Cheesy Shells with Broccoli

It’s spring break, and I’m taking the week off work to spend time with my kids. Since I want to spend as much time as possible with them instead of in the kitchen, I’m going to be making a lot of simple, easy, kid-friendly meals this week. This recipe is one of our favourites. My family goes crazy for it, and the best part is that it’s a cinch to make. It hardly takes any longer than preparing a box of Kraft Dinner, so it’s perfect for a healthy lunch or dinner.

Here are my happy kids enjoying their dinners. Cole ate his so fast that everything on his plate was gone before I got the camera out. He had about 4 helpings. You can tell that Bennett and Ayla loved it, too, from the big smiles on their faces. Tony finished up the leftovers for lunch the next day. This recipe makes a big batch, but it still doesn’t last long in our house!

Cheesy Shells with Broccoli


  • 3 cups pasta shells
  • 2 broccoli crowns, chopped
  • 2 cups milk (or evaporated milk for extra creaminess)
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 1/2 cups grated cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook pasta shells according to package directions.
  2. Add broccoli to the water in the last 5 minutes of cooking time. Drain and set aside.
  3. While cooking pasta, make the cheese sauce. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat.
  4. Sprinkle with flour and whisk together.
  5. While whisking, slowly pour in the milk.
  6. Continue to whisk while bringing the sauce to a boil. Once thickened, remove from heat.
  7. Stir in the cheese and salt until all the cheese has melted.
  8. Pour the cheese sauce over the pasta and broccoli. Serve immediately.



Here are some other super easy meal ideas from Life Made Delicious:

Easy Beef and Noodle Dinner
Southwestern Cheddar Chicken Pasta
Impossibly Easy Taco Pie
Twenty-Minute Chicken Cacciatore

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Welcome! I’m Megan.

My kids like to whine, especially when it comes to the food they eat, but that doesn’t stop me from trying to make tasty and healthy meals for them. Follow along as I share family-friendly recipes and reviews from my picky family members, who I lovingly call “The Whine Critics.” Read More…

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