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Broccoli Mac & Cheese Bake Recipe

Broccoli Mac & Cheese Bake Recipe

My husband made a version of this casserole for me on our first date. Over the 11 years we’ve been married, we’ve made several changes to the ingredients and now it’s even better than the original. —Lisa DeMarsh, Mount Solon, Virginia
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min. YIELD:12 servings


  • 3 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 4 cups fresh broccoli florets
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cans (12 ounces each) evaporated milk
  • 2-1/2 cups (10 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1/2 cup crushed cornbread-flavored crackers (about 6 crackers)


  • 1. Cook macaroni according to package directions, adding broccoli during the last 3-4 minutes; drain.
  • 2. In a large saucepan, melt butter. Stir in the flour, garlic powder, onion powder, pepper and salt until smooth; gradually stir in evaporated milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat; stir in 2 cups cheese.
  • 3. Place half of the macaroni and broccoli in a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Top with half of the cheese sauce. Repeat layers. Sprinkle with cracker crumbs and remaining cheese.
  • 4. Bake, uncovered, at 375° for 20-25 minutes or until bubbly. Yield: 12 servings.

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 467 calories, 31g fat (21g saturated fat), 106mg cholesterol, 557mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 1g fiber), 21g protein.

Reviews for Broccoli Mac & Cheese Bake

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cbenne12 User ID: 7424916 233540
Reviewed Sep. 27, 2015

"Very tasty! Will definitely make this again and again."

pajamaangel User ID: 1603339 219172
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2015

"This was fairly bland for sure. I don't think I'll make this again."

luigimon User ID: 1692040 107741
Reviewed Sep. 20, 2014

"This is pretty good! I used Ritz crackers. I'll make it again, but probably not for company. Good as a last minute thing. Usually have all of the ingredients on hand!"

butt3rfly73 User ID: 7533244 167288
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2013

"So easy to make and my kids ate all of it. I'll definitely be making this dish again."

Akaia23 User ID: 7518430 187777
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2013

"I added 1/2 cup of Parmesan because I only had 2 cups of cheddar. I also added 1 plank of salmon (cooked and shredded). Instead of layering it, I mixed all the ingredients together. And I used garlic butter Keebler crackers. It turned out great!"

carol1229 User ID: 2027906 187774
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2013

"Great recipe-so easy to put together. I love the addition of broccoli to the mix too. I didn't have corn bread crackers, so I used crushed whole wheat crackers-they worked great.

It's not one I'll make often because it's so rich and not very figure friendly, but when we're in the mood for a decadent mac and cheese? I'll be reaching for this recipe again."

LaChicaDeAyer User ID: 4058693 101679
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2011

"Excellent recipe- this will be my go-to anytime I want to make homemade mac & cheese. I used crushed Ritz crackers instead of cornbread crackers and it was delicious. For those that think it may be bland, sprinkle some red pepper flakes on. I always use them on any mac & cheese I eat."

di_reilly User ID: 1010449 167283
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2010

"This recipe looks appealing, but it exceeds a day's limit in saturated fat for just a 3/4 cup serving ! Fat free evaporated milk, reduced fat cheese and a trans fat free margarine can be used as acceptable substitutes."

3152004703 User ID: 4957120 211233
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2010

"This recipe turned out really well. I added 3 cups of ham in it. I couldn't find any cornbread flavored crackers so I used seasoned bread crumbs. I also didn't put in any salt because the ham had enough and I used Mrs. Dash onion seasoning instead of onion powder. I will be making this dish again for sure!"

maramire User ID: 4172584 168710
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2010

"I do not use the broccoli. I add cheddar cheese and sharp cheddar. I also add Velveeta. Great and cheesier."

ellie_kat89 User ID: 5188324 184354
Reviewed Oct. 11, 2010

"I love this recipe! It comes out creamy and satisfying. It can be a bit bland, but that's easily fixed by adding a little cubed ham, it really adds a lot to the dish."

MY REVIEW User ID: 1622773 186647
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2010

"We made this last night and found it very, very bland."

Mrs. Peters User ID: 264420 187773
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2010

"I didnt know what to make for dinner today, i needed something quick to make. Last minute i found this recipe, i made it and now its ready to pop in the oven. I looks like it will taste great !"

ctmarsden User ID: 2747440 127348
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2010

"Made it last night and it was very good and easy!"

kswilli User ID: 4171066 103322
Reviewed Sep. 28, 2010

"I have been looking for dish for baked Mac & Cheese for a long time. I left out the broccoli,since my husband doesn't care for it. He and my son raved on about how good it was. This is a keeper. Thank you so much"

mwaage User ID: 4402951 101677
Reviewed Sep. 27, 2010

"My family and I love this recipe! And its so simple that I can make it whenever!"

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