Mac and Cheese with Broccoli

  • Serves 6

    INGREDIENTS

    Salt

  • 1 pound whole wheat or whole grain penne with lines
  • 2 bundles broccolini, trimmed and cut into 1-inch lengths or 1 large head broccoli, trimmed and cut into small florets
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 1/2 cups extra-sharp yellow cheddar cheese, divided
  • Pepper
  • 1/4 cup chives, chopped or 2 scallions, thinly sliced (optional)
PREPARATION
Pre-heat the broiler.

Bring a large pot of water to a boil for the pasta. Salt the water and cook the pasta to al dente, according to the package directions (about 10-12 minutes total, depending on the brand). When the pasta has been cooking for a couple of minutes, add the broccolini or broccoli to the water and finish cooking everything together, 8 minutes more.

Meanwhile, melt the butter in a sauce pot over medium heat.  Add the garlic and cook for 2-3 minutes. Whisk in the flour and cook for 1 minute, then whisk in the stock and milk. Let the sauce thicken to coat the back of a spoon; stir in 2 cups of cheese and season with salt and pepper.

Drain the pasta and broccoli and toss with the sauce. Adjust the seasonings, to taste. Place in a large casserole dish and top with the remaining cheese and chives or scallions, then place under the broiler to bubble and brown the top.

This is one of many “Yum-o!” recipes – it’s goodand good for you. To find out more about Yum-o!, Rachael’s nonprofit organization, go to www.yum-o.org.

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