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healthy mac n cheese

I'm a sucker for some good ole' mac n cheese with broccoli but I always feel horrible after eating it because it is so dang bad for you ?. This weekend I was majorly craving it so I googled "healthy mac n cheese recipe" and came upon this recipe from I Food Real

I was missing some of the ingredients so I adapted it and holy crap was it GOOD. I even used mexican style cheese instead of cheddar, and honestly, I might recommend it over the cheddar cheese.

Highlyyyy recommend you make will not disappoint!! 

healthy mac n cheese

Healthy Mac N' Cheese

Yield: 2 (LARGE) Servings
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes

This healthy mac n' cheese is SO GOOD!! Definitely satisfies that craving and will have you dreaming about it the next few days ;). You'll love it!!


  • 1 box Banzo Chickpea Penne Pasta (or really whatever pasta you want)
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup milk (I used 1%)
  • 1 tablespoon mustard
  • 1/2 tablespoon garlic powder
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • OPTIONAL: brocolli


  1. In a large pot bring broth, milk, mustard, butter, garlic powder, and salt + pepper to a boil.
  2. Once boiling, add the entire box of Banza pasta. Make sure to stir every once in a while so that the pasta doesn't stick together.
  3. Once pasta is done cooking, a lot of the liquid should be gone (it won't be totally gone though). I cooked my Banza pasta for 10 minutes.
  4. Take the pot off of the stove and add in cheese. Mix until incorporated. If you are adding broccoli, add-in now.
  5. Serve immediately.


Recipe adapted from I Food Real.

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