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Healthy Mac 'n Cheese with Broccoli and Turmeric

This Healthy Mac 'N Cheese with Broccoli and Turmeric is so delicious and easy to make! Perfect for adults and kids!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 393kcal


  • 1/2 lb pasta shells
  • 1 cup pasta water
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt plus more for salting water
  • 1/4 tsp ground mustard
  • 1/4 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp ground white pepper
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup white cheddar shredded
  • 8 oz broccoli florets


  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Boil the pasta shells according to the package until al dente. Add broccoli to boiling water during the last three minutes of boiling. Drain pasta reserving one cup pasta water.
  • When pasta is almost done boiling, in a separate pot, begin making sauce. Melt butter and add flour, salt, mustard powder, turmeric, garlic powder and pepper whisking together until paste forms. Add milk and whisk until combined. Add cheese, whisking until melted and well combined. Add half of the pasta water to help come together. Continue adding pasta water one tbsp at a time until melted and thick sauce forms.
  • Add pasta shells and broccoli to sauce and stir until combined. Add additional pasta water if needed. Serve hot.


Calories: 393kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 39mg | Sodium: 498mg | Potassium: 353mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 748IU | Vitamin C: 51mg | Calcium: 259mg | Iron: 2mg