Hosting a small casual party? I seem to be doing that on a weekly basis lately since my new grandson is local one day a week. Sweet baby boy is bait for visits from family & friends, especially during lunch time. I love these visits and the opportunity to spend time with those I love and sometimes, I like to have lunch ready to serve. Most everyone loves broccoli cheese soup as well as mac & cheese, right? How about a combination of the two? This only takes about 30 minutes to prepare. Perfect!
Ingredients I used:
- 1 box Horizon® Pasta Shells & White Cheddar Cheese
- 1 lb. bag of organic frozen broccoli (recommended: Earthbound Farms brand)
- 1 tablespoon melted butter (recommended: Horizon® brand)
- 1 small chopped onion
- 1/4 cup organic all purpose flour
- 1/4 cup melted butter
- 4 cups free range chicken broth
- 2 cups organic half and half (Horizon® brand recommended)
- pinch of sea salt
- shredded (Horizon®) cheddar cheese for topping
For more information, visit Horizon®'s website.
Time: approx. 30 minutes.
Saute onion in 1 tablespoon of melted butter in large pot. Add two cups of chicken broth and simmer.
Add 2 cups of chicken broth and half of frozen broccoli to food processor and puree.
Add chicken broth/broccoli to onions/large pot and stir over medium heat for 3-4 minutes.
In bowl, mix cheese packet from Horizon® Pasta Shells & White Cheddar Cheese, 1/4 cup of flour, 1/4 cup of melted butter and 2 cups of half and half.
Slowly add the half and half mixture to pot and whisk to mix over medium high heat 2 minutes.
Add Horizon® Pasta Shells & White Cheddar Cheese and remaining broccoli. Add a pinch or two of sea salt. Boil 10-12 minutes or until macaroni is done.
Remove from heat, top with shredded cheddar cheese and serve.
It's so good! Day 2/leftovers may require the addition of more chicken broth/etc. because those shells soak it all in.
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*This conversation is sponsored by Horizon. The opinions and text are all mine.
Enjoy Horizon Mac & Cheese as a versatile meal and keep your family happy. Try different vegetables in the dish to promote alternative uses of Horizon products or let your imagination take over.
Horizon is a pioneer in the organic industry. Every choice they make is carefully considered with National Organic Program (NOP) guidelines in mind. Horizon Mac & Cheese is made with these guidelines and the happy family in mind. For more information, visit Horizon’s website for more information.
This conversation is sponsored by Horizon. The opinions and text are all mine.