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This tasty Broccoli Mac and Cheese makes a delicious side dish or a light dinner full of veggies. Peas are optional but recommended!
Well happy day!! We made it to the weekend! This week as been a little insane with work, home and mom responsibilities, testing and blogging this recipe and celebrating my daughter’s birthday. Free time was basically non-existent right along side sleep the last 7 days or so. Being exhausted is all the rage these days. All the cool kids are doing it.
So, in an effort to be a good Mom and make a meal that consisted of more than toast, cereal, pb&j and quesadillas, I put a quick little pasta dish together for my little one and I. This meal has her name written all over it. Short cut pasta, broccoli, peas and cheese and four of her favorites foods she won’t put up a fight to eat.
PS–terrible two’s? FALSE. Terrible three’s is what sneaks up on you! Don’t be fooled that that happy birthday photo above! All of a sudden she’s throwing tantrums left right and center like they’re going out of style. Lets place bets on whether she’ll reach her fourth birthday, shall we?
I love my child. I really really do. And I’m not being sarcastic.
This pasta is yummy, easy and will make the kiddies happy. Here’s the step-by-step:
Start by mincing some garlic and chopping up some broccoli.
Your florets can be big or small. Mine were on the bigger side because I felt like not taking the time to chop them smaller. Get the garlic and broccoli into a big skillet and saute in a little olive oil and butter.
In the mean time, cook a little pasta. I had this in the fridge from the other night when I made this, but if you don’t have precooked macaroni on hand, start boiling some water.
Once you have your pasta all done, toss it into that pan with some frozen peas. I love these little guys!
Once the peas get heated through, grate in some real parmigiano reggiano, salt and pepper. Use as much cheese as you like! As you can see, I used a truck load. Stir this all up and voila!
Serve it up and that’s it! Makes for a great side dish or light vegetarian dinner. Enjoy your weekend friends! See you on Monday! 🙂
Broccoli Mac and Cheese
- In a large skillet with high sides, saute broccoli and garlic in butter and olive oil over medium heat until crisp tender, 3 minutes. Stir in macaroni, peas, salt and pepper. Stir and cook until peas are warm. Sprinkle in parmesan cheese and serve hot.