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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
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
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.