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Macaroni Cheese with Broccoli

Preparation: 10 mins

Cooking: 15 mins

Serves 4, costs under £3.00


  • 4 Cups (300g) Macaroni
  • 1 Pinch (1g) Ground Black Pepper
  • 4 Tablespoons (60g) Low Fat Spread
  • 3 Tablespoons (50g) Plain Flour
  • 3 Cups (568ml) Semi Skimmed Milk
  • 5 Reduced Fat Tablespoons (120g) Cheddar Cheese
  • 8 Spears (360g) Broccoli

Allergy Disclaimer

Always check the label of each ingredient for allergy warnings.


  1. Cook macaroni as per instructions on the pack.
  2. Wash and chop broccoli and boil for 5-10 minutes.
  3. Melt low fat spread in a pan, remove from heat and stir in flour to make a paste. Heat again for 1 minute and then gradually add the milk, stirring continuously until the sauce thickens. Add grated cheese and black pepper.
  4. Drain macaroni and mix with sauce. Once heated through serve with broccoli.

Nutritional Information

Per 100g
Per 420g serving (% ref. intake)

Energy Kcals
407.00 (20.00%)
Energy Kj
1697.00 (20.00%)
Total Fat
14.70g (21.00%)
Saturated Fat
6.30g (32.00%)
Total Sugars
8.40g (9.00%)
NSP Fibre
0.80g (13.00%)

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