Here’s a spin on my favourite comfort food, a homemade mac and cheese recipe: One Pot Mac and 4 Cheese with Broccoli and Peas! Cheesy but with greens mixed in!
A classic homemade mac and cheese!
If there’s cheese on something, there’s a good chance that I’ll eat it. While wandering in the grocery store, thinking of what to eat (this is a bad idea guys, always plan ahead haha), a box of Kraft Dinner caught my eye. Of course, I was like “let’s just get mac and cheese for dinner” but I wanted to use a different type of cheese instead of the powdered cheese from the box.
I already had some Barilla cut macaroni at home (thanks Barilla!) so I wandered over to the cheese section and saw that they had this pack of 3 cheeses that I wanted to begin with! That was easy! And of course, I couldn’t say no to goat cheese.
Excuse the potato photo but yeah, don’t these selection of cheeses look delicious? Of course I had a slice (or two) while making the pasta and ended up using the leftover for grilled cheese 😉
Lately, I’ve been loving the whole “one pot” pasta making as it means I really only use one dish to cook and I don’t have to spend forever doing the dishes afterwards. The lazy girl in me is beyond happy that it takes less than an hour to make and really only 1 pot to clean at the end of it.
For this Mac and 4 Cheese (with broccoli and peas), all you really do is just put everything into the pot and call it a day. However, if you want your broccoli to be a bit more crunchy, cook everything first and then add in the broccoli and peas in half way through. Me, being lazy, just put everything into the pot at once and called it a day 🙂
I used a pinch of lemon zest as it gave me a fresh spring flavour. This is optional as I found that while I enjoyed it, H preferred it without the lemon zest. Also, I personally love garlic so if you’re less of a garlic fan than I am, I’d suggest 2-3 cloves instead. I mean when I’m all cozied up with my mac and cheese with broccoli and peas, I’m not worried about garlic breath haha.
Mac and 4 Cheese with Broccoli and Peas
- 454 grams cut macaroni I used one box from Barilla
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- 65 grams goat cheese
- 6 slices cheddar
- 3 slices monterey jack
- 3 slices red hot chili pepper monterey jack
- 3 broccoli crowns separated
- 1.5 cups peas fresh, frozen, or canned works
- 2.5 cups water
- 1/2 cup cream
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 tsp lemon zest optional
- Put everything into your pot and cook until the pasta is al dente.
- If your pasta is done cooking and it is still too liquidly for your liking, let the sauce reduce down.
I have an insane love of garlic so you may or may not want to adjust to taste. In addition, the cheese combo I used is based on my and my boyfriend's preference. It may or may not be the combination you'd like as there's chili flakes in one of the cheeses I've used. Also, don't worry too much about adding liquids, you may need more water depending on the pot you use but it will reduce down the longer you cook it.
What’s your favourite one pot recipe?
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