If there was one food I could eat over and over again, it would absolutely have to be pasta, specifically mac and cheese. There is something so delicious and comforting about a cheesy baked pasta dish. The savory, cheesy, texture from the pasta combined with the roasted, charred broccoli literally sends my tastebuds on a flavorful journey, one that I could embark everyday. I know how important it is to get vegetables in daily, and by adding broccoli to this dish, it incorporates the best of both worlds. *cue Hannah Montana*
Broccoli mac and cheese is obviously not a new invention, but I do know that most of the recipes I've read call for steaming or blanching the broccoli, not necessarily roasting. One of my favorite ways to prep broccoli is by roasting, so I thought how bad could it be to add it to macaroni and cheese? MINDBLOWN. Not only does this dish amp up a fan favorite of broccoli, but it adds another layer of texture and flavor. Macaroni and cheese in and of itself is insanely delicious, so making this roasted broccoli mac and cheese version was simply perfection. Plus, the first time I ever made it (and shared with the world on IG), I was being admitted into labor and delivery to give birth to my son, so I have a special bond with this dish regardless of how tasty it is.
As the new year begins to unfold, we are always more aware of what we eat, how much we eat, and I say ditch the mindset of dieting and restricting yourself. Enjoy the cake, eat the pasta, and incorporate health when you can and need! Who says life needs to be boring? NO ONE. Make this mac and cheese and indulge to your heart's desire.
A classic macaroni and cheese, but add broccoli. This timeless classic of mac and cheese only gets better with roasted broccoli thrown into the mix. Make this dinner ahead of time and pat yourself on the back, I guarantee your family will sing your praises after this roasted broccoli mac and cheese.
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