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picky-eating childrens broccoli mac & cheese

Recipe by
sherry monfils
worcester, MA

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

yield 4 serving(s)
prep time 20 Min
cook time 10 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For picky-eating childrens broccoli mac & cheese

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

How To Make picky-eating childrens broccoli mac & cheese

  • 1
    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.
  • 2
    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.
  • 3
    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