Broccoli Alfredo Pasta
Very creamy and a little cheesy. Great way to get kids to eat broccoli! This recipe is adapted from Taste of Home. You can use fresh or frozen broccoli in this.
- Ready In:
- 1 (8 -12 ounce) package pasta (I use fettucine or rotini)
- 2 -3 cups broccoli, chopped
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 1 1⁄3 cups milk
- 1⁄4 cup romano cheese, shredded (or parmesan)
- salt and pepper
- Cook pasta according to package directions and drain.
- Meanwhile, steam broccoli until tender, but still crisp, about 5 minutes, and drain.
- In a large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat.
- Whisk in flour until smooth.
- Gradually whisk in milk.
- Bring to a boil, and cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.
- Season with salt and pepper.
- Remove from heat and stir in the cheese and broccoli.
- Toss with the pasta to coat.
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Kids love it! I actually puree my broccolli after steaming and incorporate in the sauce before pouring over the noodles...for the kids sake. Great way to get them to eat up their veggies. I do add garlic as others have suggested and am very liberal with the salt otherwise it is kinda bland. It is a great starter recipe that you could add all kinds of things to...sauteed onions, mushrooms, red pepper flakes, cubed ham, whatever you'd like. Definetely a staple in my house!
This recipe was great! I had pasta already cooked, and I had a couple of heads of broccoli to use. Since I wasn't home I left the recipe for hubby to make, figuring it wasn't a difficult recipe (and he's pretty good in the kitchen). Instead of steaming the broccoli, he sauteed it, and then added the sauce and the pasta. The kids liked it! For our portions, we added some sauteed sausage. This was a quick, easy recipe with items I usually have on hand, which makes it perfect!