Preparation: 1. Cook macaroni according to package directions. (Do not use salt or oil if suggested in directions.) Set aside. 2. Melt butter in large saucepan over medium heat. 3. Add flour; cook, whisking constantly, for 1 minute, or until brown (don’t let it burn). 4. Slowly whisk in almond milk; cook, whisking constantly, for 1 to 2 minutes, or until mixture thickens and there are no lumps. 5. Reduce heat to low. Add cheese; cook, whisking constantly, for 2 to 3 minutes, or until melted. 6. Add macaroni, chicken, broccoli, salt, and pepper; cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute, or until heated through. 7. Serve immediately.
Tips and Variations: • Use quinoa pasta and gluten-free flour if you’re following a gluten-free lifestyle. • Asparagus, green beans or Brussels sprouts can be substituted for broccoli. • A combination of cheeses like cheddar and Gouda, cheddar and Monterey jack, and cheddar and Asiago can be substituted for sharp cheddar.