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An Easy Cheesy White Cheddar and Broccoli Mac and Cheese Shells Casserole that uses smart ingredients for a family favorite meal everyone feels good about.
My kids eat well. In fact, I get a lot of comments about how lucky they are. And I agree to a point, I mean, they do have to eat a lot of meals cold so I can photograph them first. But if you were to ask my kids about it, you might be surprised to learn that sometimes they feel a little deprived.
What?! How is this possible? Well, when your mom makes dinner almost every night, you don’t get to have mac and cheese, and nuggets, and other “kid favorites” all that often.
And I am totally okay with that. However, those are classics, and traditional favorites for a reason. A good mac and cheese, for example, is comfort food at its best. Plus it is easy enough to make that even on the busiest of nights, it will grace the family table. I wanted to transform this family favorite with smarter ingredients.
I didn’t want to eliminate the ease, so I started with a boxed Classic Mac. The Classic Mac Pasta Shells and White Cheddar Cheese from Horizon. Just like a typical box of mac and cheese it comes with the pasta and the cheese packet, but in this case they are organic. Remember, I wanted smarter ingredients.
I then enhanced things by adding a green vegetable, and topped it with some stuffing mix to give it some texture and crunch. Making this “kid” meal into something the whole family could enjoy.
It has just enough creamy, cheesiness to feel like comfort food, but not so much that you worry about your health. And the addition of the broccoli is a great way to increase vegetable intake and enhance flavor. Even my picky eater ate this without (too much) complaint.
And I certainly wasn’t complaining about how quick and easy it was. My biggest tricks to getting this right are:
- Pour the hot water you cooked your noodles in over the top of the broccoli to get it started cooking, that way you get dinner on the table faster, and your broccoli is perfectly tender, but still crispy.
- Make sure it is as creamy as you like. If you find after you stir the pasta and broccoli into the sauce that it is not as creamy as you want, add a little more milk and cheese. However creamy it is when it goes into the casserole dish, is how it will be when you scoop it out. I like mine a little on the dry side to prevent messes (Recipe is to my preference), but if you want it creamier, be sure to add in more milk and cheese.
Let’s get to the recipe:
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