Need a good Mac/Cheese w/Broccoli recipe

schoolhouse_gwNovember 16, 2012

Went online for Rachel Ray's but reviews said it could be bland and sauce doesn't thicken. Anyone tried hers? Have another mac/cheese/broccoli recipe you like? I want to bake it for the family TG dinner.

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Sue_va

I know you wanted a baked dish, but why not try this?

Macaroni and Cheese Salad (Marilyn Sue)

1 (7 1/4 oz.) pkg. macaroni and cheese
10 oz. pkg. frozen peas
1 half cup pickle relish
3/4 c. mayonnaise or Miracle Whip
1/2 c. sliced celery
1/2 c. chopped onion
1/2 tsp. salt
6 hard-cooked eggs, chopped (less may be used)
Prepare mix according to directions on package. Add frozen peas. Stir and add rest of ingredients. Chopped green pepper may be added, if desired. Chill before serving.

I have made this and it is delicious. No reason why you could'nt add some chopped eaw broccoli to it. Might be a welcome change from all the hot food.

In fact I am taking a cold dish to TD dinner at my DGS's. It is a salad made with frozen peas, and other good stuff.

Sue

    Bookmark   November 16, 2012 at 5:41PM
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schoolhouse_gw

Good idea sue. I'll copy that recipe and keep it in mind. In fact I have two boxes of Kraft Mac/Cheese in the cupboard.

    Bookmark   November 16, 2012 at 6:17PM
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glenda_al

Looked at Rachel Ray's and the picture just didn't look good.

This one sounds delicious! I have never had mac and cheese with broccoli.

Macaroni and Cheese with Broccoli
This macaroni and cheese is enhanced, both nutritionally and flavor-wise, with fresh or frozen broccoli. The Gruyere cheese is great, but eel free to replace it with Swiss cheese or use more Cheddar cheese.

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Ingredients:
8 ounces elbow macaroni
1 cup broccoli florets fresh or frozen
4 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour
2 cups milk, low fat is fine
1 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese, divided
1/2 cup shredded Gruyere cheese
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 cup whole-wheat bread crumbs
Instructions:

In a medium saucepan, cook macaroni according to package directions, until slightly firm. Drain well.

Cook the broccoli following package directions, on the stovetop or in the microwave.

Preheat oven to 375 F. Grease a 2-quart baking dish.

In a medium saucepan, melt butter. Add flour, stirring for about 1 minute, until smooth and bubbly. Gradually whisk in milk, stirring constantly until thickened, about 3 minutes, remove from heat.
Reserve 1/2 cup cheddar cheese and stir remaining cheddar, Gruyere, Parmesan, salt, and cayenne into sauce until cheeses melt. Add macaroni and broccoli to sauce. Pour into prepared baking dish.
Bake 15 minutes. Sprinkle top with reserved cheddar and bread crumbs. Bake 10 to 15 minutes longer, until lightly browned and bubbly.

Serves 4 to 6

    Bookmark   November 16, 2012 at 6:29PM
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schoolhouse_gw

Thanks glenda.

    Bookmark   November 16, 2012 at 8:28PM
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schoolhouse_gw

Putting together your casserole recipe right now, glenda. I'll wait and bake it tomorrow morning before heading out to brother's. The Gruyere smells great. I was worried 1/2 cup wouldn't be enough but I think the flavor will be strong enough, esp. along with the cheddar and parmesan.

    Bookmark   November 21, 2012 at 11:34AM
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glenda_al

I love Gruyere! Enjoy and let us know how it went.

    Bookmark   November 21, 2012 at 12:11PM
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schoolhouse_gw

Tasted it and the Cayenne pepper sure is coming thru! I've never cooked with Cayenne as I'm not a big fan of hot,spicey foods, and I knew Cayenne was a hot pepper. I think my brother's clan will be ok with it as they like foods with some zip. We'll see what they say tomorrow. Maybe next time I'll use a little less than 1/4tsp. for myself.

I didn't put the bread crumbs on top yet, going to wait and bake it 15min. first tomorrow and then top. You think that will be ok or maybe not necessary to wait.

    Bookmark   November 21, 2012 at 12:30PM
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glenda_al

1/4 tsp doesn't sound like too much. Maybe by the time it's cooked it won't be as strong.

I'd definitely wait to put the bread crumbs on top.

Why don't you mix the bread crumbs with the cheese before adding?

    Bookmark   November 21, 2012 at 12:43PM
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schoolhouse_gw

Nope, the 1/4 tsp. wasn't too much, everyone liked the casserole! and yes, I mixed cheese with the bread crumbs when I put it into the oven for the final baking. Thanks! will be making this recipe again.

    Bookmark   November 22, 2012 at 5:06PM
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glenda_al

So glad it was enjoyed!

    Bookmark   November 22, 2012 at 5:10PM
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