Three Cheese Broccoli Mac #sidedish

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One of the best ways to get your kids veggies is to cover them with cheese!! And that is what makes this side dish so so so good. Three Cheese Broccoli Mac is an ooey gooey cheesy pasta dish that your kids will want seconds of. Sharp Cheddar, Mozzarella and Mild Cheddar make for that super satisfying cheese pull with every bite!

Three Cheese Broccoli Mac

I like to use chicken broth to make my cheese sauce. If you want to keep it vegetarian you can certainly swap out for vegetable broth instead. I just advise against just using water – you miss the chance to add flavor. The cheese also has enough saltiness that you don’t need to add more.

Three Cheese Broccoli Mac

When I made this last, I served it with a Rosemary Lemon Spatchcock Smoked Chicken. Spatchcock refers to the way the chicken is butchered and cooked. It is a means of cooking an entire chicken in less time by flattening it out more while keeping it in tact to still get all the great flavors you get from cooking with the bones.

Three Cheese Broccoli Mac

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Three Cheese Broccoli Mac

A three cheese macaroni and cheese packed with broccoli.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword broccoli, cheese, mac & cheese, Pasta, pasta dishes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 6


  • lb Short Pasta elbows, shells, penne
  • 2 cup Broccoli chopped

For the Sauce

  • 4 tbsp Butter
  • 4 tbsp Flour
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 cup Chicken Broth
  • 1 cup Heavy Cream
  • 1 cup Sharp Cheddar shredded
  • 1 cup Mozzarella shredded
  • 1 cup Cheddar shredded


  • Prepare all of the ingredients. Start water boiling for pasta.
  • In a small sauce pan over medium heat, add butter and garlic powder. Once melted, add flour and whisk for 2 minutes. Whisk in broth and cook for 2 minutes. Whisk in heavy cream and cook for 2 minutes. Add cheese by the handful and continue whisking until sauce forms.
  • Add pasta to water and cook as directed on package. In last two minutes of cook time, add broccoli to boiling water. Drain in colander and rinse with cool water. Return to pot, away from heat. Pour cheese sauce over top and stir to combine.

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Published by Estelle Forrest

I am a lot of things – wife, mother, daughter, sister, niece, friend, business owner, volunteer, and a home chef. I have lived in the Pacific Northwest for most of my adult life and plan to stay forever – while traveling a lot. I am currently running a General Contracting business with my husband out of our home. Between us we have 6 kids in our blended family, 4 of which live with us full-time. We are a highly active family during the week – sports, bands, dance classes – as well as on the weekend – camping, hiking, car shows, and concerts. We like to go go go, but when it comes to dinnertime, we mostly like to dine-in! I love to create things with my hands and have probably tried almost every craft out there at least once or twice. Cooking is a huge part of my life. No matter what anyone says – you can taste the difference in the food if it was made with love. Some of the simplest meals can be elevated so much when they are cooked with care. Pouring love into the meals I create brings a feeling of fulfillment and satisfaction, not only to me, but to the people I care about.

4 thoughts on “Three Cheese Broccoli Mac #sidedish

  1. Michele Morin – Warren, Maine – Michele Morin is a teacher, blogger, reader, and gardener who finds joy in sitting at a table surrounded by women with open Bibles. She has been married to an unreasonably patient husband for thirty years, and together they have four sons, two daughters-in-love, three grandchildren, and one lazy St. Bernard. Michele loves hot tea and well-crafted sentences, poems that stop her in her tracks and days at the ocean with the whole family. She laments biblical illiteracy and advocates for the prudent use of “little minutes.” She blogs at Living Our Days, and you can connect with her on Facebook or Twitter.
    Michele Morin says:

    Mmmmm! SO Delicious!

  2. YUM! Thanks so much for linking up at the Unlimited Link Party 32. Pinned!

  3. A beautiful dish! I love that there is just enough broccoli to add a splash of color and a touch of flavor. There rest is pure comfort! Thanks for sharing at the What’s for Dinner party. Hope the rest of your week is amazing!

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