Creamy Broccoli Cheddar Shells & Cheese

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Nothing screams comfort food better than a creamy bowl of homemade macaroni and cheese. This easy to make, stove top broccoli cheddar shells & cheese dish is just what you need this fall!

broccoli cheddar shells & cheese

Creamy Broccoli Cheddar Shells & Cheese

Macaroni and cheese is absolutely one of the most favored comfort foods on the planet. It seems every time you add a smooth creamy cheesiness to a dish, people go crazy for it. Homemade macaroni and cheese is basically how I started getting the girls to eat vegetables. Over the years I would make different variations, like this broccoli cheddar shells & cheese, and they would eat it up no questions asked.  Now, had I put the broccoli on their plate next to mac and cheese- forget it.

This recipe happens to be a stove top recipe. I hear feedback from readers about they love homemade macaroni and cheese but just don't have the time to oven bake it or desire to slow cook it.  Now, you will see below I have included a quick and easy way for you crunchy bread crumb lovers to still get that flavor.  Best of both worlds here.
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How to make it (printable recipe card below):

Serves 4

Ingredients

12 oz small shells, cooked drained and rinsed

1 stick real butter

1 pint heavy cream

1 tablespoon flour

2 cup chopped broccoli

6 oz orange cheddar, shredded

6 oz extra sharp white cheddar, shredded

Pinch salt & pepper

broccoli cheddar shells & cheese

Instructions

In a large pot or dutch oven, melt butter over low heat.

Add broccoli, cook 2-3 minutes.

Stir in flour until broccoli is coated and flour has cooked out.

Add cream, mix well, increase heat medium high. watch for cream to start bubbling. Stir often.

When cream lightly boils, reduce to simmer and add cheese. Stir until smooth.

Add shells, mix, heat through.  Serve.

broccoli cheddar shells & cheese

Optional Step:

If you want a quick stove top method, but want the crunchy topping simply transfer the mac and cheese to a casserole dish.

Mix ½ cup bread crumbs with 1 tablespoon Olive oil (or butter, but I felt I had already used enough bad fats!)

Sprinkle on top, broil for 1-2 minutes. Watch closely, DO NOT LEAVE the oven.  This goes FAST and they will burn if left too long.

broccoli cheddar shells & cheese

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Yield: 4 servings

Creamy Broccoli Cheddar Shells & Cheese

broccoli cheddar shells & cheese
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

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  • Nothing screams comfort food better than a creamy bowl of homemade macaroni and cheese. This easy to make, stove top broccoli cheddar shells & cheese dish is just what you need this fall!
  • broccoli cheddar shells & cheese
  • Creamy Broccoli Cheddar Shells & Cheese
  • Macaroni and cheese is absolutely one of the most favored comfort foods on the planet. It seems every time you add a smooth creamy cheesiness to a dish, people go crazy for it. Homemade macaroni and cheese is basically how I started getting the girls to eat vegetables. Over the years I would make different variations, like this broccoli cheddar shells & cheese, and they would eat it up no questions asked. Now, had I put the broccoli on their plate next to mac and cheese- forget it.
  • This recipe happens to be a stove top recipe. I hear feedback from readers about they love homemade macaroni and cheese but just don’t have the time to oven bake it or desire to slow cook it. Now, you will see below I have included a quick and easy way for you crunchy bread crumb lovers to still get that flavor. Best of both worlds here.
  • How to make it, printable recipe card below:
  • Serves 4
  • Ingredients
  • 12 oz small shells, cooked drained and rinsed
  • 1 stick real butter
  • 1 pint heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 2 cup chopped broccoli
  • 6 oz orange cheddar, shredded
  • 6 oz extra sharp white cheddar, shredded
  • Pinch salt & pepper

Instructions

  1. In a large pot or dutch oven, melt butter over low heat.
  2. Add broccoli, cook 2-3 minutes.
  3. Stir in flour until broccoli is coated and flour has cooked out.
  4. Add cream, mix well, increase heat medium high. watch for cream to start bubbling. Stir often.
  5. When cream lightly boils, reduce to simmer and add cheese. Stir until smooth.
  6. Add shells, mix, heat through. Serve.

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