Pasta with Cheese and Broccoli

A couple of weeks ago, having not gone to the market yet that week, I was trying to figure out what to make for dinner. I didn’t have a lot of food in the fridge and the only vegetable I had was broccoli.

Whenever I spend too much time trying to figure out what to make for dinner, dinner usually results in pasta! Well, it is versatile, easy and delicious.

Here is the recipe for my Pasta with Cheese and Broccoli. Simple, quick and a crowd pleaser! Try it!

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Ingredients

(4 to 6 servings)

  • 1 pound dried pasta
  • 2 pounds of broccoli flowers
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup chicken or vegetable broth
  • 3 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper

Directions

  1. Cook the broccoli in boiling salted water. Remove the broccoli from the water using a slotted spoon and set aside. Cook the pasta in the same water until al dente. Drain well and keep warm.
  2. While pasta cooks, heat butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onions and cook for 3 minutes, add the garlic and cook for 1 more minute, stirring occasionally. Add the flour, cumin, paprika, salt and pepper. Stir well.
  3. Whisk in milk and raise heat a little to bring to a quick boil. Add the broth , mustard and heavy cream. Simmer sauce to thicken, about 5 minutes. Add the cream cheese and stir well.
  4. Add the broccoli , cheddar and parmesan cheese and stir to combine. Drain pasta and add to the sauce.
  5. Preheat the oven to 400F.
  6. Transfer the pasta to individual baking casseroles and bake for 15 minutes, then turn the oven to broil and cook, 2 to 3 minutes. Serve warm.
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Comments

  1. says

    This looks yummy cheesy, delicious. I must try it.

    I made a broccoli pasta dish, last night, just with Parmesan and spices and PINE NUTS. They were delicious in the dish.

  2. says

    This looks comforting. I love pasta and almost anything that goes with it. This was a good creation using what ingredients were left in the refrigerator and pantry.

  3. says

    I’ve seen a lot of pasta sauces with the addition of cream cheese and have yet to try it. Thanks, now I will. This will be the next pasta recipe I make. Looks so “cheesy”!

  4. La Gringa says

    Does it have to be cheddar? Can it be the white cheese here in Colombia. I think it’s cream cheese…

    • Erica says

      La Gringa- You can use any kind of cheese. Let me know if you use Colombian cheese :) I would love to try it, too!

  5. says

    i’m not a broccoli fan, but to be honest, this is the best way to prepare it that i’ve ever seen. i might actually crave this, which is surprising–great recipe!

  6. says

    Hello Erica,

    your pasta looks excellent with broccoli and a generous amount of cheese, my family would love it!!! you’ve flavoured it with some mustard and spices too, tempting one!!!

  7. Fr@nciJoe says

    Erica, I will let you know about the Colombian cheese. I can see this Broccoli cheese sauce over some cut up chicken breast inside of a crepe…………………La Gringa

  8. says

    I made this one night last week and it was delicious :) The cumin added just the right amount of taste and the crunchy cheese top after broiling was a hit with my kids! Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  9. Fr@nciJoe says

    I did this today. Got all the way down the list and forgot the cream cheese. I didn’t with out the cream cheese and it was still good. The Colombian white cheese was good with it Erica.

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