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One-Pot Broccoli Mac and Cheese
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One-Pot Broccoli Mac and Cheese

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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4


  • 1 lb. elbow macaroni
  • 1 lb. broccoli stem and florets coarsely chopped
  • cups whole milk
  • 2 tsp. kosher salt plus more to taste
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 8 oz coarsely grated sharp Cheddar about 2 cups
  • Black pepper


  • In a large pot or skillet, combine the macaroni, broccoli, milk, salt and garlic powder.
  • Add 3 cups of water, and stir to combine. (The pasta may not be fully submerged. That’s OK!) Cook, stirring often to ensure even cooking and to keep things from sticking to the bottom of the pot, until the pasta is tender, and the liquid resembles heavy cream and coats the noodles, 8 to 12 minutes. If the liquid evaporates so much that you don’t see any between noodles, add ½ cup water. Adjust the heat as needed to maintain a gentle simmer.
  • Remove from heat and stir in the Cheddar. Season to taste with salt and pepper.


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