Broccoli Mac & Cheese

Okay this turned out SO good! I can’t get over how easy this sauce is compared to a roux and how creamy it turns out. The broccoli makes it a one pot kinda meal which is very much my style. It would also be super good with bacon bits or a little ham but has plenty of protein without.

Fueling notes

  • Per serving, this recipe has 66 g of carbs, 40 g of protein, and 16 g of fat, 4 g of fiber, and more 2/3 of your daily calcium needs
  • Pre-workout: have at least 2 hours before your session to give you enough time to digest. Add extra carbs like garlic bread or have a pre-session carb snack if possible.
  • Post-workout: Ideally each serving would be paired with an extra 60 grams of carbs (e.g garlic bread, fruit, or dessert) within 1-2 hours of your session for that 3:1 ratio of carbs:protein.

The Stuff

  • 1 lb pasta
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 3, 12-oz cans of evaporated milk
  • 4.5 tablespoons of cornstarch 
  • 1.5 lb shredded cheddar 
  • Salt and pepper to taste 
  • 2, 12-oz bags of frozen broccoli

The Steps

  1. Fill a pot with water and 1 teaspoon of salt and bring to a boil
  2. Cook pasta and strain while it’s al dente
  3. While the pasta water is heating, in a large skillet use a whisk to mix cornstarch with about a half cup of the evaporated milk till dissolved
  4. Whisk in the rest of the evaporated milk and cook over medium-high heat stirring frequently until thick and frothy or around when the pasta is almost done (don’t worry if it isn’t very thick yet)
  5. Add in cheese and stir until it’s melted and the sauce is smooth
  6. Add in the broccoli and cook on low until heated through
  7. Add in the pasta and season with salt and pepper to taste and dig in!
  8. Makes about 8 servings

Did you make it? I’d love to see how it turned out! Tag @climbingdietitian on instagram.

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Published by Chiara

I’m a rock climber and registered dietitian teaching fellow climbers to become the strongest and happiest versions of themselves with evidence-based fueling strategies and by making peace with food.

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