.
8 ounces pasta, elbow or other small shells
1 pound broccoli, fresh, cut into small florets
3/4 cup vegetable broth, reduced sodium
3/4 cup milk, 1% fat
1 1/2 cups cheese, cheddar, light, shredded
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon flour, all purpose
1/4 cup bread crumbs, Italian herb flavored
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for about 8 minutes. Add broccoli to pasta and water and cook for 1 to 2 more minutes until broccoli is crisp tender. Drain and place in a baking dish that has been sprayed with cooking spray(9 by 9 inch square or other 2 quart dish). Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Meanwhile, heat a medium sauce pan over medium heat. Add oil and heat. Add flour and whisk to coat all of the flour. Slowly add broth and milk, stirring to prevent lumping. Allow to cook and thicken for 3 or 4 minutes. Add 1 cup of cheese, reserving the rest for topping. Stir mixture until cheese is melted. Pour into baking dish and mix with pasta and broccoli. Top with remaining cheese and bread crumbs. Bake for 10 minutes until lightly browned and heated through.
Per Serving About: 340 calories, 10 g fat, 6 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 21 g protein, 48 g carbohydrates, 4 g dietary fiber, 470 mg sodium