You toss the dry macaroni in with the cheese sauce and broccoli and bake!
It’s ultra cheesy
It will remind you of your childhood
You’ll only need 10 basic ingredients
It’s simple to prepare and makes great leftovers!
Here is everything you will need to make this yummy no bail mac and cheese. Only 10 ingredients and most are pantry staples.
Sharp Cheddar Cheese: We loving using a sharp cheddar for this recipe because it delivers the classic taste you crave when enjoying a big bowl of mac and cheese. Remember to buy a block and grate your own, the pre-shredded will result in a gritty and lumpy mac and cheese.
Macaroni noodles: You can use any small pasta shape you prefer, even gluten free noodles work!
Broccoli: As much as we love broccoli in this dish, feel free to leave it out or add in fresh spinach (fold it into the mac after it is baked)
Step by Step Directions
Prep everything: Chop up the broccoli, shred the cheese, pre-heat the oven to 400°F and spray a 9×13 inch casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray.
Fill the casserole dish: combine the dry macaroni noodles with 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese and the broccoli.
Make the cheese sauce: The flour and butter make a roux and you’ll whisk in the milk, water, cheese and seasonings until a thin glossy sauce forms.
Pour cheese sauce over noodles, stir to combine.
Bake and allow to rest for 5-10 minutes before serving.
Expert Tips and Variations
Any small shape pasta will work: Penne, Ziti, Shells, Rotini, Farfalle, Fussili etc.
We recommend buying a block of cheese and grating yourself since the pre-shredded cheese contains preservatives that keeps them from melting which can result in a gritty mac and cheese.
You could also use Velveeta if that’s your thing. It will give this mac and cheese a creamier look and taste!
You can add a breadcrumb topping and let it bake for another 5-10 minutes until the top is golden brown. (1 cup panko breacrumbs would be plenty)
Use any oven safe 9×13 or 3 quart baking dish. Be sure to spray with non stick spray or lightly coat with olive oil to prevent pasta from sticking.
What do I do if my mac and cheese is dry?
You can revive it by adding a splash of milk, half & half or heavy cream.
What does dry mustard do for macaroni and cheese?
It helps to round out the flavors. Don’t worry, the macaroni won’t taste mustardy!
What cheese is best in mac and cheese?
This recipe uses sharp cheddar but other cheeses such as Gouda, Gruyere and Cream Cheese all make delicious options.
What can I add to my mac and cheese?
The great thing about mac and cheese is how versatile it is! Add in bacon, sausage, baby spinach, hot sauce, diced ham, green chilies and chicken, canned beans and salsa, breadcrumbs, etc.
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