Skinny Baked Broccoli Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

We just took your average macaroni and cheese, and turned it into a healthy, delicious family favorite. It is simple, so easy to make, and full of cheesy flavor. You will love this dish.

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I decided to make a healthier version at home and we all thought it was way better than any box of mac n’ cheese.

The broccoli tastes absolutely amazing in this. Want to know why? Because you can’t even taste it. That is the best way, in my opinion to eat broccoli.

The less veggies you taste, the more delicious it is. This is still a hearty dish, but definitely a lot healthier version of it. It’s so easy to whip up, and kids and adults alike, love it.

  • The melted Parmesan and golden bread crumbs on top were so good. You could also used crushed up crackers (I prefer buttery crackers, like a Ritz or Club cracker).
  • You could also use whole wheat bread crumbs, as a healthier alternative as well. I have only made this using Italian bread crumbs.
  • You could also go without bread crumbs as well. I like the crispiness and the texture it gives the mac and cheese, but again, it is totally optional.

sneak in more veggies:

The thing i love about this recipe, is how easy it is to add more veggies to it, and sneak them in. I recommend the broccoli, but if you are looking to add more greens to the mix, here are a few vegetables that would be delicious, that I highly recommend:

  • carrots
  • zucchini squash
  • yellow squash
  • cucumbers
  • celery
  • spinach
  • tomatoes
  • corn
  • broccoli
  • cauliflower
  • asparagus

Really any veggie would work great with this recipe. If you chop it up small enough, nobody will ever know what it is, and it will all be smothered in cheese, that they won’t even care.

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Serves: 9

Skinny Baked Broccoli Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

15 minPrep Time

15 minCook Time

30 minTotal Time

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  • 12 oz high fiber elbows like Ronzoni Smart Taste
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp light butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup minced onion
  • 2 cups skim milk
  • 1 cup fat free chicken broth (vegetarians use vegetable broth)
  • 8 oz (2 cups) Sargento shredded reduced fat sharp cheddar
  • salt and fresh pepper to taste
  • 12 oz fresh broccoli florets (I used pre-cut bag)
  • 1/8 cup grated parmesan
  • 1/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • cooking spray


  1. 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°.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Bake for 15-20 minutes, then broil for a few minutes to get the breadcrumbs golden.



1782 cal


71 g


419 g


93 g
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28 Responses to “Skinny Baked Broccoli Macaroni and Cheese Recipe”

  1. Coming over from TT&J... This sounded and looked interesting and not to mention just plain old GOOD!!! I think I have book marked 6 recipes already.. :) I just became your newest Follower and would LOVE for you to share this here
  2. Mmm .. hoping my Pasta Lover child will go for this yummy-looking recipe. I've got frozen broc florets in the freezer ... think I need to do anything different if I use those? Not sure if they'll make things more liquid-y. TIA!

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