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Cheesy Shrimp Ciabatta

For out last get together I made this delicious Cheesy Shrimp Ciabatta. This is an appetizer that shrimp fans will love. In our family this is one of our most favorite recipes. It's so delicious!

You can go with a baguette instead if you would like bite sized portions, but it is hard to beat a fresh loaf of ciabatta bread. The baguette slices will get much crunchier so if you prefer that mouth feel, you can go with a baguette. A fresh French bread would also work great. Enjoy!


Broccoli Cheddar Macaroni and Cheese




This delicious macaroni side dish was devoured by my family. If you wanted to make it even more filling you could add a cup of grilled diced chicken before you bake it. I tweaked the original recipe, courtesy of Mostly Homemade Mom, just a bit. See my notes that follow.  Enjoy!

Notes: I had a bag of steamer broccoli that I cooked in the microwave and added to the pasta after the noodles were cooked and drained. I used a mixture of freshly shredded sharp cheddar and white cheddar.

Freshly shredded cheese really makes a difference in the texture of macaroni, and for a lot of recipes for that matter. Take the extra time to shred it yourself. If you have a special blade to use with a food processor, it only takes a few seconds to shred an entire block of cheese. Go for it!

Broccoli Cheddar Macaroni and Cheese
Makes 6-8 servings

Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups uncooked macaroni
  • 3 cups (1 large head) broccoli florets
  • 2 tablespoons dried, minced onion
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 3 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
Directions
  1. Fill a stockpot with water and bring to a boil. Add the uncooked macaroni and stir in the broccoli florets for the last 6 minutes of cooking. Drain and return back to the pot. 
  2. In a large skillet, melt butter. Whisk in flour until well combined. While continuing to whisk, stir in the milk and the chicken broth. Allow the sauce to come to a boil, and keep boiling for 2 minutes, whisking during this time while the sauce thickens. 
  3. Add the minced onion, cheese, mustard, salt, and pepper and stir until cheese is melted. Remove from heat and pour over the macaroni and broccoli. Transfer to a 2 quart baking dish and sprinkle with paprika. 
  4. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and let the dish rest for 10 minutes (sauce will thicken more as it stands). 
Recipe from Mostly Homemade Mom. Sharing this recipe at the following fun link parties.

Comments

  1. It's a fantastic dish!!
    Perfect for me, I'd just use veggie broth.
    Thanks for the recipe :)

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  2. We are huge mac n cheese fans in this house!! Can;t wait to make this!! Thanks for sharing at The Weekend Retreat, hope tosee you back on Thursday!

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  3. Hi Ali,
    Your Broccoli Cheddar Macaroni and Cheese is a fabulous dish that we would really enjoy here at The Cottage. Hope you are having a great week and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  4. This looks so great right now. I want to come home to a bowl of this after a cold day at work. Thank you for linking @ Doggone Dirty Craftin!

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  5. Homemade mac & cheese is so delicious and I love this veggie version! Thanks so much for sharing at Saturday Night Fever, Ali!

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