Cheesy Leek and Broccoli Pasta Bake

This pasta bake is a twist on my macaroni and cheese recipe. A couple of my kids are starting to fight eating vegetables and I am beginning to incorporate the veggies into a dish instead of keeping them on the side. This way, they are somewhat hidden or covered in lots of good stuff – this time, melted cheese.

My kids have always been good at eating their veggies and I am not sure what has brought about the change. Hopefully it doesn’t last. So for this dish, I took my mac and cheese recipe and added sauteed leeks and broccoli.

Instead of cheddar cheese, I used a blend of Italian cheeses (mozzarella, provolone and parmesan). It turned out to be a great side dish and a bit more adult than classic mac and cheese. The kids enjoyed it and didn’t mind the vegetables.

One win for dad!

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Cheesy Leek and Broccoli Pasta Bake

This recipe twist on macaroni and cheese adds sautéed leeks and broccoli along with a blend of Italian cheeses (mozzarella, provolone, asiago, parmesan) Baked in the oven.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 8 people

Ingredients

  • 500 g or about 1 pound dry pasta (macaroni, scoobi doo, penne, etc.)
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 3 leeks , washed and sliced
  • 2 cups chopped broccoli
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 3 cups grated mozzarella or Italian cheese blend
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Cook the pasta according to packaged instructions. Drain, rinse and set aside.
  • Heat 3 tbsp butter in a skillet on medium heat. Add the sliced leeks and cook for a few minutes, stirring often so they do not burn. Add the broccoli and cook for a few more minutes, or until the broccoli is tender.
  • In a saucepan, on medium heat, melt the 1/4 cup butter. Whisk in the flour until smooth. This creates a roux. Continue to whisk it for a minute.
  • While whisking, slowly pour in the milk. Once smooth add 2 1/4 cups of the grated cheese and spices. Stir until smooth.
  • In a large bowl, mix the pasta, cheese sauce and sauteed vegetables, until all the noodles are covered in some sauce. Spread the mixture in a casserole dish.
  • Sprinkle remaining cheese on top..
  • Bake in a 350F oven for 30 minutes.

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  • Thanks! For sharing.
    We apply it in our family life- “A couple of my kids are starting to fight eating vegetables and I am beginning to incorporate the veggies into a dish instead of keeping them on the side. My kids have always been good at eating their veggies and I am not sure what has brought about the change.”

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