Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Skillet Macaroni and Cheese with Broccoli

Macaroni and cheese is one of my all time favorite comfort foods.  I mean, just the sound of it is comforting; mac and cheese.  Don't you think?  I'm glad we agree!  As much as I love a dish of classic mac and cheese, I am always eager to try new variations of this delicious classic.  

 I love this recipe for many reasons, the main reason being it's mac and cheese!  I have been craving a pasta recipe that incorporated broccoli, and this met and exceeded my expectations.  This dish is wonderful because it is perfect to throw together on a week night, as it comes together relatively quickly.  Another plus, it only dirties up one dish!  It incorporates a vegetable.  And most importantly, it's full of cheesy goodness.  There are multitude of flavors going on in this dish that compliment each other wonderfully.  I love the sharp tang from the cheddar, the ooey gooey goodness from the Monterey Jack, a hint of spice from the hot sauce and the red pepper flakes.  Once all these flavors are combined, you've got a dish that is a crowd pleaser for both young and old.  Plus it's good for you since broccoli is incorporated!   

Skillet Macaroni and Cheese with Broccoli

4 Cups water, plus more as needed
10-12 oz broccoli florets, cut into bite-size pieces
3 Tbsp unsalted butter
1 (12oz) can evaporated milk
1/4 Tsp hot sauce
3 Garlic cloves, minced
1/4 Tsp red pepper flakes
3/4 Tsp cornstarch
1/2 Tsp dry mustard
Salt and pepper
12 oz pasta
6 oz extra sharp white cheddar cheese, shredded (about 1 1/2 cups)
6 oz Monterey Jack cheese, shredded (about 1 1/2 cups)


Place a 12 inch skillet over medium-high heat, add 1/2 cup water and bring to a boil.  Add broccoli and season with a dash of salt, cover and cook until broccoli is tender, about 5 minutes.  Drain broccoli and set aside.

Wipe any remaining broccoli out of skillet and return to low-medium heat.  Add butter and allow to melt.  Add the garlic and pepper flakes, cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.  Add the remaining 3 1/2 cups water, 1 cup of evaporated milk, 1/2 teaspoon of salt and the pasta and stir to combine.  Bring the mixture to a fast simmer, and cook.  Stir mixture frequently, until pasta is tender and the sauce has thickened, about 9-12 minutes.

In a separate cup whisk together the remaining 1/2 cup evaporated milk, dry mustard, hot sauce, and cornstarch.  Stir the mixture into the pasta mixture and continue to simmer for an additional 2-3 minutes, until sauce has thickened.

Remove from heat.  Add the sharp cheddar and Monterey Jack to the pasta and stir to melt the cheese.  If the mixture seems too thick, add and addtional 1-2 tablespoons of water.  Stir in the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter, broccoli and season with salt and pepper.  Allow to rest 5-10 minutes before serving.

Recipe source: adapted from America's Test Kitchen's Pasta Revolution, via Pink-Parsley

1 comment:

LoveFoodCookFood said...

Spinach and cheese go so well together. What a delicious looking dish.

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