Broccoli & Tomato Macaroni and Cheese

1 lb macaroni, cooked to almost al dente
2 cups broccoli florets
1 medium onion, sliced
3 cloves of garlic, sliced
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar
1 cup fresh tomatoes, large dice
1/2 cup milk
1 tablespoon oil
2 teaspoons mustard powder
1 teaspoon hot paprika

Preheat oven to 375. While you are cooking the pasta, heat the oil in a skillet. When it is hot, add the broccoli, garlic and onion and saute until the onion is translucent and the broccoli is bright and hot. In a small bowl or measuring cup, toss the cheddar, mustard and paprika. Toss the broccoli mixture with the drained pasta. In a large casserole, alternate layering the cheese and pasta, starting and ending with pasta. Arrange the tomatoes between layers. When finished, pour the milk over the pasta, cover and bake for 25 minutes. Remove cover and bake for an additional 20 minutes or until bubbly and hot. Serve.

My thoughts:

When the weather is cold and blustery, nothing tastes better than bubbling hot macaroni and cheese. With this version I upped the nutritional count and the flavor by adding broccoli and some hot house tomatoes to make a completely one dish meal.


  1. was this your dinner last night?

    do you feature your meals from the evening before every day?

    just curious!
    Meghan (rosemary)

  2. Yes, it was. Some times I feature our dinners, some times I stockpile recipes for future posts over the week if we happen to make a lot of different recipes over the course of the day or weekend. And while I try to post every day, some times I don’t make anything new so I don’t have anything to post. And since I only post original recipes, I have to come up with whatever I make!

  3. We have a birthday party to attend this weekend and I was asked to make a broccoli casserole. I was looking for something different and this may just be it. It sounds so good and it seems like it would be pretty kid friendly too!
    Great recipe. Thanks for sharing it!

  4. Oh that looks so good 🙂 Think I’ll try at a later date. Should go great with my ciabatta bread 😀 h

  5. I love it – there is no better way to get in the day’s veggies than covered with cheese.