Thursday, January 10, 2008

macaroni cheese and broccoli

This looks simple and easy and oh so yummy! And heck, it's got broccoli in it so it's got to be healthy right? right.

macaroni and cheese with broccoli

3 T butter
3 T whole wheat flour
1/2 t red pepper flakes
2 3/4 c skim milk + an additional 3/4 c
4 c sharp cheddar, grated
2 t dijon mustard
salt & pepper to taste
1 500g pkg of macaroni or any short pasta
1 head of broccoli, cut into florets & stalks trimmed and chopped

topping:
1 T butter, melted
1 c panko bread crumbs1.

Prepare pasta according to package directions. While pasta is cooking, prepare the topping by adding the panko crumbs into the melted butter. Stir well and set aside.2. In a medium sized saucepan, melt butter and whisk in the flour and red pepper flakes. Cook for 3 minutes and then slowly add in the 2 3/4 c of milk. Whisk constantly while bringing to a boil. When it's thickened, add in the cheese, mustard, salt and pepper. Add remaining milk, stir well and remove from heat.3. Just before the pasta finishes cooking, add the broccoli to the boiling pasta and cook until the pasta is finished and the broccoli is bright green, about 4 minutes or so. Drain well and put the broccoli and pasta into a large baking dish. Pour the cheese sauce over the pasta and mix well, making sure the sauce covers all the pasta. Sprinkle topping over the pasta and bake until golden and bubbly, about 30 minutes.

recipe from Everybody Likes Sandwiches

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