Cheesy Broccoli Rigatoni

"This cheese and veggie packed pasta side dish always brings compliments. Add chicken or shrimp and you'll have a well-balanced entree. Found in the Taste of Home Parties, Potlucks & Barbecue cookbook."
photo by Swirling F. photo by Swirling F.
photo by Swirling F.
photo by Swirling F. photo by Swirling F.
photo by Swirling F. photo by Swirling F.
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  • Cook pasta according to package directions. Meawhile, in a large saucepan, saute garlic in butter over medium heat for 2 minutes. 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 heat; set aside. Drain pasta and toss with oil; set aside.
  • Add 1 inch of water to a large saucepan; add broccoli. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 4 - 5 minutes or until crisp-tender. Drain and rinse with cold water.
  • in a 13 x 9 x 2 baking dish coated with nonstick cooking spray, layer 1 cup white sauce, half of the pasta and broccoli and 1/2 cup of cheese. Repeat remaining layers. Top with remaining sauce and cheese. Cover and bake at 350 degrees F for 25 - 30 minutes or until heated through.

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  1. Marion Jacobsons Re
    Yummy! I used oat milk instead of regular milk. Turned out great!
  2. Annette S.
    Made this...loved it. Will definitely make again and again!
  3. Lalaloula
    This pasta dish turned out so yummy. It was very creamy, cheesy and the broccoli added a nice touch. I used whole spelt pasta and a blend of different cheeses in place of the mozzarella. For my roux I didnt need as much butter as stated, but I guess that varies from day to day. I loved the layering technique in this as it made the pasta very creamy. However I found that the dish needed a bit more flavour, some black pepper and onion maybe or some cayenne pepper and Italian herbs. Other than that though a true keeper! THANK YOU SO MUCH for sharing it with us, Crafty!<br/>Made and reviewed for the Aussie/NZ Recipe Swap November 2011.
  4. Chef1MOM-Connie
    I enjoyed this very much as a full meal for a luncheon with my sister n law. We both liked the freshness of the brocolli and the cheese together. I love garlic so this is right up my alley. I will make this again as a quick dinner or luncheon for friends and family. Perfect for the unexpected hurry up meal. This would also be a great side dish for dinner. I did reduce this for 2 people but wish I would have made more for leftovers. I bet it is even better the 2nd time around. Made for AUS/NZ Swap49
  5. CookingONTheSide
    This is so delicious! This is so flavorful thanks to the fresh garlic and cheese. I did add some freshly shredded parmesan cheese as well as the mozzarella. I did use frozen broccoli and cooked that in the microwave before adding to pasta. I love broccoli and pasta together so this is a definite winner! I will make again. Made for Photo Tag.


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