Picky-eating childrens broccoli mac & cheese

sherry monfils


My grand children LOVE mac and cheese, but they like the boxed kind...yuck! But they also won't eat what they call my homemade mac & cheese, " for adults." Well, I surprised them with this casserole. They loved the gooey cheese with a mild salsa taste. They didn't even guess about the healthy sweet potato!! Haha

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20 Min


10 Min




1 medium
sweet potato, peeled
8 oz
medium-sized pasta shells
12 oz
frozen broccoli florets, thawed
15 oz jars mild cheese & salsa dip
1/2 c
milk, or more as needed
1 c
shredded, sharp cheddar cheese, i used kraft

Directions Step-By-Step

Heat oven to 375. Lightly spray a 2-quart baking dish w/ cooking spray. Cut sweet potato into 1/2" pieces. Cook pasta as directed, adding sweet potato pieces the last 5 mins, and then the broccoli the last 2-3 mins of cook time.
Drain well. In lg pot, over medium heat, pour both jars of cheese/salsa dip into pot. Add 1/2 cup milk and stir until hot. If you find the sauce is too thick, add a little milk at a time until desired consistency. Remove the pot from heat and stir in pasta, veggies and 1/2 the shredded cheese. Spoon into baking dish and sprinkle w/ remaining cheese. Bake, uncovered for 10 mins, or until bubbly and cheese is melted.
I sometimes combine some coarse bread crumbs and a little melted butter and sprinkle over the casserole the last 3 mins to brown. Of course some real picky eaters won't eat it w/ bread crumbs...lol

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Casseroles
Main Ingredient: Pasta
Regional Style: American
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, For Kids