Macaroni and cheese doesn’t have to mean you are selling yourself short on flavor.  This healthy macaroni and cheese with broccoli recipe is hearty, creamy and cheesy, which is a win-win for any mac and cheese recipe.  

Don’t let the word broccoli deter you from trying this dish.

Healthy Macaroni and Cheese with Broccoli

When I was little, I used to want to be Kraft mac and cheese.  Like from the box.  Apparently, I loved this stuff so much that I had decided that I didn’t only want to be Kraft mac and cheese, I wanted to marry it.  

Granted, I was probably 4 or 5, but this story has been told many times  – thanks Meme – and I can’t really hide from it.  

To be fair, I really did love Kraft mac and cheese and ate it probably every meal for a long time.  I mean, why else would they tell me I wanted to marry it?

Healthy Macaroni and Cheese with Broccoli

Well, some 28 years later I still love macaroni and cheese, but I like the adult version of it.  If you are interested in additional pasta recipes, I suggest trying this creamy chicken pasta with bacon recipe or the creamy Bruschetta chicken pasta recipe.

This recipe is a healthy version of the classic with a few additions. I don’t know a kid that doesn’t love mac and cheese, and this is no exception.

Steamed broccoli swoops in to make this dish feel a little bit more grown up, and I added pre-cooked chopped chicken because I wanted this to be more like a meal than a side dish.  And boy, did it deliver.

Healthy Macaroni and Cheese with Broccoli

To make this healthy macaroni and cheese with broccoli:

  1. Cook the macaroni according to the package directions.

  2. Heat a large nonstick skillet with olive oil spray to medium-low heat.  Add the onion and cook until the onion is translucent.  Remove from heat and add the semisoft cheese.  Add the chicken and stir until combined.

  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour and Almond Milk.  Add to the chicken mixture and stir until thickened.

  4. Meanwhile, bring a small pot to a boil for steaming the broccoli. Steam the broccoli until it is crisp, yet cooked.

  5. Stir in the cheddar cheese until melted. Add the cooked macaroni, spinach and broccoli.

What is your favorite pasta recipe?

Healthy Macaroni and Cheese with Broccoli

Healthy Macaroni and Cheese with Broccoli

Dash of Herbs
This recipe is 5 SmartPoints per serving, 1 cup.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings
Calories 576 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup elbow macaroni
  • 1 package pre-cooked chicken strips chopped
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1 4oz package light semisoft cheese with garlic and herbs. I used goat cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups Almond Milk or another low-fat milk
  • 1 Tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup reduced fat cheese shredded
  • 2 cups baby spinach chopped
  • 1 bunch broccoli florets chopped

Instructions
 

  • Cook the macaroni according to the package directions.
  • Heat a large nonstick skillet with olive oil spray to medium-low heat.  Add the onion and cook until the onion is translucent.
  • Remove the onion from skillet and add the semisoft cheese. Add the chicken and stir until combined.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the flour and Almond Milk. Add to the chicken mixture and stir until thickened.
  • Meanwhile, bring a small pot to a boil for steaming the broccoli. Steam the broccoli until it is crisp, yet cooked.  Stir in the cheddar cheese until melted. Add the cooked macaroni, spinach and broccoli.

Notes

You can substitute low fat cream cheese if you can’t find the semi-soft cheese.  Use 4oz of the low fat cream cheese, like you would with the semi-soft cheese.

Nutrition

Calories: 576kcalCarbohydrates: 26.1gProtein: 43.2gFat: 33.2gSaturated Fat: 12.6gCholesterol: 141.2mgSodium: 355mgFiber: 3.8gSugar: 6.2g
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