Ally's Sweet and Savory Eats: Broccoli and Cheddar Mac

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Broccoli and Cheddar Mac

So last weekend I was bragging as it was 80 degrees out.  Well today, it is windy, cold and snowing.  Yeah, the joys of spring in Iowa.  I do have faith it will EVENTUALLY get warm.

Someday.

Since the husband works somewhat "odd" hours, on the nights he isn't home I don't usually cook dinner.  The little man and I fend for our self, eating leftovers, sandwiches, or random "put together" dinners.  It works for us.  But when we are all home, I like to have a nice hot meal on the dinner table.  I figure it is the least I can do, since the other nights he's eating a cold lunch out of his cooler.

Last night I made meatloaf (which for some reason I now really love), and this broccoli and cheddar mac.  It is another variation of my mac and cheese, just tweaked a little.


Broccoli and Cheddar Mac
1/2 lb. pasta (I used brown rice elbow macaroni)
2 c. broccoli florets
3 T. butter
2 T. flour
2 c. milk
1/2 c. sour cream
1/4 c. parmesan cheese
2 c. shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 t. garlic salt
1 t. pepper

In a large saucepan cook pasta until al dente, leave a little bite to them as they will continue to cook in the oven.  In another sauce pan over medium heat, melt butter.  Sprinkle in flour and whisk until combined, and let it get bubbly, a few minutes.  Stir in milk and continue whisking until thickened.  Let sit a few minutes and it will thicken even more.  Stir in sour cream and cheeses until melted.  Turn to low heat and keep warm.

Once pasta is cooked, drain and add in broccoli.  Pour in cheese and stir to combine.  Put in a sprayed baking dish and bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until bubbly.

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In other news, did you notice the recipe search I added on the right side of my home page?  I've had MANY of you ask for a better way to search all my recipes...so here you go!  They are all in alphabetical order and very easy to find, I hope this helps!

Gosh, looking through them all the other day was a little overwhelming - there are a lot!  Do you have a favorite I need to try again?  Or one that you tried and loved?

Please let me know!

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