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A skillet of broccoli mac and cheese in a creamy cheddar sauce.

Broccoli Mac and Cheese

This broccoli mac and cheese is an easy stovetop recipe with tender pasta in a creamy cheddar cheese sauce and plenty of fresh steamed broccoli. An easy and family friendly meal!
Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 446kcal
Author Sara Welch


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups water
  • 4 cups milk
  • 12 ounces medium shell pasta uncooked
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups steamed broccoli florets


  • Melt the butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add the flour, then whisk until combined, about 30 seconds.
  • Pour in the water and whisk until smooth and just thickened.
  • Add the milk and whisk until combined.
  • Stir in the shell pasta salt, garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika and pepper, then bring the mixture to a simmer.
  • Cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until pasta is done
  • Turn the heat to low, then stir in the cheese. Keep stirring until the sauce is smooth. Stir in the broccoli, then serve.


Calories: 446kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 21g | Cholesterol: 105mg | Sodium: 666mg | Potassium: 288mg | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 1215IU | Calcium: 729mg | Iron: 0.7mg