Skinny Baked Broccoli Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

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  • Skinny Baked Broccoli Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

My little boy loves macaroni and cheese. I decided to make a healthier version at home and we all thought it was way better than any box of mac n' cheese!

Skinny Baked Broccoli Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

Also seen on Six Sister Stuff

Ingredients

1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon butter ( light )
1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup onion ( minced )
2 cups skim milk
1 cup chicken broth ( fat-free(vegetarians use vegetable broth) )
8 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded ( reduced fat sharp cheddar )
to taste salt
to taste black pepper
12 ounces broccoli ( florets(I used pre-cut bag) )
1/8 cup parmesan cheese, grated
1/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs
12 pounds macaroni ( high fiber elbows like Ronzoni Smart Taste )

Directions

Cook pasta and broccoli together in a large pot of salted water, according to package directions for al dente (or slightly under cook 2 minutes). Spray a baking dish with cooking spray. Preheat oven to 375°.

In a large, heavy skillet, melt butters. Add onion and cook over low heat about 2 minutes, add flour and cook another minute, or until the flour is golden and well combined. Add milk and chicken broth and whisk, raising heat to medium-high until it comes to a boil; cook about 5 minutes or until the sauce becomes smooth and thick. Season with salt and pepper.

Once the sauce is thick, remove from heat, add cheese and mix well until cheese is melted. Adjust salt and pepper to taste, add cooked macaroni and broccoli and mix well. Pour into prepared baking dish. Top with grated cheese and breadcrumbs. Spray a little more cooking spray on top.

Bake for 15-20 minutes, then broil for a few minutes to get the breadcrumbs golden.

Adapted from skinnytaste.com

 


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