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crusted broccoli mac and four cheese skillet

(2 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Englewood, FL

This recipe is so simple, easy, and delicious! No time to cook? No worries with this recipe.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

The title of this one-pot mac and cheese is so understated... it's magnificent! The combination of fresh veggies and herbs set the base for this mac and cheese. We loved the undertone fresh basil gives this whole dish. The combination of cheese is what makes this recipe. The American cheese is smooth and creamy. Then the Italian Parmesan and Romano cheese add so much savoriness. Crusting the top with cheese and bread crumbs makes the most wonderful topping. This is going to be super popular with your family.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(2 ratings)
yield 4 -6 people
prep time 10 Min
cook time 25 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For crusted broccoli mac and four cheese skillet

  • 4 Tbsp
    olive oil
  • 1/2 c
    celery, chopped fine
  • 1/2 c
    onions, chopped fine
  • 2 lg
    garlic cloves, chopped fine
  • 1 lb
    ground beef (80/20)
  • 1/3 c
    fresh parsley, chopped (reserve some for topping)
  • 1/4 c
    fresh basil, chopped
  • 32 oz
    chicken broth (l like low sodium)
  • 8 oz
    elbows (I use gluten-free)
  • 12 oz
    broccoli florets
  • 1 lb
    American cheese
  • 8 oz
    shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1 c
    blended Parmesan/Romano cheese
  • 2 Tbsp
  • 1/2 tsp
    salt, or to taste
  • 1/2 tsp
    coarse black pepper, or to taste
  • 1/4 c
    bread crumbs, for topping

How To Make crusted broccoli mac and four cheese skillet

  • Sauteeing onions, garlic, and celery in oil.
    In a large oven-safe skillet heat oil on med/high heat on stovetop. Add celery, onions, and garlic. Stir and saute for 2-3 mins.
  • Beef, parsley, and butter added to the skillet.
    Add beef, parsley, and basil. Stir and saute for approximately 10 mins or until beef is brown.
  • Adding broth to the skillet.
    Add broth to skillet and bring to a boil. Preheat broiler to high.
  • Adding broccoli and pasta to the skillet.
    Adjust temp to high heat. Add broccoli to skillet. Add elbows on top.
  • All ingredients mixed together.
    Stir. Cover and let cook for approximately 10 minutes.
  • All the types of cheese and butter added to the skillet.
    When elbows are al dente (med to slightly on the hard side), turn off the burner. Add American cheese, 4 ozs of cheddar (reserving the other 4 ozs), Romano/Parmesan cheese and butter.
  • Stirring in the cheese and seasonings.
    Stir and melt cheeses well. Taste. Add salt and pepper to liking.
  • Bread crumbs and cheddar cheese added to the top.
    Add bread crumbs and remaining cheddar cheese on top. Sprinkle some parsley and coarse pepper on top for color.
  • Skillet placed under the broiler.
    Place in broiler for 1-2 mins (broilers may vary) until the top is crusted. (Be careful not to burn).