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Southern Broccoli Mac Grilled Cheese

Prep Time: 10  |  Cook Time: 15  |  Servings: 4  |  Calories:
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<p>Yep, this grilled cheese has Cajun-spiced mac and cheese made with tangy Sargento® Cheddar, plus Sargento®&nbsp;Pepper Jack for the cheese layer. Zesty broccoli and smoked bacon round out this incredible, two-hands-required sandwich.</p>

  • 2 cups Elbow pasta, fully cooked
  • 3 Tbsp. Salted butter, softened
  • 1 tsp. Liquid smoke
  • 4 tsp. Cajun seasoning
  • 1 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1 cup Heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tsp. Hot sauce
  • 1 cup Sargento® Reserve Series™ 18-Month Aged Cheddar
  • 1 head Broccoli, chopped and sauteed
  • 2 clove Garlic, diced
  • 6 slices Smoked bacon, cooked and chopped
  • 8 slices Buttermilk bread
  • 8 slices Sargento® Pepper Jack cheese
  1. In a small bowl add the softened butter, liquid smoke, half of Cajun seasoning and Italian seasoning and mix well. Set aside.
  2. Using a medium skillet on medium-high heat, add butter. Add in the broccoli and cook for 1 minute. Add in the garlic and cook for another minute. Set aside for assembly.
  3. Using the same skillet on medium-high heat add the heavy whipping cream, hot sauce and remaining Cajun seasoning and cook for about 3 minutes or until it starts to simmer.
  4. Stir in the sharp cheddar cheese gradually. Toss noodles in cheese sauce making sure you coat well. Fold in the chopped bacon.
  5. Allow to cool for a few minutes. On a pan lined with parchment paper, layer bread, sliced cheese, noodle mixture, sliced cheese and bread to form sandwiches. Repeat the process to make 4 sandwiches. Place in refrigerator for about 30 minutes until firm.
  6. Remove from refrigerator and butter top and bottom piece of bread. Cook in skillet on medium heat for 3-4 minutes on each side. Remove from heat and serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts
4 Servings
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 57 grams
Saturated Fat 34 grams
Monounsaturated Fat 14 grams
Polyunsaturated Fat 2 grams
Cholesterol 165 milligrams
Sodium 1120 milligrams
Total Carbohydrates 67 grams
Dietary Fiber 5 grams
Total Sugars 9 grams
Protein 32 grams
Vitamin A 398RE
Vitamin C 43mg 70%
Calcium 698mg 70%
Iron 3mg 20%
The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.