November 12, 2012

Mac 'n Cheese with Broccoli

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Need a little warm comfort food to get you through these chilly days? How about some homemade mac 'n cheese... veggied up of course! Sure it's a bit indulgent but that's why we toss in lots of the green stuff (and opt for soymilk and vegan butter.) You could even add more broccoli - I LOVE mass amounts of broccoli in this. It's so good smothered in the delicious cheese sauce. Feel free to season the sauce to your liking. I use a little dry mustard but you can use other seasonings if you wish (paprika, chili powder, cayenne pepper if you want a kick, or seasoned salts.) Play around to find what you like!

Gluten-free (with gluten-free pasta and flour)

12 oz. pasta
1 large head broccoli (florets only, about 4-5 cups)
1/2 onion, diced
1-2 cloves garlic, minced
2 1/2 cups plain soymilk
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar
2-3 Tbsp. butter (I use dairy-free vegan Earth Balance)
3 Tbsp. flour
1 tsp. dry mustard
1/2 tsp. salt

Cook pasta according to package directions, leaving it al dente. Drain.
Steam broccoli florets for 4-5 minutes.
In a large pot over medium heat, melt butter.
Add onion and garlic. Saute about 5 minutes.
Reduce heat to med-low, add in flour. Whisk continuously for a couple minutes.
Add soymilk and dry mustard. Increase heat to medium and heat for 5 minutes or until it thickens.
Add cheese and salt, whisk to melt and turn off heat.
Stir in cooked pasta and broccoli. Salt/pepper to taste and serve immediately.

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  1. Oh WOW! That looks delicious! Mac & Cheese is always a fav in my book!

  2. This looks freakin' amazing! I love the addition of broccoli...makes it more angelic, calorically speaking. :-)

    1. Right on! Makes me feel not quite as guilty when I completely over-indulge in this :)

  3. I made this, it was delicious! Leftovers were great too.

    1. Hey Chris! That's great to hear! Thanks for coming back to let me know :)

  4. This was SO delicious. Used peas- came out perfecto! So cheesy and saucy. Thanks for the recipe!

    1. Hi Danny! Awesome! I love your substitution of peas - excited to try that next time. Glad you enjoyed :)

  5. How many does this serve? :)

    1. Hi there! Ahhh... that's always a tough question for me to answer :) I'd estimate about 4-5 main dish servings. I'll pay closer attention next time I make it and see if I have an updated guess for you! Hope you enjoy!

  6. This recipe was a hit with our family. Thank you for sharing!

    1. Hi Teresa! Yay! So glad you tried it and enjoyed it :)

  7. This was good! Not like "oMG amazing" but definitely satisfying. I recommend if you're craving comfort food.


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