Cheesy Pasta with Broccoli

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It’s interesting to see how my picky younger daughter would not eat broccoli unless it is included in a dish.  I always have to find a way to make it happen for her.  She loves her pasta, so for dinner today, I made her some cheesy pasta with broccoli which I served with some delicious braised ribs.

This is how I prepared my pasta

Ingredients

1 lb. penne

½ head broccoli

2 cup cheddar cheese

1 cup Parmesan cheese

½ cup cream cheese

2 cups whole milk

1 cup chicken broth

¼ cup half and half

4 tbsp butter

1 stalk celery finely diced

1 medium onion

2 tbsp all-purpose flour

1 tsp dry mustard

Salt and pepper to taste’

For the topping

½ cup bread crumb, ½ cup Parmesan cheese, 1 tbsp dried parsley

some additional butter to butter the baking dish

 

Preparation

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees

Bring a pot of water to a boil.  Cook the pasta according to the package instructions.  Drain and set aside.

Meanwhile, melt the butter in another pot.  Add the celery, broccoli, and onion.  Cook until they are softened for about 5 minutes.

Sprinkle on the flour and the dry mustard and stir to coat the vegetables.  Add the milk, the broth, the half-and-half, and the cream cheese.  Stir until they come to a boil.

Add the cheddar, the Parmesan cheese, and the salt and pepper.  Stir to melt the cheese.

Add the pasta and keep stirring.  Pour into the baking dish.

Combine the breadcrumbs, the remaining ½ cup parmesan, and the parsley flakes in a bowl, and sprinkle over the dish.

 

Bake for 25 minutes.

Bon Appetit!

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74 COMMENTS

  1. This is one of my fave go to weeknight recipes. It’s so easy to make and is super satisfying. Your pics are making me drool!

  2. Adding this recipe for our pizza pasta Friday meals. Maybe this time my grandson would eat the broccoli, as long as it is with a cheesy pasta dish. And I know my husband would always request to add some crispy bacon bits.

  3. This looks and sounds so delicious! I am always looking for new recipes and ideas to get my kids eating more veg so we will definitely give this one a try as it looks like a delicious family dinner idea! Thanks for sharing x

  4. mmmm… this looks and sounds so yummy! I love broccoli in tomato pasta and what is better than cheesy pasta? I am going to try this asap! Thanks for the instructions, they’re so easy to follow.

  5. I read the description of the dish and started feeling hungry. It has everything a big bowl of comfort food needs: cheesy pasta with crunchy topping! And it has veggies ❤️

  6. These are all of my favorite things! I love a cheesy pasta dish and broccoli is my fave veggie. I can’t wait to try this!

  7. This looks absolutely delicious!!!! There’s nothing better than a good cheese and broccoli pasta – definitely going to have to try this for dinner soon!

  8. That sure does look delicious. I do love pasta, cheese and broccoli and have combined them together myself before. It’s such a great comfort food.

  9. Delicious! I love adding broccoli to my pasta, it is such a good combination. Thanks for sharing this homemade version of the dish.

  10. I love any baked dish! This looks really tasty and I will definitely give it a go. And hopefully my kids will eat it. They are too picky and they get away with it.

  11. There’s nothing on this recipe I don’t like. It’s like comfort food for me, I could have this all day, anyday. Thanks for sharing this recipe, it looks absolutely delicious.

  12. My younger niece throws tantrums whenever we make broccoli at home. We can make this recipe and let’s hope she tries it!

  13. Thanks for this ! Got an idea on what a healthy and delicious food to prepare for my daughter. Even though it has a vegetable she will still love this because of cheese.

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