Thursday, January 3, 2013

Fancy Mac & Cheese

I hardly ever have Mac & Cheese these days, but sometimes creamy, milky, cheesy pasta calls my name and this one, from Iowa Girl Eats, is packed with some of my favorite ingredients: Broccoli, Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Chicken!


This is super easy dish to prepare for those busy week nights when the tummies are rumbling (I made mine after a particularly busy day of work, a long workout, and seemingly endless errand running day).


Say cheese and cook away!


2 chicken breasts
2 cups of pasta (your choice!--I used whole wheat penne)
1-3 cups broccoli florets,cooked (depending on size--I had large florets and cut them)
1 container of laughing cow cheese: Garlic and Herb (6 oz/8 wedges)
1/4-1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes, diced ( I did 1/4 but wanted more!)
2 tsp olive oil (use the oil from the sun-dried tomatoes)
3/4 cup milk of choice
Salt & pepper, to taste


Boil water, and cook pasta until al dente
Heat large skillet with olive oil.
Steam broccoli with 1 tbs of water.
Cut chicken into small cubes, salt and pepper, and cook completely in skillet. Plate chicken and set aside.
In same skillet (with chicken juices if you have any) place milk, cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, and salt and pepper to taste. Stir until cheese in melted and sauce is thick. 
Add in chicken, broccoli florets, and pasta. Stir until well combined. 


p.s. share this with ~5 people and you'll have a UNDER 300 calorie dinner! (4 people is about 330 cal)


  1. This look delicious! Must try it!

  2. Oooh! Can this be divided into portions and frozen for reheating, or is that not a good idea?

    1. I think it will work, most pasta/lasagnas freeze well, just be careful if reheating in a microwave as in the moisture can be sucked out really fast. Try defrosting naturally and then reheat in an oven.

    2. Thanks! I'll definitely be giving this a shot :)

    3. great! Let me know how it works out! :)


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