Broccoli Cheddar Mac and Cheese

Broccoli Cheddar Mac and Cheese transforms a simple stove top mac and cheese recipe into healthier comfort food with the addition of sauteed garlic and broccoli. Bonus, it takes less than 20 minutes to make!  Thank you to  Pompeian for sponsoring this post for what’s #TrendingInTheKitchen

Broccoli Cheddar Mac & Cheese |

During the holiday season, when life inevitably gets busy, having a variety of easy-to-make comfort food recipes on hand are so helpful. And if those recipe are made healthier, even better!  In fact, comfort foods made healthier is one of the food trends identified by Pompeian for 2017.

At least once a week, I make an easy Stove Top Mac and Cheese recipe. This recipe uses only 4 simple ingredients, takes 15 minutes to make, and is meal the whole family enjoys. While the base mac and cheese recipe is made on the lighter side as-is, this easy comfort food can be made even healthier with the addition of broccoli to become Broccoli and Cheddar Mac and Cheese!

Broccoli Cheddar Mac & Cheese |

To make this Broccoli Cheddar Mac and Cheese recipe, first saute garlic, in Pompeian Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil until browned and fragrant. Next add steamed broccoli florets with the garlic and toss to combine. Set aside while preparing the stove top mac and cheese recipe, combine everything together and enjoy!

Broccoli Cheddar Mac & Cheese |

In this recipe, I used Pompeian’s Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil because it is a full-bodied, multi-purpose olive oil that is a staple in our pantry. Not only does it work well preparing the broccoli and garlic mixture in this Broccoli Cheddar Mac and Cheese recipe, it also is a perfect base for dressing, salads and vinaigrettes, or simply as a table condiment for dipping bread or crudité. This extra virgin olive oil ensures health-conscious consumers of the careful handling and production they treasure, along with the wonderful flavor they expect from Pompeian.

Broccoli Cheddar Mac & Cheese |

Broccoli Cheddar Mac and Cheese is classic comfort made healthier with the delicious addition of sauteed broccoli. Broccoli and cheddar are a classic combination, and combined with garlic, makes this quick and easy Broccoli Cheddar Mac and Cheese recipe absolutely irresistible!

Broccoli Cheddar Mac and Cheese
Yields: 4 to 6
  • 12 ounces elbow macaroni (or any short pasta)
  • 1 tablespoon Pompeian Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups chopped steamed broccoli florets
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded extra sharp cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1 (12-ounce) can fat free evaporated milk
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  1. Heat Pompeian Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high. Add garlic and cook until fragrant (about 1 minutes). Add broccoli, stir to combine and reduce heat to low.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large sauce pan, cook pasta according to package directions, drain and put back in the sauce pan over medium-low heat.
  3. Add cheese and milk, stirring frequently, until smooth and then quickly stir in egg. Last, add broccoli mixture, stirring to combine and serve!

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