Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Broccoli Cheddar Pasta Bake

I rarely make vegetarian dishes but this has got to be one of my all time favorites. It's been quite a while since I've made this broccoli cheddar pasta bake. It's normally packed with calories so that is why I haven't made it. With the cooler weather we've been having I have been craving comfort foods so I decided to lighten this dish up so I could indulge. It was just as good if not better than my original version!

Broccoli Cheddar Pasta Bake
Serves 8
Cal 233, Carbs 30.6g, Fat 6g, Fiber 1.2g, Protein 11.5g

12 oz medium pasta shells cooked to al dente
2 cups cooked broccoli (I used Birds Eye Steamers frozen broccoli)
1 1/2 cups reduced fat sharp cheddar cheese, divded
1/8 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 cup reduced fat or fat free milk
2 tbsp reduced fat cream cheese
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. dijon mustard
1/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs
dash of hot sauce (optional but we like the spicy kick)

In a large sauce pan over medium heat whisk together cream cheese and milk until smooth. Slowly stir in one cup of the shredded cheddar whisking constantly until melted. Season with salt, pepper, dijon mustard, hot sauce, and garlic powder. Next add in the cooked broccoli and shells. Mix well and pour into a lightly sprayed 9x13 baking dish. Sprinkle remaining half cup cheese over the top along with the parmesan and bread crumbs.

Bake at 375 for 20-25 minutes. Enjoy!


  1. This looks great, Bridget! Adding this to my dinner ideas, as my family LOVES anything pasta. Pinning!

  2. Hi, this recipe looks so good and yummy. I saw it on domesblissity.
    Julie from julieslifestyle.blogspot.com

  3. My toddlers would love this! Pinning it now. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Looks delicious!! Thanks for sharing on All My Bloggy Friends, I found you there.

  5. Broccoli is always hard to try and make tasty Bridget but you did it with this recipe. It's great! Thank you so much for linking up to Thriving on Thursdays. I love your recipes you link up each week and have made them often. I'm featuring this one at tomorrow's party!

    Anne xx


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