When grocery shopping, I am not normally swayed into purchasing magazines from the rack in front of the checkout line. (Though I will certainly read them while waiting and I may or may not be guilty of snapping a photo once or twice so I would remember to look up something after getting home…)
As I was waiting in line a few weeks ago, one of the recipes on the cover of Clean Eating Magazine caught my eye. They featured a recipe for Broccoli and White Bean Mac and Cheese that looked and sounded really good. It also seemed really healthy and the ingredients are foods that I almost always have on hand. After flipping through the magazine, I found a few recipes that I liked and went ahead and bought the magazine.
For being such a healthy version of Mac and Cheese, we we not disappointed! The dish turned out pretty good. Everyone ate it (after I let my 7 year old pick out the broccoli, that is) and we had no leftovers. My hubby particularly enjoyed the dish.
Broccoli and White Bean Mac and Cheese adapted from Clean Eating Magazine
1 cup skim milk, divided
3 Tbsp. flour
3/4 cup nonfat evaporated milk
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
5 oz. sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (about 1 1/4 cup)
5 Tbsp. finely grated or powdered Romano cheese, divided
Salt and Pepper to taste
4 oz. elbow macaroni (about 1 cup)
3 cups chopped broccoli florets (or less)
1 red bell pepper, chopped (I used an orange bell pepper)
1 cup canned white beans, drained and rinsed (I used the whole can which was about 1.5 cups)
1/2 tsp. paprika
1. In a small bowl, whisk 1/4 cup skim milk and flour; set aside.
What is your favorite Homemade Mac and Cheese Recipe? I will admit I’ve only made homemade mac and cheese a handful of times and personally, I still prefer the flavor of Kraft macaroni and cheese. (I know, that is so wrong on so many levels, but it is just something about the cheese flavor I really like… My daughter prefers the flavor of cafeteria-style mac and cheese. <yuck!>)
I’m very interested in trying some new mac and cheese recipes and would love for you to share links to your favorite recipes in the comments!
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About the Author
Jamie Sanders is a wife and mom of 2, located in the heart of Texas. She founded Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom in 2011 as a place to share creative ideas and family friendly recipes. Her work has been featured on Martha Stewart, Woman’s World, HuffPost, TODAY, Pioneer Woman, HGTV, CNET, Good Housekeeping, Yahoo, Oprah Daily, and Redbook, plus many other publications. To date, she had given away just under a million free pdf sewing patterns.