Day 129 : Cheesy Broccoli Pasta

Tonight’s recipe was supposed to be something else.  Instead of pasta, the cheesy broccoli sauce was supposed to be mixed with potatoes and stuffed back inside the baked potato shells.  Somehow  my potatoes did not turn out the way they should have and completely fell apart while I was digging them out.  There were also bad spots in some of them.  So I decided to continue with the sauce and just mix it in with some pasta.

It wasn’t bad, but I doubt it’s something I would make as stated again.  The idea was good though.  I just felt it needed a bit more flavor.  I have no idea how it would have tasted in the original recipe so I can’t really say if it was something that I just needed to adjust for the changes or not.  I would reserve some pasta water before draining just in case the cheese sauce was too thick to mix in well, but I managed ok tonight without.  It was certainly easy to make!

Cheesy Broccoli Pasta

Serves : 4                  Time to make :  20 minutes

Ingredients :

  • 8 oz. pasta, cooked al dente (I used some organic multicolored shells)
  • 1/3 cup shredded low fat cheddar
  • 1 1/2 cup broccoli florets
  • 6 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 3/4 cup onion, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 3 tsp. flour

Directions :

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile bring about 1/3 cup water to boil in a skillet.  Add broccoli, cover and cook for about 5 minutes.  Drain and set aside.
  3. Heat a small amount of oil in the same skillet and cook onion until soft.  Add the flour and stir.  Cook for about 30 minutes, being careful not to burn it.
  4. Add the milk, salt and pepper and whisk together, cooking for about another minute or two until thickened.
  5. Take off the heat, and add cheese, stirring until melted.
  6. Toss in the broccoli and crumbled bacon then mix in the pasta once drained.  If it’s a bit thick you can add some of the pasta water.

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