Not super flavorful but certainly kid friendly, I used some different cheeses, see my version at http://www.dishoverdinner.com/2013/07/broccoli-mac-and-cheese-gratin.html
Broccoli Mac and Cheese Gratin
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.
Yield: 8 servings (serving size: 1 1/2 cups pasta)
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Amount per serving
- Calories: 360
- Calories from fat: 26%
- Fat: 10.4g
- Saturated fat: 5.2g
- Monounsaturated fat: 3.4g
- Polyunsaturated fat: 0.7g
- Protein: 19g
- Carbohydrate: 48.7g
- Fiber: 3.2g
- Cholesterol: 27mg
- Iron: 2.4mg
- Sodium: 708mg
- Calcium: 341mg
- 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
- Preheat oven to 400°.
- Cook pasta in boiling water 8 minutes; add broccoli. Cook 3 minutes or until pasta is done. Drain.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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