Cheesy Baked Shells and Broccoli

Photo: Anna Williams; Styling: Anna Last

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Recipe Time

Prep: 15 Minutes
Other: 10 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 697
Caloriesfromfat 34 %
Protein 34 g
Carbohydrate 78 g
Sugars 9 g
Fiber 6 g
Fat 26 g
Satfat 15 g
Sodium 650 mg
Cholesterol 82 mg

Ingredients

3/4 pound medium pasta shells (about 5 cups)
1 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups whole milk
2 cups coarsely grated Cheddar or Gruyère (8 ounces)
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Kosher salt and black pepper
1 16-ounce bag frozen broccoli florets, thawed

Preparation

Heat broiler. Cook the pasta according to the package directions.

Meanwhile, heat the butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add the flour and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Whisk in the milk and cook, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened, 4 to 5 minutes.

Add 1 1/2 cups of the cheese and stir until melted. Stir in the nutmeg, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and 1⁄4 teaspoon pepper.

Add the pasta and broccoli and toss to combine. Transfer to a broilerproof 8-inch square or another 1 1/2-quart baking dish. Sprinkle with the remaining 1⁄2 cup of cheese. Broil until golden, 3 to 4 minutes.

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Sara Quessenberry,

October 2008