This cheese and veggie packed pasta side dish always brings compliments. Add chicken or shrimp and you’ll have a well-balanced entree.
Cook Time: 40 mins
12 ounces uncooked rigatoni pasta
3 garlic cloves, minced
1⁄4 cup butter, cubed
1⁄4 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 1⁄2 cups nonfat milk
5 cups fresh broccoli florets
2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided
- Cook pasta according to package directions. Meawhile, in a large saucepan, saute garlic in butter over medium heat for 2 minutes. Stir in flour and salt until blended.
- Gradually add milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from heat; set aside. Drain pasta and toss with oil; set aside.
- Add 1 inch of water to a large saucepan; add broccoli. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 4 – 5 minutes or until crisp-tender. Drain and rinse with cold water.
- In a 13 x 9 x 2 baking dish coated with nonstick cooking spray, layer 1 cup white sauce, half of the pasta and broccoli and 1/2 cup of cheese. Repeat remaining layers. Top with remaining sauce and cheese. Cover and bake at 350 degrees F for 25 – 30 minutes or until heated through.