Photo: Brian Woodcock; Styling: Cindy Barr
Serves 4 (serving size: 1 1/3 cups)

Any short pasta can be substituted here--rotini and farfalle are good choices.

How to Make It

Step 1

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.

Step 2

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.

Chef's Notes

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Ratings & Reviews

3.5 stars

June 08, 2017
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.


November 28, 2015
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. 

DebMj's review

December 04, 2015
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. 


October 25, 2016
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.

kmckemy's Review

April 15, 2013

Carrieline's Review

February 28, 2013
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.

darklykawaii's Review

February 04, 2013
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.

emzoomz's Review

February 21, 2014

Vicuska's Review

July 02, 2014
I enjoyed this dish. My husband loved it. I added 2 cloves of garlic, and I was not missing any flavors from it.

jworourke's Review

December 01, 2013
Pretty good. A little bland.