October 30, 2015

Fabulous Friday Flavour: Broccoli-based Macaroni Alfredo

Smooth, creamy, cheesy… with broccoli-capsicum base infused in an Alfredo sauce, makes for a quick and easy meal to a simple macaroni meal. This is a great power meal for kids as well as for picky eaters who especially do not like broccoli! Not that my kids would not eat their broccoli; they do, but only if I cut them up small. 

The only reason this became a broccoli cream dish was because I was feeling a little lazy, so I dump the broccoli and capsicum into the blender to save myself some cutting time. 

All in, this dish can be whipped up in 20 minutes (not including boiling the macaroni) and ready to be served or frozen in batches for the days to come.

Macaroni Broccoli-based Alfredo
Quick, easy and very-kid friendly pasta dish in vegetable goodness!
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 heads of broccoli
  2. Half green capsicum
  3. Half a cup butter
  4. 2 garlic, pressed
  5. 4-5 pieces of chicken ham, sliced thin
  6. 1 pack of cooking cream
  7. 1 cup of milk
  8. Half a cup grated Parmesan cheese
  9. Half a cup of cheddar cheese
  10. Half tbsp dried basil
  11. Half tbsp dried oregano
  12. Half tbsp sage
  13. A bag of macaroni, al dente
Instructions
  1. Boil the macaroni till al dente. Drain and set aside
  2. While the macaroni is boiling, blitz the broccoli and capsicum together. Set aside.
  3. Heat up the pan and melt the butter. Then add in the pressed garlic
  4. When the butter and garlic are a little coloured, add the sliced chicken ham. Cook for about 2 minutes.
  5. Then add in the blitzed broccoli and capsicum. Continue cooking for about 5-10 minutes.
  6. Add in the cooking cream, Parmesan cheese and cheddar. Mix well, add in the milk and let it come to a boil.
  7. Add in the dried herbs
  8. If it gets a tad dry, add in a little bit of milk to get a consistent liquidy texture. Feel free to add more cheese to thicken the sauce
  9. Add the al dente macaroni into the cream and mix well, ensuring that all the macaroni are covered with cream
  10. Turn off the fire and serve
Notes
  1. Avoid over-cooking the macaroni or it will turn to a mush when you mix it in with the creamy sauce. Feel free to mix and match the meat and dried herbs of your choice.
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  1. You are always spreading the good vibes with your recipes, humor and info.
    It has been wonderful connecting with your blog.

    Enjoy the weekend. It is Halloween tomorrow in the states.

    • Awwwww…thank you so much, Faraday! Your words are always so kind and it’s wonderful to have a bloggy friend like you, too! You made my day, as always! ๐Ÿ˜€
      Oh yes, Halloween! It’s not so big here, but there are friends hosting parties and dress-ups and all. It’s always fun for the kids! You have a wonderful Halloween too! What’s the plan? ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Pasta Alfredo all fancied up! I like the ingredients! Great way to hide vegetables for picky eaters! Have a spooky Halloween!

    • We have missed all the fancy-smatchzy Halloween this year! ๐Ÿ™ And I love hiding my vegetables for the kids if they refuse to eat it. Actually, my mum did the same thing to me too a long time back! Heheheeee

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