Broccoli Mac and Cheese

healthy broccoli mac and cheese

I am always trying to find a way to make my kids favorite foods a little more healthy. I also like to collect easy macaroni and cheese recipes with just a few steps. This recipe for Broccoli Mac and Cheese is delicious and healthy! I think I got this recipe from my local grocery store.  It makes quite a bit so we had some leftover for lunch the next day.  Yum!

Broccoli Mac and Cheese:

1 T unsalted butter
1 1/2 T flour
1 t Dijon mustard
2 c low-fat milk
1 1/2 c shredded fat-free cheddar cheese (6 oz)
2 oz grated Parmesan (1/2 c)
1 (14.5-oz) pkg. whole wheat elbow macaroni
3 c broccoli florets, steamed

1. In a medium saucepan melt butter over medium-high heat.  Stir in flour to form a roux*.  Stir in mustard, and gradually stir in milk; cook and stir 4- 6 minutes or until mixture begins to bubble.  Season with pepper to taste.

2. Slowly add Cheddar and Parmesan, stirring continuously until cheese melts.

3. Meanwhile, cook macaroni al dente according to package directions; drain; return to pot.  Stir in broccoli.  Carefully pour cheese mixture over macaroni in pot; stir to coat.  Serve immediately.

Serves 8

* A roux is a thickening sauce made with flour, butter, and a liquid.


  1. says

    This sounds yummy. Just received some fresh broccoli from my CSA so this is on the list of things to try this weekend. Thanks.

  2. says

    I have little ones too. I have to try. Do they like this alot. We used to shamelessly slap brocolli on boxed mac and cheese. It did not go well=)

  3. says

    Great recipe! I’m glad I’ve found your blog; we have similar interests in caring for the home and hearts of those who enter it!

  4. says

    This sounds yummy! I don’t have little ones to tempt with veggies but I definitely fancy giving this recipe a go!

  5. says

    I love broccoli, I love mac and cheese! This is perfect! I’ve added it before… you’ll say I’m crazy but I’ve added tuna to mac and cheese and LOVE IT! … Thanks for stopping by “The Coffee Shop” ! 🙂

  6. says

    I love broccoli, mac and cheese mixed together, but I’ve never added mustard to it, so thanks for the new twist. I like to mix stuff together like this so there are less dishes to clean up. It’s often better the 2nd day, too! Yum!