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Broccoli Bacon Macaroni and Cheese - Homemade mac 'n cheese loaded with broccoli, a sprinkle of bacon, and lots of cheesy flavor.

Broccoli Bacon Macaroni and Cheese

Katerina | Diethood
Broccoli Bacon Macaroni and Cheese - Homemade mac 'n cheese loaded with broccoli, a sprinkle of bacon, and lots of cheesy flavor.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 8 ounces whole grain elbow macaroni
  • 4 cups fresh broccoli florets
  • 4 slices uncured bacon
  • 1 yellow onion , diced
  • 2 garlic cloves , minced
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1 cup pasta water
  • 1 cup skim milk or dairy-free milk
  • 3/4 cups reduced fat shredded cheddar cheese
  • 3/4 cups reduced fat shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder , or to taste
  • fresh ground pepper , to taste

Instructions
 

  • Add pasta to boiling water and cook according to the directions on the package, adding the broccoli during the last 3 minutes of cooking.
  • Reserve 1 cup of the pasta water and drain the rest.
  • In the meantime, cook the bacon in a large saucepan to a desired crispness; using a slotted spoon, remove the bacon and drain on paper towels. Set aside.
  • Add the diced onions to the pan and cook for 2 minutes; stir in garlic and continue to cook and stir for 1 more minute.
  • Whisk in the flour and mustard; cook for 2 minutes whisking constantly.
  • Pour pasta water and milk into the pan and continue to whisk until mixture is completely smooth and thickened; about 4 minutes.
  • Add the cheeses and continue to cook, whisking, until creamy; about 2 more minutes.
  • Season with chili powder and pepper.
  • Stir in the pasta and broccoli.
  • Remove from heat and taste for seasonings; adjust accordingly.
  • Serve.

Nutrition

Net Carbs: 0 g

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: healthy mac n cheese recipe, mac n cheese recipe