In under thirty minutes have a creamy and spicy homemade chipotle and broccoli stovetop macaroni and cheese on the table! This is the best homemade, stovetop mac and cheese you’ll ever make!
I did a thing this year, not totally intentional, but in hindsight, necessary. I took a break from blogging. I started doing things like cooking because I wanted to, not because I had to. And I also made a lot of macaroni and cheese. A lot.
I think I have enough macaroni and cheese recipes developed to last me until the end of time. What is it about comfort foods that make them the perfect elixir to a bad day?
Now, I didn’t just sit around and make macaroni and cheese, but I started to focus on myself–sleeping more, exercising, filling up my days with things that made me happy and were more than just work and stress. It’s done wonders! I feel truly healthier than ever. I have more energy than I have had in years, and I feel like I have my creative mojo back. All good things.
It took a while to get to this spot, but it was totally worth it. And even though there were a lot of difficult and challenging things happening during those months, I wouldn’t change any of it. I’m a firm believer that everything happens for a reason, it doesn’t always make sense when it’s happening, but usually in the end it does. Part of that? I have a new pace, it’s slower and more deliberate.
And it definitely involves lots of this chipotle and broccoli macaroni and cheese.
In my opinion, the key to a good macaroni and cheese is the consistency. I want something that is gooey and cheesy, not dry and hard–that’s why I prefer stovetop to oven-baked (I know, call me crazy). I also keep things simple by cooking the broccoli in the same pot as the macaroni (just add it during the last two minutes). The other key to a perfect mac and cheese? Salt. Yes. There is nothing worse than a bland macaroni and cheese, do not skimp on this important ingredient.
Let me know if you give this macaroni and cheese recipe with broccoli a try in the comments below.