Mac & Cheese with Charred Broccoli & Onion

Mac & Cheese with Charred Broccoli & Onion

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From: Diabetic Living Magazine

In this recipe we've taken basic macaroni and cheese to a whole new level. Charred broccoli and onions are added to cooked elbow pasta, mixed together in a mustardy cheese sauce and cooked on a sheet-pan in the oven. Simple to make, and not much to clean up!

Ingredients 8 servings

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  • Nonstick olive oil cooking spray
  • 6 cups small broccoli florets
  • 2 cups chopped red onions
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 (8.5 ounce) packages fully-cooked elbow pasta, such as Barilla®
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • ½ cup light mayonnaise
  • 1½ teaspoons dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 cups evaporated fat-free milk
  • 6 ounces reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • ½ cup panko bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons snipped fresh parsley


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  1. Preheat oven to 450°F. Coat a 15x10-inch baking pan with cooking spray. Add broccoli, onions, and garlic; drizzle with oil. Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until broccoli and onions are lightly charred (do not stir). Remove from oven. Reduce oven temperature to 350°F.
  2. Meanwhile, heat pasta according to package directions; cool slightly.
  3. In a large bowl combine eggs, mayonnaise, dry mustard, pepper, and salt. Gradually whisk in evaporated milk. Stir in broccoli mixture, pasta, and cheese.
  4. Re-coat baking pan with cooking spray. Spread pasta mixture in the prepared baking pan. Sprinkle with bread crumbs; lightly coat crumbs with cooking spray. Bake 15 minutes or until light brown and bubbly. Sprinkle with parsley.
  • Tip: Shred cheese from a block of reduced-fat cheddar. Pre-shredded reduced-fat cheese does not melt.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 1 cup
  • Per serving: 373 calories; 11 g fat(2 g sat); 4 g fiber; 42 g carbohydrates; 28 g protein; 74 mg cholesterol; 19 g sugars; 555 mg sodium;
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 3
  • Exchanges: 2 fat, 2 starch, 1½ vegetable, ½ lean protein, ½ milk

Reviews 1

December 01, 2018
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By: Lex
Mac & Cheese I think of, out of the box and I'll have nothing to do with that stuff. My wife likes Mac & Cheese so thought I try this recipe and wow! It was great. Though I would use more Cheese than the recipe calls for the next time I whip up this dish.
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