Spicy Mac and 3 Cheeses with Broccoli

Spicy Mac and 3 Cheeses with Broccoli
Spicy Mac and 3 Cheeses with Broccoli

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

6

servings

PREP TIME

--

minutes

TOTAL TIME

--

minutes

SERVINGS

6

servings

Ingredients

  • 4

    cups broccolini florets, chopped broccoli rabe or broccoli florets

  • Salt

  • 1

    pound whole wheat penne, twists or elbows or brown rice pasta

  • 2

    tablespoons EVOO – Extra Virgin Olive Oil

  • 3

    tablespoons butter

  • 2

    shallots, very finely chopped

  • 4

    cloves garlic, finely chopped

  • 1

    small Fresno chili pepper or red cherry pepper, seeded and very finely chopped

  • 3

    tablespoons flour

  • 2 1/2

    cups whole milk

  • Pepper

  • 1 1/2

    cups shredded yellow sharp cheddar cheese

  • 1

    cup shredded aged Gouda cheese

  • 1

    cup Parmigiano-Reggaino cheese, freshly shredded

  • A few sprigs fresh thyme, finely chopped

Directions

Bring a few inches of water to a boil. Salt water and parboil broccoli, rabe or broccolini 4-5 minutes. Drain and cold shock, then dry on kitchen towels. Bring a large pot of water to a boil for the pasta and undercook the pasta by about 2 minutes. Preheat oven to 425°F. Heat a saucepot over medium heat with EVOO and butter. Sauté shallots, garlic and chilies 2-3 minutes then add flour and stir 1 minute. Whisk in milk and season sauce with salt and pepper, melt in cheddar and Gouda. Combine pasta with broccoli, broccolini or rabe and the sauce, and transfer to a baking dish. Top with Parm cheese, sprinkle with fresh thyme and bake until brown and bubbly.

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