Yummy Mac and Cheese with Chicken Sausage and Broccoli
Looking for an easy recipe the whole family will enjoy? Our Mac and Cheese with Chicken Sausage and Broccoli meal is your answer! This recipe is a great option for busy nights when you don’t have a ton of time to prepare dinner. The whole meal is made in one pot which makes it even easier! While this recipe calls for only cheddar cheese, feel free to play around with your favorites! Some good cheese combos you might want to try would be parmesan, cheddar, and swiss. This recipe could also effortlessly be adjusted to fit different food sensitivities you or someone in your family might have. Can’t eat gluten? Use gluten-free pasta* and replace the flour with white rice flour*!
What makes this a “meal”? Glad you asked. When assembling a meal, we want to try and have a vegetable, carbohydrate, and protein. Having at least these three components will keep you full and gives your body the most nutrients possible in one sitting. Instead of preparing a separate vegetable dish, protein dish, and carbohydrate dish, this dish combines all three!
Broccoli Cheddar Mac & Cheese with Chicken Sausage
- 1 cup macaroni uncooked
- 2 cups broccoli frozen
- 2 chicken sausage
- 1 tbsp butter
- 1 tbsp all-purpose flour
- 1 cup milk
- 1/2 cup cheddar cheese shredded
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- Cook pasta according to package directions. Strain, set aside. Meanwhile, slice chicken sausages and microwave until heated through. Set aside. Microwave broccoli until heated through and chop into small pieces. Set aside.
- In the same pot used to cook the pasta, heat butter over medium heat until just starting to bubble. Add flour and stir. Cook until lightly golden in color. Slowly add milk to the pot, whisking vigorously until smooth. Continue to cook, stirring often, until sauce thickens.
- Once desired thickness is reached, add cheese and garlic powder. Stir until smooth. Add chicken sausage and broccoli and stir until combined and heated through. Serve with another sprinkle of cheddar cheese on top.
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Watch Kaitlin Williams Eckstein, MPH, RD, LD make this dish!
Blog contributions: Amaris Galik
An award winning recipe developer, Dietitian Kaitlin’s mission is to empower others to reach their health goals by encouraging them to get back into the kitchen. Co-author of Nourished: 10 Ingredients to Happy, Healthy Eating and Cooking with Diabetes.