When chatting with a friend the other day about what kinds of foods we ate, I had a realization.

It’s been at least 6 months (maybe almost a year?!) since I’ve purchased macaroni & cheese from a box!

I’ve been making it from scratch as a quick lunch for my kids. Before you brand me with an Extremist Suzy Homemaker stamp and shake your head, let me tell you: I make it an easy cheater’s way and it’s fast!

I even add in broccoli or frozen veggies sometimes to give me and my kiddos some extra nutrients. They’re fooled by cheese covered broccoli!

Seriously – give this a try. After you make it a few times, you’ll be able to cook it in almost the same time you can cook the boxed stuff.

Broccoli Mac & Cheese from Scratch by The DIY Mommy

Broccoli Mac & Cheese from Scratch

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp butter or hard margarine
  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • Salt & pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese (or experiment with different cheeses!)
  • 2 cups macaroni pasta noodles
  • 1 cup chopped broccoli or frozen veggies

Directions:

  • Boil a large pot of salted water and add the macaroni pasta noodles.
  • In a medium saucepan on medium heat, melt the butter/margarine. When it’s melted, add the flour and stir to create a paste. Add a pinch of salt and pepper, then add the milk and stir. The sauce should start to thicken in about 5 minutes. Keep stirring it periodically.
  • Once sauce has thickened, add the shredded cheese and mix it in to melt it. Keep the sauce on the lowest heat until your noodles are ready.
  • Add the broccoli or frozen veggies to your boiling pasta about 5 minutes before it’s done. Drain everything when it’s done (check your package directions, but most take around 10 minutes) and pour the cheese sauce over the noodles & veggies.
  • Mix together and you’re ready to enjoy! Leftovers can be refrigerated for a couple of days to enjoy later.

Linking to:

The DIY Dreamer