mac & cheese (& broccoli & chicken…)

monday mac.

something quick and healthy was on the agenda…and that didn’t require a trip to the store.

after some pinteresting and foodgawkering, i found a few recipes i like. i always try to find two-three and take what i like from each of them. and mind the time/measurements…i usually take from the other recipes…not good at keeping track of things and what i do :/

mac & cheese with broccoli & chicken

this is adapted from the family kitchen and eat better america.

prep time: 20 min | total time: 40 min | serves: 4-6

what you need:

  • box of macaroni (or whatever pasta you prefer)
  • bag of Green Giant® (GMI PLUG!) frozen broccoli & cheese sauce
  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 1/4 cup fat-free (skim) milk
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup Progresso® (hey, i worked there…) bread crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons shredded sharp cheddar cheese

get it done:

  • Heat oven to 375°F. Spray 13×9-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  • Meanwhile, cook pasta, drain, and set aside.
  • Cook the chicken. I diced it into small pieces then sauteed it with some butter and garlic til fully cooked.


  • Also, cook broccoli & cheese sauce as directed on bag.


  • In a large saucepan, melt the butter, add some garlic and cook until the garlic is softened, about 2 minutes.
  • Add onion powder, whisk in flour and milk, then cook until slightly thickened.
  • Add the cheddar cheese and stir until melted in the mixture.
  • Add cayenne, and any other seasoning as needed into the sauce.


  • Stir cooked broccoli mixture, chicken, and cheese sauce into pasta in the baking dish.
  • Sprinkle bread crumb mixture over top of pasta mixture, and any extra cheese you may want to add!


  • Bake 15 to 20 minutes. Salt & pepper to taste.
  • NOMS.




note: this reheats well as leftovers! though matthew did eat about 4 bowls worth, don’t judge us – we didn’t eat the whole dish.


One comment

  1. connie child

    healthy noms

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