Make a rich and filling broccoli bake with a savory cheese sauce of butter, flour, milk, Parmesan and sharp Cheddar. Add garlic salt, nutmeg and thyme, combine with cooked broccoli and pasta, then bake with a grating of Swiss cheese over the top.
INGREDIENTS (for 9 servings):
- 1 (8 ounce) package fusilli pasta
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1/3 cup butter
- 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 3 cups milk
- 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
- 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/8 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 1/2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
- 1 1/2 pounds fresh broccoli, cooked
- 3/4 cup shredded Swiss cheese
In a large pot of boiling salted water cook rigatoni or fusilli pasta with one tablespoon of oil until al dente. Drain.
Meanwhile, in a large saucepan melt butter or margarine. Stir in flour and milk and whisk until mixture boils and thickens. Add grated Parmesan cheese, salt, garlic salt, nutmeg, thyme and grated Cheddar cheese and stir until blended.
Add cooked broccoli and drained pasta to cheese sauce. Mix well. Pour into a greased 9x13 inch baking dish. Sprinkle with grated Swiss cheese.
Bake uncovered at 350 degrees C(175 degrees C) for 20 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.