This Creamy Broccoli Pasta Casserole Recipe Is a Fork Full of Comfort by 30Seconds Food


This Creamy Broccoli Pasta Casserole Recipe Is a Fork Full of Comfort

Looking for a meal the whole family will love? Look no further than this creamy broccoli pasta casserole recipe. Loaded with broccoli and three types of cheeses, this satisfying dinner recipe is a fork full of comfort.

Pasta is a comfort food ingredient the whole family can agree upon – and the same can be said for broccoli. This easy broccoli pasta casserole recipe is super creamy and cheesy, and we're pretty sure it will be a family pleasin' vegetarian recipe that you'll get asked to make again and again. 

Here's what you need in order to make this decadent pasta dinner: pasta, broccoli, butter, flour, garlic, heavy whipping cream, chicken broth, shredded Gruyere and mozzarella cheese, and grated Parmesan cheese.

Serve this pasta and broccoli casserole recipe with a salad, or as a side dish with your favorite protein to round out the meal. Or, just scoop into a bowl and grab a fork.

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Cuisine: Italian / American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 to 35 minutes (will vary depending on type of pasta used)
Total Time: 40 to 45 minutes
Servings: 6

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces uncooked pasta (penne, fettuccine, rotini, cavatappi, etc.)
  • 4 cups broccoli florets
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup shredded Gruyere or mozzarella cheese (divided)
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese (divided)

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Recipe Notes

  • You can use any type of pasta you prefer (regular or gluten-free).
  • Feel free to add a sprinkle of crushed red pepper flakes if you'd like some heat.
  • Make ahead if you are meal planning, and refrigerate for up to four days.
  • Store leftovers in the refrigerator and reheat in the microwave.

Here's how to make it: 

  1. Add the pasta to a large pot of salted, boiling water. Cook for 5 to 8 minutes. Add the broccoli florets and cook for 1 minute. Taste the pasta and make sure it is al dente. Drain the pasta and broccoli in a colander and set aside.
  2. In a skillet, melt the butter. Add the flour and cook, stirring, about 2 minutes. Add the garlic and cook 30 seconds. Season with salt and pepper. Turn heat to low. 
  3. Add the cream and chicken broth and cook, stirring, about 2 minutes. Add half the Gruyere and half the Parmesan. Stir until melted and smooth. Remove from the heat. Stir in the pasta and broccoli. Pour into a greased 2.5-quart casserole dish or baking pan. Top with the remaining cheese. 
  4. Bake in a preheated 350-degree F oven for about 20 to 25 minutes, or until bubbly and lightly browned on top. 

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories: 441

Total Fat: 21.9g

Saturated Fat: 13.1g

Cholesterol: 108mg

Sodium: 572mg

Total Carbohydrate: 40.3g

Dietary Fiber: 1.7g

Total Sugars: 1.2g

Protein: 23.2g

Vitamin D: 13mcg

Calcium: 395mg

Iron: 3mg

Potassium: 359mg

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Tribe
Cheesey broccoli, that's all I need to know...
Elisa Schmitz
Broccoli casseroles are really just the best. This recipe looks awesome!
Cassiday
Serious comfort food the whole family just loves.

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