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Skinny Baked Broccoli Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

We just took your average macaroni and cheese, and turned it into a healthy, delicious family favorite. 
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beef and broccoli, broccoli mac and cheese, Macaroni and Cheese, skinny macaroni and cheese
Servings: 9 people
Calories: 255kcal

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces high fiber elbows like Ronzoni Smart Taste
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 1 Tablespoon lite butter
  • ¼ cup flour
  • ¼ cup minced onion
  • 2 cups skim milk
  • 1 cup fat free chicken broth
  • 2 cups shredded reduced fat cheddar cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 12 ounces fresh broccoli florets
  • cup grated parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • cooking spray

Instructions

  • 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.

Nutrition

Calories: 255kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 372mg | Potassium: 349mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 456IU | Vitamin C: 35mg | Calcium: 231mg | Iron: 2mg