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Cheesy Broccoli Rigatoni Recipe
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Cheesy Broccoli Rigatoni Recipe

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"This cheese-and-veggie-packed pasta side dish always brings compliments. Add chicken or shrimp, and you'll have a well-balanced entree," Lisa Csiki of North Windham, Connecticut suggests. "The tasty white sauce can be used on many foods. My husband even likes it spooned over eggs!"
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES:10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES: 10 servings

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces uncooked rigatoni or large tube 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 fat-free milk
  • 5 cups fresh broccoli florets
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided

Nutritional Facts

One serving (1 cup) equals 280 calories, 11 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 27 mg cholesterol, 434 mg sodium, 34 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 14 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 lean meat, 1 vegetable, 1 fat.

Directions

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, saute garlic in butter over medium heat for 1 minute. 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 the heat; set aside. Drain pasta and toss with oil; set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan, bring 1 in. of water and broccoli to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 5-8 minutes or until crisp-tender. Drain and rinse with cold water.
  3. In a 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray, layer 1 cup white sauce, half of the pasta and broccoli and 1/2 cup cheese. Repeat layers. Top with remaining sauce and cheese.
  4. Cover and bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until heated through. Yield: 10 servings.
Originally published as Cheesy Broccoli Rigatoni in Light & Tasty June/July 2001, p56

Nutritional Facts

One serving (1 cup) equals 280 calories, 11 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 27 mg cholesterol, 434 mg sodium, 34 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 14 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 lean meat, 1 vegetable, 1 fat.

Reviews for Cheesy Broccoli Rigatoni

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Reviewed Aug. 18, 2013

This recipe is not only easy, it is SO GOOD. When I decided to make this I expected it to just be ok.. it is a lot more than "ok", the sauce and cheese make it sooo good. I wind up using more pasta sometimes so I double the sauce usually. If you are considering try this, do it. You will not even miss the meat! Great for "meatless monday"

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Reviewed May. 17, 2013

Very Good Recipe that we will make again. Has a simple flavor of the Garlic and dairy, not a lot of other flavors but delectable none the less. We added a chicken breast that I grilled to the top so there was some meat with it as a complete meal. If you are not making this for 4 adults or more try to make Half the recipe there is a lot of leftovers which is fine but not everyone wants so much left.

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Reviewed Nov. 29, 2012

Made this for Thanksgiving and it got rave reviews and there was only about 2 servings left at the end of the day. Had great flavor and was creamy. Since I love cheese, I may had another more flavorful cheese to the recipe and a little more garlic. Otherwise, YUM!

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Reviewed Jul. 6, 2012

Love this. What a great and different way to have pasta and broccoli. I also like to add about 2 cups of cooked meat to this to make it a main dish. Turkey, chicken, and ham work well. I might try this next time with shrimp or crab, what a treat that will be!!!

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Reviewed Jun. 12, 2012

Although my husband is a *meat and potatoes* type man, I like to fix this meatless dish, which he enjoys (**but not too often; add some meat to it for a really enjoyable meal**).

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