- 1 lb whole wheat macaroni (try penne or rotini too)
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 4 tablespoons flour
- 1 1/2 tablespoon powdered mustard
- 3 1/2 cups milk
- 1/2 cup yellow onion, finely diced
- 2 bay leaf
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 7 ounces sharp cheddar, shredded
- 7 ounces swiss, shredded
- 1 big ole tree of broccoli, chopped super-fine
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- Fresh black pepper
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 1 cup panko bread crumbs
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a large pot of boiling, salted water cook the pasta to al dente.
While the pasta is cooking, in a separate pot, melt the butter. Whisk in the flour and mustard and keep it moving for about five minutes. Make sure it’s free of lumps. Stir in the milk, onion, bay leaf, and paprika. Simmer for ten minutes and remove the bay leaf.
Stir in 3/4 of the cheese and the broccoli. Season with salt and pepper. Fold the macaroni (or whatever) into the mix and pour into a 2-quart casserole dish. Top with remaining cheese.
Melt the butter in a saute pan and toss the bread crumbs to coat. Top the macaroni with the bread crumbs. Probably gonna take about 45 min to cook. Wait til the panko starts to brown.
Remove from oven and rest for five minutes before serving.
The secret to cooking for kids is hiding broccoli. Look, nobody likes broccoli. I don’t like it, you don’t like it, your kids don’t like it. Now I know that there are those of you out there who are thinkin’ to yourself, “Oh no, I like broccoli fine.”
Just stop it.
Broccoli is a tolerable vehicle for other things, like nacho cheese or butter, but it is not good. There is always something better than broccoli to carry your cheese or butter. For example, chips and lobster. When you go to a ball game they sell tortilla chips with cheese not broccoli with cheese and if you were given the option between the two the stadium concession stands would be left with mountains of these seedy green things.
That being said; broccoli is unbelievably healthy: Broccoli’s noteworthy nutrients include vitamin C, vitamin A (mostly as beta-carotene), folic acid, calcium, and fiber. As well it’s part of the cruciferous family and might help with not gettin the big C. So of course it’s good for you and you should be cramming trees of this stuff down your little ones’ gullets. Well I don’t know about your little people, but for mine anything green is about as popular as leprosy. So here’s a little recipe that we use at our house all the time. It’s got a truckload of the green stuff but you can’t see it or taste it. It’s recipe number 1 in our recipe section. ENJOY !!!!!