Skinny Broccoli Mac and Cheese


Cheesy macaroni and broccoli are topped with bread crumbs and baked to perfection. Kid-friendly comfort food at its finest.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
50 mins
1 9x13-inch baking dish


  • 12 ounces high-fiber elbow macaroni (such as Ronzoni® Smart Taste®)

  • 1 (12 ounce) bag fresh broccoli florets

  • cooking spray

  • 1 ½ tablespoons butter

  • ¼ cup minced onion

  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour

  • 2 cups milk

  • 1 cup chicken broth

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese

  • ¼ cup seasoned bread crumbs

  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook broccoli and elbow macaroni in the boiling water, stirring occasionally, until pasta is tender yet firm to the bite, about 8 minutes. Drain.

  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Spray a baking dish with cooking spray.

  3. Melt butter in a large, heavy skillet over low heat. Add onion; cook and stir until slightly softened, about 2 minutes. Add flour; cook until golden and well combined, about 1 minute. Raise heat to medium-high. Whisk in milk and chicken broth and bring to a boil. Cook and stir until sauce is smooth and thick, about 5 minutes more. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from heat.

  4. Stir Cheddar cheese into the sauce; add the cooked broccoli and macaroni. Mix well and pour into the prepared baking dish. Top with breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese. Spray cooking spray on top.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until set, 15 to 20 minutes. Place under the broiler; cook until breadcrumbs are golden, about 3 minutes more.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

298 Calories
11g Fat
35g Carbs
14g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 298
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 15%
Saturated Fat 7g 34%
Cholesterol 34mg 11%
Sodium 386mg 17%
Total Carbohydrate 35g 13%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 14g
Vitamin C 31mg 155%
Calcium 262mg 20%
Iron 2mg 10%
Potassium 296mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.