Easy and Delicious Broccoli Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

I often have a hard time getting my boys to eat their veggies. Broccoli, cauliflower and carrots are usually pushed aside and left on their dinner plates. So frustrating! 

When you live in a house with little picky eaters for long enough you get creative, and that’s why I have perfected a few recipes that are an absolute hit with them and that get them to actually eat those veggies without complaints. 

Enter my Easy and Delicious Broccoli Macaroni and Cheese Recipe.

This recipe is so delicious, they never complain about the added broccoli and actually ask for seconds. 

I like to use Catelli Smart Veggie Macaroni because I love how nutritious it is. This delicious white pasta provides an extra 1/2 serving of vegetables, it is high in fibre and made with 100% Canadian wheat. A win, win for us!

Easy and Delicious Broccoli Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

Easy and Delicious Broccoli Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

Easy and Delicious Broccoli Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

The boys enjoy helping in the kitchen when I am making dinner. I like showing them what we are making and chatting about the ingredients we are using. Talking about the vegetables we are eating, why they are good for you and how to make our meal more nutritious has made a difference when it comes to what they want to eat.

Easy and Delicious Broccoli Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

Easy and Delicious Broccoli Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

Our easy recipe is below!

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Easy and Delicious Broccoli Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

Easy and Delicious Broccoli Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

A delicious and super easy to make Broccoli Macaroni and Cheese, perfect for picky eaters!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 680g Catelli Smart Veggie Macaroni
  • 2 cups chopped broccoli florets
  • 1 1/2 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 cups of milk
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 3 cups shredded cheddar
  • salt and fresh pepper to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F
  2. Cook the macaroni following the instructions on the box, add broccoli when you start cooking and drain both when pasta is done. 
  3. In a large, oven-safe pot, melt the butter under medium heat. Add flour, milk and broth slowly and stir until combined, bring to a boil. Add half of the cheese and mix until smooth. 
  4. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Add macaroni and broccoli and mix well.
  6. Top with remaining cheese.
  7. Bake for 20 minutes.


Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 317Total Fat 18gSaturated Fat 10gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 6gCholesterol 53mgSodium 524mgCarbohydrates 24gFiber 4gSugar 3gProtein 16g

Easy and Delicious Broccoli Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

Easy and Delicious Broccoli Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

Easy and Delicious Broccoli Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

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Disclosure: This is a partnered post with Catelli Pasta. However, all opinions and views on this post are 100% my own.

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Hi, my name is Angela van Tijn and I live in Vancouver, Canada with my wonderful husband, our two boys and our puppy. I am the founder and primary contributor behind One Smiley Monkey. Welcome to my blog!
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42 responses to “Easy and Delicious Broccoli Macaroni and Cheese Recipe”

  1. Stephanie LaPlante — March 14, 2019 @ 10:14 am (#)

    This sounds extremely unique and delicious! I love trying all sorts of mac n cheese dishes.

  2. Adria L — March 14, 2019 @ 10:18 am (#)

    WOW looks so good. I need to make it tonight, thanks for sharing this.

  3. Catherine Ross — March 14, 2019 @ 10:19 am (#)

    Yum! We love mac and cheese. Love the idea of adding some broccoli to it.

  4. Emily — March 14, 2019 @ 2:29 pm (#)

    Luckily we have all the ingredients, so this is tonight’s supper! Kids are excited to get involved in the preparations also 🙂

  5. Joanna — March 14, 2019 @ 8:28 pm (#)

    Can’t wait to try this. Maybe tomorrow’s dinner!!! 🥘

  6. Sarah — March 17, 2019 @ 9:17 am (#)

    Pinning for later! Sounds like something my family would all enjoy. I love that the pasta has an extra boost of nutrition! 🙂

  7. Danny M — March 17, 2019 @ 11:18 am (#)

    Oh yes! Can’t wait to try this 🥰🤤

  8. kristen visser — March 25, 2019 @ 8:14 am (#)

    oh this looks absolutely delicious and a great way to get my daughters to eat broccoli! i have it bookmarked 🙂

  9. Elizabeth Matthiesen — March 28, 2019 @ 1:49 pm (#)

    I do love the idea of adding broccoli to mac ‘n cheese.

  10. Shirley OFlynn — March 29, 2019 @ 3:13 pm (#)

    Looks so yummy and I really like the idea of adding broccoli!

  11. Rosanne Robinson — March 30, 2019 @ 6:13 pm (#)

    Love this easy to make recipe that even the fussy eaters will enjoy, thx very much for sharing it.

