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Broccoli Mac and Cheese Gratin

Yield 8 servings (serving size: 1 1/2 cups pasta)
Blanched broccoli boosts the nutritional profile of a familiar cheesy pasta main dish. Besides lending color to the recipe, the green vegetable adds fiber, folate, and vitamin C.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups uncooked medium seashell pasta (about 12 ounces)
  • 6 cups broccoli florets (about 1 pound)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, divided
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped onion
  • 3 3/4 cups 1% low-fat milk, divided
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour (about 1 1/2 ounces)
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded fontina cheese
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) grated Asiago cheese
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • Dash of ground nutmeg
  • Cooking spray
  • 2 (1-ounce) slices white bread

Nutrition Information

  • calories 360
  • caloriesfromfat 26 %
  • fat 10.4 g
  • satfat 5.2 g
  • monofat 3.4 g
  • polyfat 0.7 g
  • protein 19 g
  • carbohydrate 48.7 g
  • fiber 3.2 g
  • cholesterol 27 mg
  • iron 2.4 mg
  • sodium 708 mg
  • calcium 341 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 400°.

  2. Cook pasta in boiling water 8 minutes; add broccoli. Cook 3 minutes or until pasta is done. Drain.

  3. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add garlic to pan; cook 45 seconds. Transfer garlic mixture to a small bowl; set aside.

  4. Add remaining 1 teaspoon oil to pan; stir in onion. Cook 1 minute, stirring frequently. Remove from heat; stir in 3 cups milk. Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine the remaining 3/4 cup milk and flour in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add flour mixture to onion mixture. Return pan to medium-high heat, stirring constantly with a whisk; bring to a boil. Cook 1 minute or until thick, stirring constantly with a whisk. Remove from heat; stir in the cheeses, salt, black pepper, red pepper, and nutmeg. Add pasta mixture to milk mixture, tossing gently to coat. Pour mixture into a 13 x 9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray.

  5. Combine garlic mixture and bread in a food processor; pulse 15 times or until fine crumbs measure 1 cup. Sprinkle breadcrumb mixture over pasta mixture. Bake at 400° for 18 minutes or until the top is brown.