Crusted Broccoli Mac and Four Cheese Skillet

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Linda BONWILL

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@lindabonwill

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

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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 undertones 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 make the most wonderful topping. This is going to be super popular with your family. The Test Kitchen


Rating:

★★★★★ 2 votes

Comments:
Serves:
4-6 people
Prep:
10 Min
Cook:
25 Min
Method:
Stove Top

Ingredients

  • 4 Tbsp
    olive oil
  • 1/2 c
    celery, chopped fine
  • 1/2 c
    onions, chopped fine
  • 2 large
    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
    butter
  • 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

Step-by-Step

  1. 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.
  2. Add beef, parsley, and basil. Stir and saute for approximately 10 mins or until beef is brown.
  3. Add broth to skillet and bring to a boil. Preheat broiler to high.
  4. Adjust temp to high heat. Add broccoli to skillet. Add elbows on top.
  5. Stir. Cover and let cook for approximately 10 minutes.
  6. 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.
  7. Stir and melt cheeses well. Taste. Add salt and pepper to liking.
  8. Add bread crumbs and remaining cheddar cheese on top. Sprinkle some parsley and coarse pepper on top for color.
  9. Place in broiler for 1-2 mins (broilers may vary) until the top is crusted. (Be careful not to burn).

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About Crusted Broccoli Mac and Four Cheese Skillet

Course/Dish: Pasta Sides Casseroles
Main Ingredient: Pasta
Regional Style: American
Dietary Needs: Gluten-Free
Collection: One-Pot Meals
Other Tags: Quick & Easy For Kids



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