Creamy Alfredo Broccoli Mac and Cheese

I’m super excited to announce that I have partnered with Challenge Dairy for the next year, to bring you some amazing new and tasty recipes featuring their high quality dairy products such as their creamy butter and their new smooth and silky cream cheese!

If you’re looking for a quick any easy dinner recipe that your whole family will devour, then you’re going to love this 20 minute Creamy Alfredo Broccoli Mac and Cheese!

This Creamy Alfredo Broccoli Mac and Cheese is a quick 20 minute dinner recipe that's perfect for an easy weeknight meal! The whole family loves this one!

Lately I’ve been in a “new-dinner-recipe-zone.” My mind can’t stop thinking about making new tasty dinner recipes, and this one is just another one that is quick, totally easy and bowl-licking good.

If you’ve ever been nervous to make your own alfredo sauce, don’t be! It’s actually incredibly easy to make, and with the help of  the creamy Challenge Butter and Cream Cheese, this alfredo sauce it beyond silky and the perfect coating for some swirly macaroni noodles.

Creamy Alfredo Broccoli Mac and Cheese

This whole meal literally takes less than 20 minutes to make, that’s why I’m sticking this recipe in my 15 minute dinner recipes category. With school back in session (for you guys at least), you totally need an arsenal of easy recipe to squeeze in between homework, soccer practice and those pesky PTA meetings.

Am I right?!

Creamy Alfredo Broccoli Mac and Cheese

The sauce is quickly made in one skillet, while the pasta boils away in another pot.

I used frozen broccoli for this recipe because it’s already chopped and partially cooked, making it a super easy toss-in-veg. You could toss in other veggies like peas, carrots, or red bell peppers for a little pop of color and added nutrition too.

Creamy Alfredo Broccoli Mac and Cheese

A nice crusty french bread would pair nicely with this creamy and cheesy pasta dish!

Creamy Alfredo Broccoli Mac and Cheese

I’m sharing the full recipe for this Creamy Alfredo Broccoli Mac and Cheese over on the Challenge Dairy website, so I hope you’ll hop on over and grab it!

Trust me, you’ll want this one!!

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Creamy Alfredo Broccoli Mac and Cheese

If you're looking for a quick and easy dinner that your whole family will enjoy try this Creamy Alfredo Broccoli Man and Cheese!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Calories: 682 kcal
Author: Shawn


  • 2 cups uncooked macaroni noodles, prepared according to package instructions
  • ½ cup Challenge Butter
  • 1 8 oz package Challenge Cream Cheese
  • 1 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 8 oz grated Parmesan Cheese
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 Tablespoon prepared basil pesto sauce
  • 1 cup frozen broccoli, thawed and coarsely chopped
  • Freshly chopped parsley for garnish, optional



Calories: 682kcal | Carbohydrates: 30.3g | Protein: 20.9g | Fat: 54g | Cholesterol: 149.1mg | Sodium: 811.5mg | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 34IU | Vitamin C: 41mg
Keywords: Alfredo Sauce, broccoli, Creamy, Macaroni and cheese
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About the author

Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes. Mom to 5 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.
19 Responses
  1. Lynne Shoffner

    Shawn, this recipe was great! My family devoured it. After we were done, we discussed all the different things we could put in it. Chicken, seafood assortment, and other vegetables. My family gave it a 10 and said I could make this anytime. Thanks.

  2. Jennifer

    I’ve never seen Challenge Cream Cheese or Butter in my area, could you just use Philly and regular butter? If so, would you use the same amounts of each?

    1. Shawn

      Hi Jennifer, you could use same amounts of any other brand of cream cheese and butter for this recipe. 🙂 I just prefer the flavor and texture of Challenge products (if you can find them, definitely try them and taste the difference).

  3. laterly

    Tried this recipe yesterday for dinner and it was quite delicious, and very quick! Overall the recipe was great, though I think next time I might opt for a bit less of the basil pesto sauce. There was a bit more pesto flavor than I would have liked, but even with that it was still delicious!

    Thank you so much for the great recipe! It’s a keeper!

  4. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life

    There is something so satisfying about homemade alfredo!!! The creaminess and the noodles get me every time!! And girl, your pictures are seriously rocking!!! 🙂

  5. Stephanie @ Stephanies Az Kitchen

    Not a fan of Alfredo actually but i love mac and cheese made with a homemade sauces lol might have to make an exception. Love your pictures 🙂

  6. CTY

    This looks really good. I went to the ink for the whole recipe and am confused about the broccoli. Directions say–thaw the broccoli by draining cooked pasta over it. Is there any further cooking of the broccoli needed? How/when would you add fresh vegetables?

    1. Shawn

      Hey CTY, since the frozen broccoli is actually partially cooked before being frozen all you need to do is simply run the hot pasta water over it to quickly heat it through, and you’ll be all set! If you want to add some fresh veg to the pasta you could steam the veggies or sauté them in a separate pan with a little olive oil until the desired texture is reached, then just add the veggies in when you add the pasta to the sauce! 🙂 Hope you try this, it’s a really tasty dish!

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Shawn Syphus

Hi, I’m Shawn and I’m a busy mom of five; pretending to live on a budget. I love to cook, and explore new recipes, but they have to be quick and easy with as few dishes as possible.

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