Macaroni and Trees

Macaroni and Trees

Recipe Rating: 3.9823
Serves 6
A kid-friendly recipe that combines their favorite mac and cheese with healthy green veggies.
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 4 cups broccoli florets
  • 8 ounces dry fusilli pasta
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups low-fat milk
  • pinch black pepper
  • pinch cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
Preheat the broiler. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add broccoli, return to a boil and cook, uncovered, until al dente, about 4 minutes. Remove broccoli with a slotted spoon, leaving the water in the pot. Add pasta and cook until just tender, about 10 minutes. Drain.

Meanwhile, melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir in flour and cook gently for about a minute. Whisk in milk, salt, pepper and cayenne. Bring milk mixture to a simmer, reduce the heat, and cook until mixture thickens, about 5 minutes. Stir in about two thirds of the cheese until it has melted. Remove saucepan from heat and set aside.

In 2-quart oven-proof dish, combine pasta with about 2/3 of the cheese sauce. Add broccoli to the remaining cheese sauce in the saucepan.

Place the broccoli around the edge of the dish, topping the pasta. Sprinkle remaining cheese over the top and broil until cheese begins to bubble, about 3 minutes.
Nutritional Info: 
Per Serving: 400 calories (180 from fat), 20g total fat, 12g saturated fat, 60mg cholesterol, 480mg sodium, 37g carbohydrates, (3 g dietary fiber, 6g sugar), 19g protein.
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