Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Viable Veggies

I don't really have a strong love for vegetables.  I eat them, I serve them to my family with most of their meals and I have definitely had some on occasion that I would put in the delicious category.  However, I never crave a veggie or get super excited about eating them.  But the sad truth is that I am not a little kid and I know better than to not eat them.  They are super good for you and most importantly in my book, very low in calories.  I still have to make a concerted effort to include them in meals though so anytime a recipe includes them covered in cheese I am all over it!

Cheesy Penne with Broccoli
Adapted from Cooking Light March 2013



  • 8 ounces uncooked penne pasta
  • 5 cups broccoli florets (about 1 medium head)
  • 1 1/3 cups fat-free milk
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons grated fresh Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 2 tablespoons 1/3-less-fat cream cheese
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 2.5 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (about 2/3 cup)



1. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. During the last 3 minutes of cooking, add broccoli to pan; drain. Place pasta and broccoli in a large bowl.

2. Combine milk and flour in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring with a whisk until smooth. Cook 5 minutes or until slightly thickened; remove from heat. Add 2 tablespoons Parmesan and remaining ingredients,

stirring with a whisk until smooth.

 Add cheese mixture to pasta mixture; toss.

 Sprinkle with remaining Parmesan.

Click Here for My Adapted Printable Recipe


Pink Lemonade Martini said...

I am very new to blogging but yours is one of the first blogs I've found that I love! This recipe sounds delicious. I can't wait to try it for my family! Check out my blog when you get a few minutes and let me know what you think! Thanks!

Mr. & Mrs. P said...

Love this... the happy marriage of a light mac n cheese and a pasta salad!! delicious!!

Dining Alone said...

This has been one of my favorite combos since I was a kid! This looks delicious.

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