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Cooking at Home: Sneaky Healthy Mac and Cheese

Because cheese and broccoli were meant to be together.

Cooking at Home: Sneaky Healthy Mac and Cheese
Take the guilt out of serving macaroni and cheese by sneaking some green veggies into the mix. Adding broccoli to this kid-favorite guarantees kids are getting their nutrients and a quick prep time that's perfect for weeknights.

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Macaroni and Cheese With Broccoli
Serves 8-10
Cook time: 1 hour

Ingredients
  • 1 pound elbow macaroni
  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 3 1/2 cups whole milk, heated
  • 3 ounces cream cheese
  • 3 cups shredded monterey jack cheese
  • 3/4 cup ricotta or small-curd cottage cheese
  • 3 cups shredded gouda
  • 2 cups sharp cheddar
  • 1 ½ cup broccoli, blanched and chopped
  • Salt, pepper
  • 1/2 cup panko crumbs
Preparation
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 12x9 baking dish and set aside. 
  • Cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water until al dente and drain. Return the pasta to the pot or a large bowl. 
  • Add butter, hot milk, ricotta, cream cheese, jack cheese, gouda and broccoli. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Fold in all ingredients until well incorporated. 
  • Pour mixture into the prepared baking dish and top with the cheddar cheese. Sprinkle with panko and bake until golden brown (45 minutes).

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This article is part of Mix It Up, an editorial series created in collaboration with AOL's Kitchen Daily and Huffington Post. It is dedicated to making the lives of mothers easier through articles, videos and slideshows focused on simple and creative solutions to everyday challenges. From healthy recipes to exciting ideas for a more balanced lifestyle, this section aims to become a resource for moms everywhere. 

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