Flank Steak with Broccoli Mac and Cheese

Make your own mac and cheese for the kids with this shortcut recipe -- all you need is milk and a few slices of American cheese!
  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 35 min
  • Active: 35 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
  • Nutrition Info
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Ingredients

Kosher salt

1 1/4 pounds flank steak, halved lengthwise, then crosswise

1 teaspoon chili powder

Freshly ground black pepper

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

1 tablespoon unsalted butter

1 teaspoon fresh thyme

4 ounces elbow macaroni (about 1 cup)

2 cups small broccoli florets

1/2 cup milk

6 slices American cheese, torn into small pieces

Pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)

1/4 cup chopped drained jarred pimientos

Directions

  1. Bring a medium saucepan of salted water to a boil. Rub the steak with the chili powder and season with salt and black pepper. Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the steak, reduce the heat to medium and cook until browned, about 4 minutes per side for medium rare. Add the butter and thyme and cook, spooning the butter over the steak as it melts, about 30 seconds. Remove the steak to a cutting board and let rest.
  2. Meanwhile, add the pasta to the boiling water and cook as the label directs, adding the broccoli during the last minute of cooking. Reserve 1/4 cup cooking water, then drain. Add the milk to the saucepan and bring to a gentle simmer over medium heat. Add the cheese and cayenne and cook, stirring, until smooth. Add the pasta and broccoli and cook, stirring, until coated, adding the reserved cooking water as needed to loosen. Stir in the pimientos and season with salt.
  3. Thinly slice the steak against the grain. Serve with the mac and cheese.
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