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

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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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4 comments

  • 5 stars
    Great recipe! I didn’t have mozzarella so just used tasty cheese and parm, also added some nutmeg to the sauce and panko crumbs on top. Delicious! Such yummy comfort food that you don’t need to feel tooo guilty about because of the veg! Thanks for the recipe 🙂

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  • 5 stars
    What a great recipe. I had some broccoli and leek left over from another recipe and wanted to know what to make. I googled broccoli and leek and this came up and decided to give a try. Also added cookers bacon into the mix too. One of the nicest pasta bakes I have ever eaten. I will try this with the kids tomorrow too see what they think as they are fussy eaters.

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  • Awesome post.

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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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