I read the reviews and so sauteed some minced garlic in olive oil before adding the milk and flour. It added to the dish. I think some additional herbs would also be nice next time - maybe even some red pepper flakes. Easy enough to make on a busy weeknight. One could easily add some left over roasted chicken or pork to add some protein. Would make again but not quite good enough to serve to guests or anything. Just comfort food.
I, too, had issues with this dish. After reading the reviews, I tweaked it by adding some red pepper flakes and two cloves of garlic Even with these additions, by DH and I felt it was a little bland and we would have liked a cheesier sauce, maybe an imported extra-sharp cheddar. Won't be making this again.
I had all the ingredients on hand for this, but after reading the reviews, I knew I needed to tweak it. I sauteed 1/3 cup of sweet Italian sausage (out of the casing) with a medium onion, and parboiled the broccoli in the microwave before sauteeing it with the sausage and onion. Caramelized all of it together. Made the rest as written. It was a bit thick with the addition, so I should have added some reserved pasta water; instead I thinned it with some extra skim milk. We really enjoyed it with those changes.
My family loved this dish. I thought the flavors were great. I do agree that adding some sliced chicken breasts would even make this a better meal.
VERY bland. Almost everyone who liked it added things to it to make it more interesting. Adding a bunch of things makes it a different recipe altogether. If you have to doctor it up to make it palatable, it's not a good recipe.
I enjoyed this dish. My husband loved it. I added 2 cloves of garlic, and I was not missing any flavors from it.
I agree this is probably pretty bland on its own, but what's not good about broccoli and pasta in cheese sauce?? Charred a sliced onion and the broccoli in a cast iron pan with some garlic and added in some chopped roasted red pepper. A decent amount of whole grain mustard instead of Dijon, no nutmeg, whole milk, regular cream cheese, and whole wheat flour, and a good dose of crushed red pepper. Pretty tasty and easy to adapt to what's on hand.
Good recipe for weekdays, quick. I would next time add a little more spices to bring out the sauce taste.
Awesome quick and tasty weekday dinner. My 2 year Olds looooooved it.
I think this is one of those great base recipes. I added a 1/2 Tbsp of Creole mustard, a dash of soy sauce, 1 Tbsp Frank's, 5 cloves of garlic, and a sauteed onion and diced red bell pepper. With all these additions it was 5 star but I think this is one of those recipes you need to make your own to really get it to wow worthy.
This for the most part was good. There was something missing and not sure what it was. Will make again, but will be looking for what to add to round it out.
Pretty good. A little bland.
Since my husband isn't crazy about meat-less pasta dishes, I added a package of short-cuts chicken (Italian flavor) and added some hot-shot pepper. It was fantastic! The nutmeg and mustard were not noticeable to me, so I would include them. Plenty of flavor, very creamy, not bland at all. It's a keeper for us!
I give this 3 stars, which stands for "Good, solid recipe," which this is. I only make this with Chicken Breasts, cooked and then chopped or cubed. The recipe by itself may be a bit bland, but solid. Adding the Chicken really makes it better. I would also find a really good Cheddar cheese, one with a good bite or a nice strong Cheddar taste (a.k.a. spend a bit more on good quality). This is part of my rotation meals.
this is ok. it definitely needs more flavor. i didn't read the earlier posts before i began so i just added extra parmesan to the top and added salt and pepper. i would make it again because it is quick and easy, not because it is the most amazing dish ever.
A terrific variant on Mac and Cheese, but it needs more broccoli (I doubled it) and a spark. I used extra-sharp Irish Cheddar and extremely thin-sliced pancetta, which I cooked crisp, drained and added (crumbled) to the sauce. This added only about 20 to 25 calories per portion to the finished dish, but the punch-up in flavor was tremendous.
This was good and very easy. Instead of Parmesan I used Asiago cheese, since I already had it on hand. I also doubled the mustard, and added garlic powder for extra flavor. I think the flavor of the sauce would also go well with fresh peas and a can of low sodium albacore tuna instead of the broccoli. Next time I will try that!
Good not great. A quick and easy weeknight meal..we made it for meatless monday. I added some roasted cherry tomatoes to it the second time I made it which added some nice flavor.
this was good, however i think i might try some different cheeses.
So I really want to like this. It was so fast and easy to make. It has all may favorite ingredients in it. But is was really bland. I made it and it took 15 minutes to make once the water started boiling. But it just wasn't good. It needed some flavor. It just had none. Disappointed to say the least.
I cooked cut up 2 chicken breasts and seasoned them with salt and pepper. Then I cooked them in a pan coated with cooking spray. I added enough pepper for a kick with the chicken, but this is a great recipe for families with children. Especially if you use a higher fiber pasta such as Ronzoni.
My husband and I both loved this recipe. It was quick and easy which is perfect for a weeknight. And the nutmeg added the perfect flavor to the cheese sauce. I will make sure not to cook the flour and milk as long next time because it got pretty thick when I added the cream cheese. And next time, per my husband's request, we're going to add some chopped bacon. We will definitely make this again.
Fast. Easy. We had everything already in the kitchen (added chicken) and it became an instant favorite even with our picky 5 year old.
I give it 2 stars for creaminess but for flavor it was bland. No pizzazz. There have been other recipes that tasted better and if I add the broccoli served the same purpose. Sorry missed the mark on this one.
This recipe sure was quick to put together. I made half of it (for my husband and me) without the nutmeg as I could not imagine that flavor with broccoli and it was perfect for us. Next time I may try some crushed red pepper just to give it a bit of a kick. In addition I may try some roasted red peppers to give some color and some extra veggies. I served it with a basic tossed salad.
We made this for dinner last night and it was a hit with my husband. My 11-year-old is anti-broccoli right now. We split the dairy with Lact-Aid and 2% milk and it worked great. i am eating the leftovers for lunch right now. I will definitely make this recipe again.
This recipe was AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!! I had to use frozen broccoli, but I bet with fresh it will taste even better. YUMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I didn't add mustard or nutmeg - I'm not a fan of those flavors.
Kid friendly one dish meal. Nice cheesy sauce--not at all dry. I would omit or maybe just do a dash of nutmeg next time, since it seemed to overpower the dish.
I didn't have high hopes for this other than it being quick and kid-friendly. I was quite pleasantly surprised that while it was both of those, it was also pretty yummy. The Dijon (I used coarse) gave it an unexpected tang. I did use full fat milk and cream cheese, as I am of the camp that believes those healthier than the overly processed skim versions. I used whole wheat flour and it worked just fine.