Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. During the last 3 minutes of cooking, add broccoli to pan; drain. Place pasta and broccoli in a large bowl.
Combine milk and flour in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring with a whisk until smooth. Cook 5 minutes or until slightly thickened; remove from heat. Add 2 tablespoons Parmesan and remaining ingredients, stirring with a whisk until smooth. Add cheese mixture to pasta mixture; toss. Sprinkle with remaining Parmesan.
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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 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.
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.
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.
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.