Macaroni & Cheese is a staple in our home. Although I grew up eating a normal amount of macaroni & cheese, I have found myself eating this dish even more in recent years. My husband & I love coming up with new ways to enjoy homemade macaroni & cheese, especially after I came to realize how unhealthy the boxed stuff is…
For a while we had been discussing the idea of making Macaroni & Cheese Soup & after dragging my feet a little bit we finally came up with this perfect little soup recipe!
This Macaroni & Cheese Soup is a fun treat for kids & goes great with a big salad & fresh baked bread!
1 & 1/2 Cups Cooked Pasta
1 Tablespoon Butter
3 Tablespoons Flour
1 Cup Vegetable Broth
1 Cup Half & Half
1 Cup Milk
1 Cup Chopped Broccoli
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
1/4 Teaspoon Pepper
1/4 Teaspoon Dried Basil
1/4 Teaspoon Crushed Red Pepper
1/2 Cup Shredded Colby Cheese
1/4 Cup Extra Sharp White Cheddar Cheese
1/4 Cup Extra Sharp Yellow Cheddar
Steamed Broccoli – Optional
First, in a small pot cook the macaroni noodles according to their packaging instructions until al dente. Then strain the pasta, run it under cold water to stop the cooking process, & set to the side for later use. While the pasta is cooking melt 1 tablespoon of butter & brown 3 tablespoons of flour at medium heat in a large pot, continually whisking for about 1 minute so that it doesn’t burn.
Then slowly whisk in 1 cup vegetable broth, 1 cup half & half, & 1 cup milk & add 1 cup chopped broccoli to the soup, along with all of the seasonings – 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, 1/4 teaspoon dried basil, & 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper.
Let the soup cook until the broccoli is tender, about 5-10 minutes at medium heat, then add the cooked macaroni. Turn the heat down to low & add the cheese -1/2 cup shredded Colby cheese, 1/4 cup extra sharp white cheddar cheese, & 1/4 cup extra sharp yellow cheddar. Let simmer on low for 5-10 minutes until you are ready to eat.
Serve your Macaroni & Cheese Soup hot topped with extra cheese or a sprinkling of fresh steamed broccoli!
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