Who doesn’t love a good helping of homemade Mac-n-Cheese? It’s undeniably good in almost any variety, but this version takes a classic comfort food to new heights with crisp raw broccoli and subtly smoky ham. For the ultimate in creamy melty goodness, we used cream cheese instead of cheddar for a milder compliment to the other flavors. This dish is so jaw-droppingly good that our picky eater didn’t complain once about the veggies. If that’s not a positive review, I haven’t heard one!
This Mac and Cheese is far better than the unnaturally orange kind most of us grew up with as kids, but makes in about the same amount of time. Cream cheese melts extremely easily, so there is no worry of stringy, separated sauce. It’s also very mild in flavor, which allows the ham and broccoli to shine through. If you want a little more of a cheese kick, just add some crumbled feta or grated parmesan to the sauce at the end. This dish was however, designed to please little Mr. Picky Palate, so we left the stronger cheese notes out.
Another benefit to this recipe is that it’s an all-in-one meal. All of the four food groups are represented happily in a way that both kids and adults can enjoy. It’s sinfully creamy, delightfully decadent, but at least plays at being a bit healthy. The paprika adds a very subtle sweet-smoky note in the background that the little one’s might miss, but the adults will most definitely enjoy, and it’s all ready in less than 30 minutes. Can it get better than that?
Ultra Creamy Ham and Broccoli Mac and Cheese
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 380Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 77mgSodium: 796mgCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 4gSugar: 3gProtein: 22g
Do you have a favorite mac and cheese recipe? Do you secretly stockpile a few boxes of the unnaturally orange stuff in the back of the cupboard for a rainy day? Have you been uneasy about making mac and cheese from scratch? let us know. And definitely let us know if you try the recipe, we’d love to know what you think of it!