This easy, tasty One-Pot Bacon Broccoli Mac and Cheese is lightened up comfort food your whole family will love. With crispy bacon and a rich, creamy cheese sauce, this dish tastes far more decadent than it is! Plus, I like broccoli many ways, but in cheese sauce might just be my favourite. I hate washing pots, so a one pot meal is always right up my alley, and this one comes together with ease making it great for weeknights. This recipe is just full of wins! Want one more? A cup of this creamy One-Pot Bacon Broccoli Mac and Cheese is just 279 calories or 9 Green, 9 Blue, or 5 Purple WW SmartPoints. To view your WW PersonalPoints for this recipe and track it in the WW app or site, click here!
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One-Pot Bacon Broccoli Mac and Cheese
This One-Pot Bacon Broccoli Mac and Cheese is lightened up comfort food for the whole family!
- 8 slices uncooked center cut bacon, chopped
- ¼ cup all purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- 4 tablespoons light butter, (I use Land O’Lakes light butter spread with canola oil)
- 1 ½ cups skim milk
- 2 ½ cups water
- 12 oz dry whole wheat elbow macaroni
- 3 ½ cups broccoli florets
- 6 oz 50% reduced fat sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (I use Cabot)
Place the chopped bacon in a 5 QT Dutch oven or large pot and bring to medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until crisp. Transfer the bacon pieces to a stack of paper towels to drain using a slotted spoon. Discard the grease and wipe out the bottom of the pot.
In a small dish, stir together the ½ teaspoon of salt and ¼ teaspoon of pepper with the ¼ cup flour. Place the butter into the pot and bring over medium heat. When the butter is melted, whisk the flour mixture in a little bit at a time until combined. Slowly whisk the milk into the butter/flour mixture a little at a time, until combined and smooth. Add the water and whisk to combine, scraping up any browned bits on the bottom of the pot from cooking the bacon.
Increase the heat to med-high and stir occasionally until boiling. Reduce the heat to med-low and add the macaroni. Cook for 8-10 minutes, stirring regularly to prevent sticking, until pasta is cooked.
While the pasta is cooking, place the broccoli florets into a microwave-safe bowl and cover the bowl with a damp paper towel. Microwave on high for 2 minutes. Broccoli should be softened but still firm and bright green. Set aside.
Once the pasta is cooked, reduce the heat to low and stir in the shredded cheese until melted into the sauce. Add the broccoli florets and the bacon pieces to the pot and stir together until combined. Remove from heat and serve.
Nutrition Information per (1 cup) serving:
279 calories, 41 g carbs, 3 g sugars, 9 g fat, 4 g saturated fat, 18 g protein, 5 g fiber, 300 mg sodium (from myfitnesspal.com)
MYWW SMARTPOINTS PER (1 cup) SERVING: (SP calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)
Green: 9 SmartPoints/ Blue: 9 SmartPoints/ Purple: 5 SmartPoints
Weight Watchers Points Plus:
8 per (1 cup) serving (PP calculated using a Weight Watchers PointsPlus calculator and the nutrition info below)