I have a little secret to share with you today, everything tastes really good if you add macaroni and cheese to it. You can’t imagine all the things that I have snuck into macaroni and cheese that my kids would never eat.  I know what you are thinking; my family would never eat broccolini. But if you sneak it into this delicious and creamy Broccolini Macaroni and Cheese, they just might.

This is such a great dish to serve when entertaining. If you try it, bake them in individual ramekins and I promise your guests will be impressed.

Broccoli Rabe Macaroni and Cheese

Broccolini Macaroni and Cheese #SundaySupper

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 6

Broccolini Macaroni and Cheese #SundaySupper

Ingredients

  • 1 pound elbow macaroni, I prefer the large macaroni
  • 1 bunch of Broccolini, chopped (approximately 3 cups)
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • 1/4 cup of sweet onions, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 4 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 2 cups of 2% milk
  • 2 cups of white wine - I used Gallo Chardonnay
  • 2 cups of cheddar cheese cheese, shredded
  • Sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot to water to a boil. Add the macaroni and cook at a boil until just tender or al dente
  2. Drain, rinse in cold water and set aside
  3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  4. In a large skillet or frying pan, melt 2 tablespoons of butter
  5. Add the onion and garlic mixture
  6. Cook on medium heat until the onion and garlic turn slightly brown, approximately 5 minutes
  7. Add the broccolini and cook for an additional 12 minutes
  8. Add the flour and stir constantly for another 5 minutes
  9. Add the milk gradually while stirring
  10. Add the chardonnay wine and continue to stir until the mixture starts to thicken but is very smooth
  11. Reserve 1/2 cup of cheddar cheese and add the remaining cheddar cheese while stirring
  12. Season to taste with fresh ground sea salt and pepper
  13. Stir in the Pasta
  14. Butter a 13x9x2 baking dish, round pie dish or 8 small ramekins to make individual portions
  15. Add the macaroni mixture and sprinkle with the cheddar cheese
  16. Bake for approximately 20 minutes or until the cheese is bubbling
  17. Serve immediately
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I have to admit, I am guilty of not serving meatless dishes very often at our house. This week’s theme was inspired by many of our Sunday Supper Family Contributors who are big fans of meatless meals. After taking a look at this list of recipes, I am going to incorporate more meatless dishes to our Weekday Supper Menu.

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Manu March 9, 2014 at 6:41 am

I think I must have been the only child on earth to like broccolini! hahaha
My kids don’t like them… but your recipe is a great idea to get them to eat some!

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The Ninja Baker March 9, 2014 at 8:15 am

Your so right, Isabel. macaroni and cheese is a gift from Heaven…Like Manu, I also have always loved broccolini….But for my husband and nieces and nephews, I believe your scrumptious solution is the perfect way to sneak, I mean serve up some extra good for you vitamins!

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Stacy March 9, 2014 at 9:36 am

I am fortunate that my girls love their greens, even spinach, kale and collard greens so I don’t HAVE to sneak them in. Sometimes I just like to. :) Your macaroni and cheese with broccolini would be a favorite on my plate, Isabel!

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Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers March 9, 2014 at 9:56 am

I love broccoli and cheese together and your macaroni is perfect! I think even the pickest eaters in my house would love it!

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Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious March 9, 2014 at 10:10 am

A winey cheese sauce over broc? I’m THERE!

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Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips March 9, 2014 at 10:55 am

Haha, mac & cheese is totally one of the best vehicles for getting veggies into your kids!

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Liz March 9, 2014 at 11:54 am

Oooh, I love your grown up mac and cheese! Especially since you added veggies! It’s practically health food, right????

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Shaina March 9, 2014 at 2:26 pm

I have never heard of broccolini…but this dish looks and sounds amazing, so I will need to go on a hunt for it!

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Bea March 9, 2014 at 4:37 pm

What time is dinner, Isabel? This sounds just SO SO SO good and I probably will eat at least two servings :)

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Jennifer Miller/MealDiva March 9, 2014 at 4:55 pm

Mac & cheese with broccoli — my middle child would eat the whole pan! Looks yummy!!!

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Shannon R March 9, 2014 at 6:20 pm

Mac & Trees! Nice job, I’d totally inhale this.

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Bobbi's Kozy Kitchen March 9, 2014 at 6:28 pm

Ooohh cheese AND wine? This sounds like a perfect way to get some veggies in my guy!!

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Cheryl March 9, 2014 at 7:06 pm

Wow, Isabel, it looks so yummy! My family would surely gobble it down! HUGS

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Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons March 9, 2014 at 7:40 pm

Oh man, somebody else knows about this little mac & cheese secret? :) I’ve never used white wine in my mac before, though. I’m sure it adds a bright touch of acidity, it must be so tasty!

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Cindys Recipes and Writings March 9, 2014 at 9:46 pm

More mac and cheese please! Oh and I’ll have a glass of Gallo Chardonnay with that too please!

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Alice // Hip Foodie Mom March 9, 2014 at 11:28 pm

Isabel,
yummm!! what a fabulous spin on mac and cheese!! can’t wait to try this!

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The Wimpy Vegetarian March 9, 2014 at 11:58 pm

You are so right, Isabel. Everything is better with some mac ‘n cheese. I love this dish – I’ll bet the kids would love this dish the next time they come to visit. It looks perfect to me. And I love you used Gallo wine in it!!!!

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Sarah | Curious Cuisiniere March 10, 2014 at 5:34 am

I’m pretty sure I would eat anything tucked into mac and cheese too! But broccoli and cheese are always a match made in heaven!

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Renee March 10, 2014 at 3:24 pm

Would you believe I have served broccolini along with macaroni and cheese at the same meal and have never thought to put them together. Brilliant! Just simply brilliant!

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Soni March 11, 2014 at 10:42 am

Great idea to use Broccolini in Mac ‘n’ cheese!I have to try it for my kids and I’m sure it will be a hit :)

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Lane @ Supper for a Steal March 11, 2014 at 1:37 pm

I love adding veggies to casseroles or mac and cheese. Even if it’s not to sneak them in just for the fact that it adds a little something extra to it. This looks delicious and now I’m craving some mac and cheese.

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Sarah March 11, 2014 at 2:04 pm

My family would totally go for this, they love broccollini and cheese!

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Laura Hunter March 13, 2014 at 6:41 am

So my 2 year old has just gotten into eating “trees” so I am going to have to give this a try.

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Tammi @ Momma's Meals March 13, 2014 at 7:54 am

I love Broccolini!! Who would have thought to add it to Mac N Cheese! Brilliant! I’m totally trying this! Hopefully MM will eat it since she loves broccoli!

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Courtney @ Neighborfood March 13, 2014 at 12:34 pm

Yes to meatless comfort food! This is pure cheesy goodness. love it.

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Anne @ Webicurean March 15, 2014 at 12:45 pm

Mac and cheese is one of those magical foods–I once made a mac and cheese using up leftover ham with blue cheese… even the blue cheese haters loved it! I can’t wait to try this one!

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