I wanted to make something different the other night for dinner, and I had recalled getting a Baked Macaroni and Cheese dish after the birth of my daughter. I had a bunch of Macaroni and Cheese boxes that I had picked up on sale, and decided I was craving that. However, the baked macaroni was meant really to be a side and I wanted a casserole type dish that was all in one.
So, I decided to come up with my own version of Baked Macaroni and Cheese that could be used as a meal or a side.
Here is what you need for Baked Macaroni and Cheese with Broccoli:
1 – 7.5 oz Box of your favorite Macaroni and Cheese Brand (prepare as usual with milk and margarine)
3 tbsps Italian Bread Cups
2 cups of Frozen Brocolli
This is how I did it:
First, Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Second, prepare your favorite Macaroni and Cheese Brand as usual (I followed the lighter version directions).
Then, add 1 egg, 2 tbsps of Italian Bread Crumbs, and 2 cups of Frozen Broccoli, combine all of these.
Pour the mixture in a small casserole dish (mine was a 1 1/2 Quart).
Sprinkle the top with 1 tbsp of Italian Bread Crumbs and bake in the oven for 30 minutes. Before serving, make sure the dish is cook through to ensure proper egg handling, a temperature of 160°F.
This recipe serves around 3-4. The kids loved it and we had no leftovers. My husband said to definitely make it again and to double the recipe the next time.
I might even try to add some cooked bacon or cooked ham next time for some variety.
If you try it, let me know what you think!