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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4 thoughts on “Three Cheese Broccoli Mac #sidedish

  1. Michele Morin – Warren, Maine – Michele Morin is a Bible teacher, writer, reader, and gardener committed to the truth that women can become confident Christ-followers and students of God's Word. She has been married to an unreasonably patient husband for thirty-plus years, and together they have four sons, four daughters-in-love, and five adorable grandchildren. 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, Instagram, 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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