Thursday, February 23, 2012

In the Kitchen with Jason: Baked Broccoli Macaroni and Cheese

We found this one on Pinterest and adjusted it slightly to our own tastes. You can find the original recipe here.

  • 1 head broccoli
  • 1 box cavatappi noodles
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1/4 cup diced onion
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 3 cups water
  • 2/3 cup dry milk
  • 1 chicken bullion cube
  • 8 oz. (about 2 cups) shredded cheddar cheese
    • We normally use organic cheese for everything but I have found that the organic cheese when melted doesn't make as good of a cheese sauce, so please use non-organic cheese for better results.
  • 3 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 Tbsp seasoned bread crumbs
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Chop broccoli into florets.
  • Bring a pot of water to boiling.
  • Add noodles and broccoli to boiling water.
  • Cook for 5 minutes.
  • Drain the water from the noodles and broccoli and set them aside.
  • In a large oven safe skillet, melt butter over medium heat.
  • Add onions and cook for 2 minuts.
  • Add flour and cook for another 2 minutes.
  • Add water, dry milk and boullion and whisk it all together.
  • While stirring constantly, bring to a boil and then boil for 5 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and stir in cheddar cheese.
  • When cheese is completely melted, stir in the noodles and broccoli.
  • Sprinkle the Parmesan and bread crumbs over top.
  • Put pan in the oven for 20 minutes.
    • If you do not own an oven safe skillet, then put the mixture into a 9x13 baking dish sprayed with cooking spray before adding the grated cheese and bread crumbs.
  • When the 20 minutes are up, turn your broiler on and brown the bread crumbs for about 2 minutes.
No joke, this recipe is easy. I'm slow in the kitchen, as I like to make sure I do everything just right, and from start to eating, this recipe took less than an hour. With careful planning, it probably could have been completed in 35 to 40 minutes, and that is including the 22 minutes that it is in the oven.

Please enjoy!

-Chef Jason

1 comment:

ilovecooking said...

This baked broccoli mac and cheese recipe looks delicious. I love mac n cheese recipes. They remind me of my childhood. It's one of the only foods that kids will actually eat without complaint. They are really easy to make too, which is an added bonus.