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Mac & cheese with Broccoli rice


Preheat oven to 200°C.

Heat a saucepan with water until boiling. Add dried pasta and cook for 10-12 minutes, until just tender. Drain well.

Cut up the broccoli into chunks, including the stems and all the florets. Place in a food processor and pulse for 30 seconds until well chopped. Alternately, use a large sharp knife to cut all the pieces into small pieces.

Melt butter in another large saucepan over a medium heat. Stir in flour and mix until well combined with the butter.

Gradually add milk, stirring or whisking constantly until sauce boils and thickens. Add dry mustard and season to taste with salt.

Stir in the grated cheddar cheese and heat through until melted.  

Assemble the dish by tipping the cooked macaroni, finely chopped broccoli and cheese sauce together in a large 4-6 litre casserole dish. Stir to combine.

Sprinkle over the mozzarella cheese.  Bake in oven for 30-40 minutes or until golden brown and bubbling on top and heated through.

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Serving size: 80 g

Avg Quantity per serve Avg Quantity per 100g
Energy  112 kJ 140 kJ
Protein 3.0 g 3.8 g
Fat, total 0.4 g 0.5 g
– saturated 0.0 g 0.04 g
Carbohydrate 1.4 g 1.8 g
– sugars 1.4 g 1.8 g
Dietary Fibre 2.7 g 3.4 g
Sodium 5.6 mg 7 mg
Vitamin C 79.2 mg (198% RDI*) 99 mg
 Vitamin B6  0.26 mg (16% RDI*) 0.33 mg
Folate  39 µg (20% RDI*)  49 µg
Potassium 280 mg 350 mg

Source: The Concise New Zealand Food Composition Tables, 14th Edition 2021

Quantities stated above are averages only.

*Recommended Daily Intake (NZ Adult)

timer Total time 65 mins hourglass_empty Prep time 25 mins timer Cook time 40 mins people Serving 6 people info_outline Difficulty Easy
  • 1 head LeaderBrand Broccoli
  • 500g dry macaroni pasta
  • 120g butter
  • 120g plain flour
  • 1.5 litres milk
  • 1 tsp dry mustard powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 250g grated cheddar cheese
  • 200g mozzarella, grated

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