These Broccoli Mac and Cheese Muffins are an easy and delicious way to enjoy everybody's favourite comfort food!
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My kids are obsessed with pasta. I'm not quite sure how it happened exactly...we don't have one drop of Italian blood on either side of the family but somehow they missed that memo. I could feed them pasta of any shape and size 3 meals a day and they would be perfectly happy! And can you blame them??
If you've been around here for any length of time you know how committed we are to eating a healthy and balanced diet and how much I love finding new ways to enjoy our family's favourite foods. So when Barilla Canada contacted me to help spread the word about their Share the Table initiative, of course I jumped at the chance. Making mealtime meaningful and fun and involving the whole family is right up our alley and I'm excited to be sharing a recipe with you today that will help you do just that! These Broccoli Mac and Cheese Muffins are full of all the traditional Macaroni and Cheese flavours, but with a delicious twist. And let me just say, Barilla has been my favourite brand of pasta for years because of its unparalleled quality so I knew that Barilla's Cut Macaroni would be perfect for this recipe!
These Broccoli Mac and Cheese Muffins are so tasty and they make a great snack or appetizer, or even a main dish when served with some fresh veggies or a salad. And the best part is how fun they are to make! My 2-year-old and almost-4-year-old helped me make these (as they do most things I make these days!) and we had such a great time together in the kitchen cracking the eggs, measuring out the broccoli and stirring everything together. Of course, the dangerous tasks (like chopping) are left to me, but my little ones are only too happy to participate in any way they can. Especially in the eating part...
And it wouldn't be a recipe of mine if I didn't try to sneak some vegetables in there somewhere, so of course I had to add broccoli to these mac and cheese-inspired muffins. And what's broccoli without Parmesan? Ok, I'd better stop here...this could go on forever. But seriously, the flavours here are incredible. Never underestimate the power of ingredients like Worcestershire and sriracha, even in small amounts - they bring incredible flavour to an otherwise bland dish and they take these mac and cheese muffins to the next level.
So if you love pasta even a little bit, you need to run out right now and get everything you need to make these Broccoli Mac and Cheese Muffins. Trust me, you won't regret it and whoever you share the table with will thank you!!
Like this recipe? You'll love these Creamy Bruschetta Bites or this Buffalo Roasted Cauliflower with Blue Cheese Dipping Sauce!
Broccoli Mac and Cheese Muffins (makes 12 muffins)
1 cup milk
a pinch or two of salt and pepper
2 cups grated cheddar cheese
1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 cup chopped broccoli (fresh or frozen, thawed)
a dash of Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon sriracha
3 cups cooked Barilla Cut Macaroni, to al dente (that's approximately 225-250g uncooked)
2/3 cup panko breadcrumbs
1 tsp dried parsley
a pinch or two of salt and pepper
3 Tablespoons melted butter
canola oil spray for greasing the muffin tin
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and grease a 12-cup muffin tin with some canola oil spray.
Add the milk, eggs, and salt and pepper to a large bowl and whisk them together well with a fork. Stir in the grated cheeses, the chopped broccoli Worcestershire sauce and sriracha.
Cook the macaroni according to the package directions and rinse it under cold water. Add the 3 cups of cooked and cooled macaroni to the bowl with the milk and cheese mixture and stir well to combine. Spoon the mixture into the muffin cups, dividing the mixture as evenly as possible.
In a separate bowl, stir together the panko breadcrumbs, dried parsley, and salt and pepper. Spoon the panko mixture over the muffins and drizzle the melted butter over everything as evenly as possible.
Bake the muffins at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 22 to 25 minutes, or until the tops are beginning to brown.
Let the muffins cool in the tins until they're almost completely cool (this will ensure they stay together) and enjoy!
Do you love pasta?? Try my One-Pot Pepperoni Mushroom Pizza Pasta, or this delicious One-Pot Pasta Primavera!