Light and Easy Mac and Cheese

I saw this light and easy recipe from Saving Money, Living Life and wanted to try it out. I love healthier meals and side dishes and this looked perfect!   It was delicious!  My family really enjoyed it!LIGHT AND EASY MAC AND CHEESErecipe from: Saving Money, Living Life14 oz uncooked pasta, gemelli or other twisted pasta     1/8 tsp table salt, for pasta cooking water    10 oz broccoli, small florets (about 2 1/2 cups)    1 tsp butter    1/3 cup(s) fresh bread crumbs    3 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese, divided    2 1/2 cup(s) fat-free skim milk    1/3 cup(s) all-purpose flour    1/2 cup(s) onion(s), diced (optional)   1 cup(s) low-fat shredded cheddar cheese, sharp-variety    1 tsp Dijon mustard    1 1/2 tsp table salt    1/2 tsp black pepper, freshly ground  Preheat oven to 375ºF. Coat a shallow 2-quart baking dish with cooking spray.Cook pasta in a large pot of lightly salted boiling water according to package directions, adding broccoli to water 3 minutes before pasta will be done; drain pasta and broccoli and return to pot.Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat; add bread crumbs and cook, stirring often, until light golden, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and transfer crumbs to a small bowl; stir in 1 tablespoon of Parmesan cheese and set aside.In same saucepan (wipe clean if necessary), whisk together milk and flour until blended; add onion. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, whisking frequently. Reduce heat to low and simmer until thickened, about 2 minutes.Remove from heat and whisk in cheddar cheese, mustard, salt, pepper and remaining 2 tablespoons of Parmesan cheese. Pour over cooked, drained pasta and broccoli; toss to mix and coat.Transfer to a baking dish and sprinkle top evenly with bread crumbs. Bake until bubbly at edges, about 20 to 25 minutes. Divide into 8 pieces and serve. Yields 1 piece per serving.Enjoy!Linking up to these parties and here

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  1. 1
    Fresh Garden says:

    Delightful! Awesome!

  2. 2
    Bargain GAB says:

    That looks really yummy! I love to make homemade mac and cheese but it's always so fattening! This looks like it might stand a chance. On another note I've only been a follower of your blog for four days and I've already made three of your recipes. I LOVE your blog!

  3. 3

    This looks delicious! Yum! I might actually make this more often too.

    Stopping by from Think Pink Sundays!

  4. 4
    Elizabeth Hornback says:

    Think I will make this one for my little girl this afternoon :)