Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Cheesy Penne with Broccoli

Cheesy Penne with Broccoli
Here's a dish that might appeal to the Lenten crowd who don't eat meat on Fridays.  I made this on a non-Friday and the first thing The DIY Guy said is "where's the meat?"  Well, I can be happy without meat, not that I don't enjoy it but I also like dishes without it.  I love fresh broccoli and that is why this dish really appealed to me.  The broccoli is dropped in during the last 3 minutes of the pasta cooking... how easy it that?  Then drain and it is ready for the cheese sauce.  Since this is a Cooking Light recipe, the sauce was on the lighter side but not light on flavor.

Recipe Source:  Adapted from Cooking Light

And as with many of my recipes, this one goes from prep to table in about 25 minutes.  I definitely like the quick, easy ones.  You could please your meat-eater and add some pre-cooked chicken.  Maybe next time!

 - 8 oz mini penne pasta
-1 medium head of broccoli cut into florets
-1 1/3 cup skim milk
-2 T flour
-2 T parmesan cheese
-2 T 1/3 fat cream cheese
-1/2 t salt
-1/2 t pepper
-1/8 t fresh grated nutmeg
-2.5 oz grated white cheddar cheese

Preparation: Cook the pasta and during last 3 minutes place florets to pan then drain and place in a large bowl. Combine the milk and flour in a saucepan until smooth. Then heat over medium heat stirring with a whisk for about 5 minutes until slightly thickened. Remove from heat and then add the remaining ingredients until smooth. Toss with pasta/broccoli mixture. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese if desired



  1. I love all things pasta! I subscribe to your blog posts and I love checking out your recipes. I am starting a blog party and would love it if you would share a few of your recipes!

  2. Yum--what a great looking springish dish! We eat meatless quite often--this looks yummy.

  3. This would be the perfect dish for my little boy. He loves broccoli and pasta...but he doesn't like meat at all. :P So, for sure he'll be super happy to see this for dinner.


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