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Cheesy Broccoli Rigatoni

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min.


10 servings

"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!"


  • 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 shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided


  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 13x9-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.

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 280 calories, 11g fat (6g saturated fat), 27mg cholesterol, 434mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 2g fiber), 14g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 lean meat, 1 vegetable, 1 fat.

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  • msu4two
    Mar 14, 2018

    We didn't like this at all. Full of fat, and lacking flavor. And I'm not sure why this is marked as a "healthy" recipe. Broccoli included in a recipe doesn't make it healthy. It's basically a flavorless alfredo with mozzarella added. It was so bland, I added a bit of Better 'n Boullion and freshly grated mozzarella. Made it a bit better, but not enough to make it again. A big disappointment.

  • PrplMonky5
    Jun 13, 2016

    My husband and I really liked this. I think it would be really good with some other veggies in it too. I cut the recipe in half, but forgot to cut the cheese in half, so it was extra cheesy :) Other than that, I followed the recipe. It tasted homemade to me, but in a good way. Tasted fresh. Next time I will think about adding other veggies, maybe some corn to get a sweet crispness.

  • ClockworkOiDoll
    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"

  • Kavslayer
    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.

  • LoriRW
    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!

  • ConnieK
    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!!!

  • Joscy
    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**).

  • kboo127
    Aug 2, 2010

    I may make this again and put on own touches on it. Family was not impressed.

  • Katriana84
    Mar 22, 2010

    Delicious recipe! It's a very tasty way to fix broccoli. I also like to add 3 cups of cooked cubed chicken to the recipe to make it a main course.

  • cntbailey
    Jan 6, 2009

    My husband loves this one. He is more of a meat and potato man. This recipe has become part of our monthly menu!