May 24, 2011

Creamy Broccoli Goodness

Another new recipe - I think I'm back in the groove folks! I have been wanting to try some more recipes out of my Guilt Free Cookbook from Taste of Home and what better than a dish with broccoli?? You might say a lot of foods are better than broccoli but in our house we LOVE broccoli! We actually start to crave broccoli if we don't eat enough throughout the week, we also crave Pizza but hey you gotta balance the fatty foods out with the healthy ones right??

I digress.....

Grab these items next time you are at the grocery to make the Cheesy Broccoli Rigatoni casserole!
Broccoli (duh), milk, olive oil, mozzarella cheese, butter, flour, rigatoni noodles, garlic powder (or fresh garlic), and some salt.

Chop up your broccoli, not to teeny tiny pieces, but I cut the little "bushels" in half.

Melt your garlic and butter, than slowly add in your milk. Let it get thick before removing from heat. It won't get thick like gravy but you really don't want it to be runny either, just do your best :-)

Boil your Rigatoni noodles!

My first time successfully cooking broccoli YAY! Sad as it is I always screw up broccoli, so who might you ask cooks it in our house - Chuckles of course and if he's not home I eat these amazing Green Giant single servings (pick up the broccoli AND the cauliflower - YUMMY).

Can you see the thickness? Not really, that's okay you can get the idea it's supposed to be similar to alfredo sauce!

Then you begin the layering! Put some of your cream sauce on the bottom, cover the entire bottom of your 13 x 9 casserole dish. Top with noodles, then broccoli, then cheese and REPEAT!

Bake in your 350 degree oven for 25-30 minutes. And voila - you will reach perfection!

We actually cut this down so it'd be a side dish in which we stupidly chose to pair this with hamburger helper. Needless to say the hamburger helped got tossed and we DEVOURED this casserole, along with some warm cornbread muffins!

I'm not joking when I say that we devoured this. It was so yummy and the garlic ratio was PERFECT! We both love garlic so when you can really taste it - oh man we were in heaven! I was lucky enough to have 2 lunches with the leftovers and it was still super delish leftover. I gurantee if you heat this up at your office people will be looking and drooling. Everyone wanted to know what it was cause the delish garlic smell that wafted out of our office kitchen! Try IT!!


Tracy said...

Ok this I will try.
I just made my first broccoli cassarole, but made with can soup.
But yours has noodles, looks delish.
You could even put precooked chicken in this.

Alyssa said...

YUM! I just bought a massive bag of broccoli at Costco... I am so going to try this!


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