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Lighter Cheesy Broccoli and Shells Skillet

This lightened-up cheesy broccoli and shells skillet cooks up in one pot in less than 30 minutes and is only 350 calories per serving! The ultimately easy weeknight comfort food.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 350kcal


  • 1 medium onion finely diced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half cream
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 12 oz uncooked shell pasta
  • 3 cups broccoli florets
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • In a dutch oven or skillet over medium-high heat, saute onion and garlic in butter until lightly browned. Reduce heat to medium and stir in flour. Slowly stir in milk until smooth. Add half-and-half, chicken broth, and pasta.
  • Cover pot and bring to a boil, stir in broccoli florets and stir pasta occasionally until liquid is mostly evaporated and pasta is tender, about 15 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and stir in cheese until melted. Season pasta with salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy!


Serving: 8g | Calories: 350kcal | Carbohydrates: 36.5g | Protein: 16.1g | Fat: 15.9g | Saturated Fat: 9.2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6.7g | Cholesterol: 74mg | Sodium: 583mg | Fiber: 1.7g | Sugar: 5.9g