Macaroni and Cheese with Broccoli

Macaroni and Cheese with Broccoli

When Autumn Calabrese wants to indulge in a bowl of macaroni and cheese, this is how she does it. Get your fill of veggies and comfort food at the same time with this mouthwatering recipe from her FIXATE cookbook. Sharp cheddar cheese and almond milk make a creamy cheese sauce with just the right amount of gooey goodness.

Macaroni and Cheese with Broccoli |
5 from 4 votes

Macaroni and Cheese with Broccoli

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 17 mins
Total Time 37 mins
Servings 8 Servings (approx. 1½ cups each)
Author Beachbody


  • 4 oz. dry whole wheat elbow macaroni (or pasta)
  • 4 tsp. organic grass-fed butter (or organic coconut oil)
  • 2 Tbsp. unbleached whole wheat flour
  • cups unsweetened almond milk
  • cups freshly grated extra-sharp cheddar cheese
  • 3 cups cooked chopped chicken breast, boneless skinless
  • 6 cups chopped broccoli florets steamed
  • 1 tsp. sea salt (or Himalayan salt)
  • ½ tsp. ground black pepper


  1. Cook macaroni according to package directions. (Do not use salt or oil if suggested in directions.) Set aside.

  2. Melt butter in large saucepan over medium heat.

  3. Add flour; cook, whisking constantly, for 1 minute, or until brown (don’t let it burn).

  4. Slowly whisk in almond milk; cook, whisking constantly, for 1 to 2 minutes, or until mixture thickens and there are no lumps.

  5. Reduce heat to low. Add cheese; cook, whisking constantly, for 2 to 3 minutes, or until melted.

  6. Add macaroni, chicken, broccoli, salt, and pepper; cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute, or until heated through.

  7. Serve immediately.

Tips and Variations:
• Use quinoa pasta and gluten-free flour if you’re following a gluten-free lifestyle.
• Asparagus, green beans or Brussels sprouts can be substituted for broccoli.
• A combination of cheeses like cheddar and Gouda, cheddar and Monterey Jack, and cheddar and Asiago can be substituted for sharp cheddar.

Nutritional Information (per serving):
Calories: 250
Total Fat: 10 g
Saturated Fat: 5 g
Cholesterol: 68 mg
Sodium: 491 mg
Carbohydrates: 15 g
Fiber: 2 g
Sugar: 0 g
Protein: 26 g

P90X/P90X2 Portions
½ Fat
½ Protein
½ Grain Carb
1 Vegetable

P90X3 Portions
1½ Carb
1 Protein
1 Fat

Body Beast Portions
1 Starch
2 Vegetable
1½ Protein
1 Fat

Portion Fix Containers
1 Green
1 Yellow
½ Red
½ Blue

Macaroni and Cheese with Broccoli

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