Monday, March 16, 2015

Skinny Broccoli Mac and Cheese


I love homemade mac and cheese. This is a little bit healthier than most mac and cheese. You can even add 2 bunches of broccoli to make it even better! 



Ingredients:

1 bunch of broccoli, cut into florets
Salt
2 cups of dry whole wheat elbow macaroni
3 Tbsp butter
2 Tbsp all purpose flour
3 cups milk (skim)
1 1/2 teaspoons black pepper
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese (divided)
1 cup grated skim mozzarella cheese


Directions:

Heat 4 quarts of water in a large pot on high heat (for pasta). When the water comes to a boil, add the pasta and cook uncovered at a rolling boil for 2 minutes less than the time given on the pasta package instructions. (You want to cook the pasta al dente because it will continue to cook with the cheese mixture.) Rinse quickly in cold water to stop the cooking, drain and set aside.

While the pasta water is coming to a boil, steam the broccoli. Put a steamer rack in a pot with an inch of water. Bring to a boil. Add the broccoli florets, sprinkle with a little salt, and cover. Steam for 4 minutes. Then remove the broccoli from the pot to a bowl. (Or you can steam it in the microwave)

Preheat oven broiler at 500°F.

Melt 3 Tablespoons of butter in a thick-bottomed oven-safe pot on medium high heat. When the butter is melted and starts to foam sprinkle with 3 Tablespoons of flour. Whisk to combine. Lower the heat to medium and cook for 2 minutes.

Pour in the milk and whisk vigorously to combine, breaking up any clumps of flour. Lower the heat to medium low and let cook, whisking frequently, until the sauce is smooth. Stir in the Worcestershire sauce, and 1 teaspoon of salt.
Whisk in 1 cup of grated Mozzarella  and 1/2 cup of the Cheddar. Stir until the cheese is melted and the sauce is smooth.

Stir in the broccoli and the pasta until well combined. Pour it into a 9 x 13 inch pan and sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup of grated cheddar cheese on top and place under preheated broiler for 5 to 7 minutes until bubbly and lightly browned.

Add more salt and pepper to taste.

Happy Healthier Eating!

Kristen

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