Creamy Macaroni and Cheese with Broccoli

Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Creamy Macaroni and Cheese with Broccoli in a cast iron skillet with a green and white striped hand towel.

Creamy Macaroni and Cheese with Broccoli is the most requested meal or side dish in our house and since I thought it's been awhile since I originally shared the recipe it would be a great time to update the picture.

There's just something about creamy cheese sauce smothered over pasta and broccoli that always elicits fond childhood memories and brings such comfort to my heart.

My Granny would have never thought, let alone allow a box of macaroni and cheese to enter our house.
It was simply from scratch all the way.

This recipe is very similar to what she would make but my lovely cousin Melissa recently let me know Granny would add a pinch of turmeric, I'm not sure if this was for taste but I am going to assume it was for the lovely yellow color of the turmeric.

I usually make this recipe with pasta shells but they were missing from the pantry on this occasion so macaroni had to suffice.

Feel free to use what pasta you have available. Anything in cheese sauce always is a favorite in our house!

Here's how I make Creamy Macaroni and Cheese with Broccoli:

Flour and Butter in a stainless steel pan with a whisk.

Well we are missing a few pictures but I will try to fill in the blanks for you! First cook pasta in boiling salted water for the time specified on the side of the box for al dente. 2 minutes before the pasta is done cooking throw the broccoli in with the pasta. Once pasta is cooked drain pasta and broccoli, set aside. In a medium to large size pot add:
  • 2 tablespoons Butter
  • 2 tablespoons All-Purpose Flour
Whisk until flour is cooked over medium heat, about 30-45 seconds.

Milk being drizzled into flour roux mixture.

Slowly stir in: 
  • 1 2/3 cup Milk 
Cheddar Cheese being stirring into sauce.

  • 1 pinch Salt or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper or to taste 
Cook until thickened and bubbly over medium heat.

Turn heat to low and stir in:
  • 2 cups Shredded Medium Cheddar Cheese or Sharp Cheddar
Once cheese is melted add pasta/ broccoli mixtures and stir until combined. Enjoy!

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Author: Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch
Macaroni and Cheese with Broccoli

Macaroni and Cheese with Broccoli

Mac and Cheese with broccoli recipe is a family favorite for a quick easy meal or side dish from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch.
Prep time: 5 MCook time: 15 MTotal time: 20 M


  • 16 ounces Pasta, Macaroni or Shells
  • 4 cups Broccoli, Chopped (Optional)
  • 2 tablespoons Butter
  • 2 tablespoons All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 pinch Salt or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon Pepper or to taste
  • 1 2/3 cup Milk
  • 2 cups Shredded Medium or Sharp Cheddar Cheese


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and salt well. Cook pasta according to instructions on side of package for al dente. 2 minutes before pasta is done add the broccoli to the pasta.
  2. Once pasta is cooked to al dente, drain the pasta and the broccoli. Set aside.
  3. In a medium to large pot add butter and flour. Stir together over medium heat.
  4. Cook for about 35-45 seconds, until flour is cooked.
  5. Slowly stir in milk while whisking.
  6. Add salt and pepper and cook until thickened and bubbly.
  7. Turn heat to low and add cheese. Once cheese in melted stir in pasta/broccoli mixture and remove from heat.
  8. Serve immediately.



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  1. Sounds and looks delicious!

    Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving kind words! Come again!

  2. Very nice to meet you Serena. This sounds like a wonderful, satisfying meal for hubby and me! I have become a follower and hope you'll visit again when you have the time. I look forward to more great recipes from you. Happy Valentine's to you and yours. Mildred

  3. Now that is my kind of eating every night if I could get away with it. I love bread and pasta but it does not like me so I have to limit myself. Give me this and I am happier than if you put crablegs in front of me. This looks yummy, when are you serving it again, I am inviting myself over?

  4. Lovely,creamy meatless pasta dish!I absolutely love having these shells - feels like I'm having something exotic!And the green of the broccoli looks so inviting on this dreary day!Thanks so much for sharing this awesome recipe and wishes for a happy Valentine's Day:)

  5. This meatless dish is superb! I love the description of this dish...creamy and cheesy!

    Your blog is fantastic! I would love to follow you for more of your cooking.

  6. What a great way to get your kids to eat more broccoli! I love It!

  7. Delicious! Not only do I love this sort of thing, but honey bunny does, too! If broccoli is invited to the party - he's there!

  8. Hi Serena, happy valentine day to you.
    Your creamy pasta look delicious. yummy.

  9. Perfect way to get some broccoli in for my little grands! Thankyou. blessings ~ tanna

  10. The mac 'n cheese looks fab....I at times find it a tad boring, adding broccoli is a good idea! I was laughing reading about the threat to your home government :-) Took me back to my fights with mom over dinner!

  11. Yum! We had our first snow fall yesterday so I would totally go for a dish like this! Who can say no to a creamy pasta?! Thank you for sharing, Serena! xoxo

  12. Hi! Visiting from Flour Me With Love. This looks yummy and I can't wait to make it for my kidlets. I just know they will love this. :) I would like to invite you to Fabulous Fridays to link up your tasty goodness creations. Hope to see you there. :)

  13. This would be a perfect dish to make when I have friends invited for dinner! Thanks for sharing.

  14. mmmm. Really lovely dish. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I'm looking forward to reading more of yours as well! Happy V-day!

  15. This looks delicious and I love the addition of broccoli! Thank you so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday :)

  16. I love that this is a one pot meal! Great week night dinner for sure. We LOVE broccoli in our house too and I try to throw it in as many dishes as possible. Great recipe, its a keeper!

  17. Looks so yummy! I'm sure my son would love this even with the broccoli. :)

    You have a lovely blog. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog! I'm now a follower of yours and look forward to more delicious ideas. :)

  18. Love quick and delicious pasta recipes like this! So perfect for both kids and adults!

  19. Yum! I love pasta and broccoli!

  20. Perfect combo. My grandkids would love this, and grandpa!

  21. mmm i adore broccoli. and the shells are so kidfriendly!

  22. I would love it if you shared this here:

  23. That looks great. I will have to try it.

  24. First time here very yummy combo glad to follow you ... visit my blog

  25. this looks so yummy n delicoius.... thanx 4 visiting my blog

  26. This looks good. I love healthy meals.

  27. I'm so glad you stopped by to share your recipe with us at Kids in the Kitchen. I appreciate it! I love broccoli and this is such a wonderful recipe to make for the family. We look forward to seeing what you have to offer again next week. Blessings!

    1. Serena, Kelli and I would love for you to link up with us: Every Tuesday is a new link up. Thanks and hope to see you then. Carrie

  28. That's how we make our cheese sauce - I'll have to try it with this recipe - thank you so much for linking up with Kids in the Kitchen - hope to see you next week!!

  29. I love creamy dishes like this, the only problem I have is keeping the broccoli from looking so wilted. Do you steam it on the stove?

  30. This looks delicious! So glad I stumbled across your beautiful blog :)

  31. I'm a mac and cheese addict, but with the added broccoli.. you won the award for being the best!

  32. This sounds really good! Fantastic mac and cheese with broccoli.


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