Baked Mac n Cheese with Broccoli Pesto

Baked Mac n Cheese with Broccoli Pesto

RECIPE TYPES Main Course, Side Dish
As a kid growing up, I loved Mac n Cheese. What kid didn’t? And I still indulge in boxed Mac n Cheese from time to time. But homemade is way better and makes it rather easy to sneak in fresh veggies, like this homemade raw broccoli pesto.
|Written January 23, 2013

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 pound fusilli pasta, cooked as instructed
  • 1 cup shredded Gruyère
  • ½ cup shredded Cheddar
  • ¾ cup shredded Parmesan
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • ¼ cup bread crumbs
  • 1 stalk of broccoli
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ cup chopped pine nuts
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 minced garlic clove
SERVINGS5 servings
TOTAL TIME45minutes
PREP15minutes
COOK30minutes

1

Cut off the broccoli florets of 1 broccoli stalk and peel the stalk, cutting the stalk into 1/2″ pieces.

Broccoli

2

Add broccoli to the food processor and finely chop it, then transfer to a large mixing bowl.

Making Raw Broccoli Pesto

Making Broccoli Pesto

3

Lightly fold in 1/2 cup of pine nuts, chopped finely, 1 clove of garlic,minced, 1 tablespoon of lemon zest and 1/4 cup of parmesan cheese. Add 3 tablespoons of olive oil, more if needed.

Broccoli Pesto

4

Bring 4 quarts of water to a boil along with 1 table spoon of salt. Add 1 pound of fusilli and cook until al dente, about nine minutes for most pastas.

Fusili Pasta

5

Create a roux by warming the 2 tablespoons of butter in a large skillet and adding 2 tablespoons of flour. Whisk well until all of the flour is incorporated.

Shredded Cheese for Homemade Sauce

6

Slowly add in 2 cups of milk. Once the flour, butter and milk have combined, add 1 cup of shredded Gruyere cheese, 1/2 cup of shredded cheddar cheese and 3/4 cup of Parmesan cheese .

7

At this point, the sauce should be fairly thick. If you wish for it to be thicker, bring the cheese sauce to a slight boil and then remove it from the heat. If you want to thin it out a bit, add more milk. But do it sloooowly.

Making Macaroni and Cheese

8

In a large mixing bowl, toss the cooked fusilli with the cheese sauce then transfer it to a baking dish.

9

Place heaping tablespoons of the broccoli pesto throughout the cheesy pasta.

10

Top with 1/4 cup of bread crumbs and the remaining shredded cheeses.

Baked Mac and Cheese with Broccoli Pesto

NOTE: Oh, I want to add that when I photographed this recipe I did not make enough cheese sauce. Oops! Don’t worry, the recipe below has been adjusted and it is much cheesier than shown.

11

Bake at 350 degrees F for about 20 minutes, until the cheese sauce begins to boil and the topping is golden.

Enjoy!

Baked Mac n Cheese with Broccoli Pesto

EAT

Baked Mac n Cheese with Broccoli Pesto

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