Apr 052014

Brocc-aroni and Cheese

How easy it this! Give your box mac and cheese a little more nutritional punch by cooking some broccoli florets right in the boiling pasta water!

Level: Easy
Cost: $$$$
Nutrition: ♥♥♥♥
Skills: Cutting, paying attention to cooking times
Garden Candy Basics - fundamental vegucation for everybody!

1 box macaroni and cheese dinner mix
1 cup of broccoli florets
Milk and butter as directed on the box
Up to ¼ cup additional milk


  1. Cut 1 broccoli crown into small florets, about the same size.
  2. Begin to prepare the box macaroni and cheese dinner as directed on the box but when there’s only about 4 minutes remaining for the pasta to cook, add the broccoli florets to the pot.
  3. Boil pasta and broccoli together for the remaining four minutes.
  4. Drain pasta and broccoli.
  5. Add the cheese sauce mix, butter and milk as directed on the box.
  6. Add additional milk if necessary to make more sauce.


Very excitable and prone to fits of glee, Christine cooks on a vintage 1950 General Electric double-oven stove, does not have a dishwasher unless you count the husband, and is guilty of posting cat cuteness on the interwebs. She photographs and blogs about food and other joyful topics from her home in Vermont.

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