Thursday, June 9, 2011

Baked Broccoli Cheddar Mac Recipe

Day 160.

I'll tell you I hesitated about using the Broccoli Cheese filling from my Broccoli Cheddar Pockets Recipe for my Leftover Creation. It was so perfect as-is that I didn't want to waste it. I nearly made Eggplant Bruschetta Pasta with one of my canned Eggplant Caponata jars. But, I decided, since that's canned, I can always make that later. And I compromised by making a half-recipe (an 8 x 8 dish instead of a 13 x 9) of this pasta. Just in case.

Baked Broccoli Cheddar Mac
1/2 pound macaroni noodles
2 carrots, (about 1.5 cups) diced
1.5 cups Broccoli Cheddar filling
3 cups Mozzarella cheese, shredded*
1 cup homemade breadcrumbs (or panko)

Vegan Converter:
*3 cups Daiya shredded Mozzarella cheese 

Boil pasta. Meanwhile, dice carrots. With about 5 minutes left on pasta. Add carrots to water.

Preheat oven to 400.

Strain pasta and carrots. Add to a bowl and mix with Broccoli Cheddar filling. Spray an 8 x 8 baking dish with non-stick spray. Pour in cheesy pasta. Top with Mozzarella and bread crumbs. 

Bake at 400 for 15-20 minutes, until cheese is melted and browning and breadcrumbs are toasted. 

The Results
I was so wrong to make the half dish. This is fantastic. I absolutely love it. Cheesy and delicious and still tasting wonderfully like broccoli. The toast and cheese on top are just an extra layer of deliciousness.
I will happily make both the original Soup Pockets and this meal again. Yum.

Project: Food Budget
So far just $50 at Kroger this go-around. Adding that to the CSA box, we're at $96 for the month.

Goal: $75/$300
Actual: $50/$96

This post is shared with Simple Lives Thursday, Tip Day Thursday, Frugal Food Thursday, Recipe Swap Thursday,Recipes I Can't Wait to Try, Things I Love Thursday, It's a Keeper, Full Plate Thursday, Grocery Cart Challenge, Cooking Thursday and Ultimate Recipe Swap.


  1. Hi Kristi,
    We love Mac N Cheese and your recipe is packed with good for you goodies. We would really enjoy this dish. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday, have a great week end and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  2. Thank you as always Miz Helen. :) See you next week!