Macaroni and cheese is a staple dish in many households. It's always an option in a "Meat + 3" or on a veggie plate. While it's fantastic it's not the healthiest option. I found this recipe online through Weight Watchers and substituted whole wheat pasta.
While it wasn't the most amazing mac and cheese I've ever had it was pretty good. I loved the broccoli and the whole wheat pasta was delicious.
Broccoli Mac and Cheese:
(adapted from Weight Watchers, 7 pps+)
2 spray(s) cooking spray
12 oz uncooked pasta, I used whole wheat (about 2 1/2 cups)
1/8 tsp table salt, for pasta cooking water
10 oz uncooked broccoli, small florets (about 2 1/2 cups)
1 tsp salted butter
1/3 cup(s) fresh bread crumbs
3 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese, divided
2 1/2 cup(s) fat-free skim milk
1/3 cup(s) all-purpose flour
1/2 cup(s) (chopped) uncooked onion(s), diced
1 cup(s) low-fat shredded Cheddar cheese, sharp-variety
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1 1/2 tsp table salt
1/2 tsp black pepper, freshly ground
Preheat oven to 375ºF. Coat a shallow 2-quart baking dish with cooking spray.
Cook pasta in a large pot of lightly salted boiling water according to package directions, adding broccoli to water 3 minutes before pasta will be done; drain pasta and broccoli and return to pot.
Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat; add bread crumbs and cook, stirring often, until light golden, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and transfer crumbs to a small bowl; stir in 1 tablespoon of Parmesan cheese and set aside.
In same saucepan (wipe clean if necessary), whisk together milk and flour until blended; add onion. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, whisking frequently. Reduce heat to low and simmer until thickened, about 2 minutes.
Remove from heat and whisk in cheddar cheese, mustard, salt, pepper and remaining 2 tablespoons of Parmesan cheese. Pour over cooked, drained pasta and broccoli; toss to mix and coat.
Transfer to a baking dish and sprinkle top evenly with bread crumbs. Bake until bubbly at edges, about 20 to 25 minutes. Divide into 8 pieces and serve. Yields 1 piece per serving.