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Mac and Cheese, the ultimate comfort food

During these frigid winter days in New England, we all tend to turn to comfort foods. Sometimes, a little too often. Here is a lighter version of Mac and Cheese with Broccoli. Just as tasty as a full fat version, but healthier for you. If you are looking to try another version, the video accompanying this article shows you how to make a vegan mac and cheese. It sounds like a perfect alternative for those who still crave some mac and cheese but choose to eat vegan. Why not whip up some comfort food tonight?

Mac and cheese is the ultimate comfort food.
Denise M Montville

Lighter Mac & Cheese With Broccoli

  • 2 TBSP butter
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 TBSP dried parsley
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1- 16 oz container 1% cottage cheese, pureed
  • 1- 8 oz package reduced fat cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1- 16 oz box elbow macaroni
  • 1- 16 oz package frozen chopped broccoli, thawed and drained
  • 1 cup reduced fat buttery crackers (optional)

Spray 13x9 inch baking dish and preheat oven to 350 degrees. Melt butter and add onion, cooking until tender. Add flour, parsley, pepper, and garlic powder stirring constantly. Gradually whisk in broth and cottage cheese, whisking occasionally for 10 minutes until thickened and bubbly. Remove from heat and stir in cheeses until melted.

Cook pasta according to package directions, except reduce the cooking time by 2 minutes to avoid mushiness when baking with cheese. Add to cheese mixture and stir in broccoli. Spread in baking pan, top with crushed crackers and bake for 30 minutes.

There are a few other delicious comfort food recipes listed below that you can try out this winter.