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Cheesy Mac and Trees

Basic Dish With a Twist
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Try this tasty macaroni and cheese dish with a twist, perfect as a meal, a side dish, or for parties and get togethers.
  • Salt1 pound whole wheat or whole grain rotini or penne with lines1 large head broccoli
  • trimmed and cut into small florets3 tablespoons butter1 clove garlic
  • finely chopped3 tablespoons flour1/2 cup chicken stock2 cups low fat milk2 1/2 cups shredded extra-sharp yellow cheddar cheese
  • dividedPepper1/4 cup chives
  • chopped or 2 scallions
  • thinly sliced (optional)
step-by-step directions We've Made Cooking As Easy As 1-2-3! printer friendly version 
  • 1
    Preheat the broiler.
  • 2
    Bring a large pot of water to a boil for the pasta.
  • 3
    1 pound whole wheat or whole grain rotini or penne with lines
    Salt the water and cook the pasta to al dente, according to the package directions (about 10-12 minutes total, depending on the brand).
  • 4
    1 large head broccoli, trimmed and cut into small florets
    When the pasta has been cooking for a couple of minutes, add the broccoli to the water and finish cooking everything together, 8 minutes more.
  • 5
    3 tablespoons butter
    Meanwhile, melt the butter in a saucepot over medium heat.
  • 6
    1 clove garlic, finely chopped
    Add the garlic and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  • 7
    3 tablespoons flour
    1/2 cup chicken stock
    2 cups low fat milk
    Whisk in the flour and cook for 1 minute, then whisk in the stock and milk.
  • 8
    2 1/2 cups shredded extra-sharp yellow cheddar cheese, divided
    Let the sauce thicken to coat the back of a spoon; stir in 2 cups of cheese and season with salt and pepper.
  • 9
    Drain the pasta and broccoli and toss with the sauce.
  • 10
    Adjust the seasonings, to taste.
  • 11
    Remaining hredded extra-sharp yellow cheddar cheese
    1/4 cup chives, chopped or 2 scallions, thinly sliced (optional)
    Place in a large casserole dish and top with the remaining cheese and chives or scallions, then place under the broiler to bubble and brown the top.

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