Creamy Stove Top Broccoli, Macaroni and Cheese

Yield: 8-10 servings                              Cooking Time:  30 minutes        Prep Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 box (1 lb) elbow pasta
  • 3 tbsps butter
  • 3 celery stalks
  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 bushes (4 cups) broccoli
  • 4 cups extra sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups monterrey jack cheese
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups milk, whole
  • 1 1/2 cup vegetable, chicken or beef broth
  • 1 cup heavy cream or half and half
  • salt and pepper for tasting

Topping (optional):

  • 1/2 cup breadcrumb
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese

Directions:

  1. Cook the pasta according to package instructions.
  2. Cut the celery and onions into small dice and set aside.  Remove the stalks from the broccoli and break them up into small florets.
  3. In a large pot, add the butter on medium heat.  Add the onions, celery and broccoli. Let cook stirring occasionally until soft.
  4. Add the milk, broth and heavy cream, or half and half, and stir.  Then, add the cheeses, stir, and add salt and pepper for taste.
  5. Serve as is or add the breadcrumb/parmesan topping and place in oven at 350º F for 20 minutes or until golden brown (see photo below).Baked Mac and Cheese.jpg

NOTE: Most people use processed cheese to make this dish, however, I prefer to use real cheeses for a healthier meal.