  12. Twingle Mommy — March 31, 2019 @ 6:50 am (#)

    Looks delicious. My kids would eat mac and cheese everyday if I let them! The smart pasta makes me feel better about feeding them so much pasta. I’ve added tuna or turkey to their pasta in the past and they eat it up. I will have to try adding broccoli! 🙂

  13. Lynda Cook — April 3, 2019 @ 2:42 pm (#)

    This sounds very good, I like mixing broccoli into my potatoes, but have never mixed into macaroni, going to give it a try!

  14. Deb Dorrington — April 13, 2019 @ 5:56 pm (#)

    Mac & Cheese is one of my favourite dishes. I have put broccoli in it and it really tastes great. My sister made it with lobster the other night and it was awesome. You just can’t go wrong with Mac & Cheese.

  15. Wanda B — May 12, 2019 @ 8:42 am (#)

    This is something our family would really enjoy.

  16. Elizabeth Matthiesen — May 14, 2019 @ 2:57 pm (#)

    I’m not a big fan of mac ‘n cheese but with the added broccoli I think I’d like this.

  17. Wanda B — May 18, 2019 @ 6:34 am (#)

    I like the addition of broccoli in this recipe.

  18. Tammi L. — May 22, 2019 @ 2:17 am (#)

    My daughter forbid me from ruining her mac & cheese this way, lol.

  19. Elizabeth Matthiesen — July 6, 2019 @ 6:50 am (#)

    I do like broccoli but I’ve not got around to trying this yet.

  20. Natasha Thibouthot — July 17, 2019 @ 10:55 am (#)

    Seems delicious, thank you!

  21. Calvin — July 18, 2019 @ 9:23 am (#)

    Lovely recipe, will share with cheese lovers

  22. Shirley P — July 25, 2019 @ 7:14 am (#)

    This looks like a delicious and healthy recipe

  23. Darren Scrubb — August 6, 2019 @ 10:57 am (#)

    A healthy recipe I must try out soon.

  24. Shirley — August 12, 2019 @ 4:08 pm (#)

    I like adding broccoli to mac and cheese so good

  25. Elizabeth Matthiesen — August 17, 2019 @ 10:23 am (#)

    I do like pasta and this recipe appeals to me.

  26. Janet Lance — September 23, 2019 @ 5:23 pm (#)

    I will definitely make the “Easy and Delicious Broccoli Macaroni and Cheese Recipe” for my family. Love all these flavours.

  27. Sarah — September 29, 2019 @ 6:25 pm (#)

    Yum! I think my daughter would love this especially. She’s a big broccoli fan.

  28. Leeanne C — November 12, 2019 @ 5:53 pm (#)

    Such a perfect dish for the whole family. Great way to get the kids to eat their veggies.

  29. Sandra Dufoe — November 13, 2019 @ 7:33 am (#)

    This is a great recipe my family loved it.

  30. Shirley O — November 13, 2019 @ 12:41 pm (#)

    Looks like a great recipe that will surely become a family favorite.

  31. Janice Cournoyer — November 14, 2019 @ 5:57 am (#)

    I tried this a few weeks ago, It is delicious Lots of protein impressed me. And, everyone ate without complaining :))

  32. nicolthepickle (Nicole Graham) — November 15, 2019 @ 3:49 am (#)

    This looks so delicious. Pasta is one of my favourite foods.

  33. Nicole s — November 20, 2019 @ 5:01 am (#)

    I also love this pasta, buy it all the time. I’ll have to try this recipe, looks yummy!! Thanks for sharing.

  34. sarah alexis — November 20, 2019 @ 10:12 am (#)

    This sounds like a WINNER! I am going to look for those pasta noodles and make this too, I can imagine how yummy it is and healthy too? win win.

  35. Jessica Walker — November 22, 2019 @ 4:12 am (#)

    These all look at good. I’m glad they are kid friendly.

  36. Jennifer Wilson — November 24, 2019 @ 7:01 am (#)

    What a great way to sneak some veggies into a favorite dish.

  37. Jenny B — November 27, 2019 @ 9:46 pm (#)

    Wow, an extra half serving of veggies? That is amazing. This recipe looks delish too!

  38. Emily — November 30, 2019 @ 12:26 pm (#)

    Easy, delicious and also healthy!

  39. Wanda Tracey — December 3, 2019 @ 6:30 pm (#)

    I love both of these ingredients so this has to be delicious. I am going to give it a try. Thank you for sharing.

  40. Shirley — December 7, 2019 @ 5:54 am (#)

    This looks like fantastic way to add vegetables to a delicious pasta dish

  41. AD — December 7, 2019 @ 5:01 pm (#)

    This looks mouthwateringly delicious! I will have to try this recipe.

  42. Heidi C. — December 8, 2019 @ 8:26 pm (#)

    My kids love mac and cheese and I love the idea of adding in veggies yo make it more nutritionally-packed!

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