Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Baked Mac and Cheese With Broccoli

Mac and cheese may be the comforting dish for Many people but when it is combined with a great veggie this comfort dish becomes healthy too...
Great and simple dish for a busy weekday...  
We just gobbled up the whole thing... 
Surely every one should be giving a try to this.



Nonstick oil spray/oil
2 cups whole wheat pasta (elbows, rotini, shells, etc.)
2 cups fresh or frozen broccoli florets
2 Tablespoons butter
1/4 cup freshly minced onion
3 tbsp flour
1 cup fat-free milk
1/2 cup chicken or vegetable broth
Salt and freshly cracked black pepper, to taste
1 cup cheese
2 Tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup panko bread crumbs 


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. 
Coat a baking dish with cooking spray or oil. 

Set a large pot of salted water to boil. 
Add pasta, cook according to pasta’s package directions for al dente. 
Add the broccoli 2 mins before removing from heat. Strain and set aside. 

In a large skillet set to medium heat, melt butter. 
Add onion and cook 1 minute. 
Whisk in flour and cook another minute. 
Whisk in milk and chicken broth. 
Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. 
Reduce heat to medium and cook sauce about 5 minutes, or until smooth and thick. 
Season with salt and pepper.

Once sauce has thickened, remove from heat. Add cheese, stirring until well blended. 
Add pasta and broccoli, mix well. 
Pour into prepared baking dish. 
Top with grated parmesan and breadcrumbs. Lightly coat top with cooking spray.

Bake for 15-20 minutes, then broil for 2-4 minutes to get the breadcrumbs golden.


Serve hot and enjoy... 

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