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Broccoli Primavera with Cheese Sauce Recipe

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This dish tastes like you fussed over it for hours, but it's actually easy. It's perfect for family dinners and also nice enough to serve company. Our dairy operation can keep me busy, so any dish that can be prepared in a hurry and also tastes great is a blessing to this farm wife!
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, sliced
  • 1 medium head of broccoli, cut into 2-inch x 1-inch pieces
  • 1 small red pepper, diced
  • 3/4 cup green onions, sliced
  • 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup celery, diced
  • 1 cup milk
  • 5 ounces processed cheese spread, cubed
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon leaf oregano
  • 1/2 pound ground beef or Johnsonville® Mild Italian Links, cooked and crumbled (optional)
  • Cooked spaghetti


  1. In a large skillet, heat oil. Cook garlic until browned; discard garlic. Add broccoli, red pepper, onion, mushrooms and celery; cook, stirring constantly, until tender/crisp.
  2. Add the milk, cubed cheese, Parmesan cheese and oregano, cooking and stirring until cheese melts. Add meat if desired. Serve over hot, cooked pasta. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Broccoli Primavera with Cheese Sauce in Country Woman May/June 1989, p29

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.

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Reviewed May. 15, 2011

"I've been making this recipe for years since it first appeared in TOH. We love it, especially with the Italian sausage added."

Reviewed Jan. 23, 2009

"I made this and my family liked it alot although it's not as easy to make as you think!"

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