Broccoli Mac & Cheese

  • Prep10 min.
  • Total30 min.
  • serv 6

Broccoli, pasta, shredded Cheddar and a creamy cheese sauce are combined and topped with a tasty bread crumb mixture. It’s a family-friendly dish that’s a guaranteed winner!

POSTED IN: Alfredo Sauce, Dinner, Quick & Easy, Vegetarian

WHAT YOU'll NEED

  • 8

    ounce (1/2 of a 1-pound package) cavatappi pasta

  • 1

    package (about 12 ounces) frozen broccoli florets or 4 cups fresh broccoli florets

  • 1

    jar (14.5 ounces) Prego® Creamy Cheddar Cheese Sauce

  • 3/4

    cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese (about 3 ounces)

  • 1/4

    teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1/2

    cup Italian-style panko bread crumbs

  • 2

    tablespoon butter, melted

  • HOW TO MAKE IT

    • 1

      Heat the oven to 350°F. Spray a 11 x 7 x 2-inch baking dish with vegetable cooking spray.

    • 2

      Prepare the pasta according to the package directions in a 3-quart saucepan. Add the broccoli during the last 3 minutes of cooking time. Drain the pasta mixture well in a colander, reserving 1/2 cup cooking liquid.

    • 3

      Return the pasta mixture to the saucepan. Stir in the cheese sauce, 1/2 cup cheese, black pepper and reserved cooking liquid and toss to coat. Pour the pasta mixture into the baking dish.

    • 4

      Stir the bread crumbs, remaining cheese and butter in a small bowl. Sprinkle the bread crumb mixture over the pasta mixture.

    • 5

      Bake for 20 minutes or until the mixture is hot and bubbling.

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RECIPE TIPS

Flavor Variation: For a heartier dish, stir 1 cup cubed cooked ham into the pasta mixture before baking.