Broccoli Pasta

Broccoli is a super-food just like kale, a super antioxidant! Broccoli has vitamins K and C, it is a good source of folate, and also provides potassium and fiber. I know many people don’t like it, especially kids. I remember when my daughter Nina was 8 months old, she loved broccoli! However, she stopped eating it after turning two. Well, you know what, I decided to incorporate it into her favorite cheese pasta, and ever since all our kids ask for this dish at least once a week. We even used that sauce on our homemade pizza once. Wow! Usually, we have leftovers after a pizza night, but that night there was nothing left!

This recipe is for a picky eater. Try it, you'll see, they will ask for more!

Broccoli Pasta

by Melanie Dompierre
Quantity for: 6 people
PREP TIME5 mins
COOK TIME25 mins
TOTAL TIME30 mins
This is one of the best ways to introduce broccoli into your kids' diet. Even a picky eater will ask for a second serving of this delicious and healthy dish.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups cut broccoli
  • 2 cups of milk
  • 2 tbsp of butter
  • 2 tbsp of unbleached flour
  • 1/4 tsp of nutmeg
  • 2 cups of grated cheese or gouda cheese
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 454 g pasta of your choice

Instructions

  • Steam or lightly boil your broccoli for about 5 minutes. You don't want to boil them too much, otherwise they will turn dark green, and they won't look appetizing. When done, set them aside. 
  • Start preparing the pasta. Follow the instructions on the box of your pasta.
  • Shred the cheese and then, while the pasta is cooking, start preparing the sauce.
    Ingredients for Broccoli Pasta Recipe

Preparation of the sauce

  • Put butter and flour into the same pot where you boiled your broccoli. With the pot on a medium fire, mix the butter and the flour with a whisk. 
  • When butter has absorbed all the flour, pour the milk in, add salt, pepper, and the nutmeg. Continue mixing with the whisk. 
  • When you see that milk is becoming a little warmer, add the grated cheese. Very important: to prevent the cheese from forming a ball or sticking to the bottom of the pot, whip non-stop until all the cheese has melted. When the cheese has melted, turn off the fire. 
  • Add the broccoli into the pot. Use a hand blender or food processor to achieve a smooth creamy texture.
  • Pour the broccoli sauce over your pasta. You will see, everybody will love it! Enjoy 🙂

Notes

Did you make that recipe ..... tag me @mel4skilletsandpots on Instagram and hashtag it #skilletsandpots. 

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: French
Keywords: broccoli, cheese, linguini, mac and cheese, pasta, sauce
It's easier to sell cotton candy than it is to sell broccoli to somebody, but the broccoli is better for you!  - Marco Rubio
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Written by Melanie Dompierre

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