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.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 400°.

Step 2

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

Step 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.

Step 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.

Step 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.

Ratings & Reviews

ChefAmandaLynn's Review

July 22, 2013
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

yc12345's Review

March 18, 2011
Not very flavorful for all the cheeses, might be better w/parm reg instead of the asiago. Pretty easy to make and the bread topping is good but the cheese sauce needs improvement.

Niccole's Review

November 18, 2008
I too thought this was very bland. Next time I will use cheddar cheese to hopefully give it some flavor. The good thing about it was my kids did eat the broccoli!