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Healthy Mac & Cheese? Yes, Please!

Blair Myers
Macaroni and cheese is pretty much considered a classic in America these days. From kids to adults, everyone loves a nice serving of this delicious cheesy goodness. However, those that have maintain a healthy lifetyle know that this dish is usually off limits with their diet plan. Fear not cheeseheads, this recipe of the day takes a new approach to this beloved classic and turns it into a healthier dinner option.
Skinny Baked Broccoli Mac & Cheese, From Prep to Plate within 30 minutes!
Courtesy of Hello Healthy


  • 12 oz (approx. 1 box) whole wheat fusilli pasta
  • 1 1/2 tbsp butter
  • 1/4 cup minced onion
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 cups skim milk
  • 1 cup fat free chicken broth (vegetarians use vegetable broth)
  • 2 cups reduced-fat sharp cheddar
  • 12 oz fresh broccoli florets (I used pre-cut bag)
  • 2 tbsp grated parmesan
  • 1/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • cooking spray
  • Optional additions: salt and pepper to taste



Cook pasta and broccoli together in a large pot of salted water, according to package directions for al dente (or slightly under cook 2 minutes). Spray a baking dish with cooking spray. Preheat oven to 375°.


In a large, heavy skillet, melt butter. Add onion and cook over low heat about 2 minutes, add flour and cook another minute, or until the flour is golden and well combined. Add milk and chicken broth and whisk, raising heat to medium-high until it comes to a boil; cook about 5 minutes or until the sauce becomes smooth and thick. Season with salt and pepper (optional).


Once the sauce is thick, remove from heat, add cheese and mix well until cheese is melted. Adjust salt and pepper to taste, add cooked macaroni and broccoli and mix well. Pour into prepared baking dish. Top with grated cheese and breadcrumbs. Spray a little more cooking spray on top.


Bake for 15-20 minutes, then broil for a few minutes to get the breadcrumbs golden.


Nutrition Information

Serves: 8 | Serving Size: 1 cup


Per serving: Calories: 333; Total Fat: 10g; Saturated Fat: 5g; Monounsaturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 28mg; Sodium: 393mg; Total Carbohydrate: 40g; Dietary Fiber: 5g; Sugars: 2g; Protein: 18g


Nutrition Bonus: Potassium: 288mg; Vitamin A: 13%; Vitamin C: 65%; Calcium: 37%; Iron: 4%

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