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This cheesy, veg-friendly dinner is sure to please everyone at the table, thanks to loads of Parmesan cream sauce, oven-roasted broccoli and scrumptious morsels of mozzarella tucked in mounds of crisped pasta. In short: yum.MORE+LESS-
Updated February 10, 2020
oz uncooked cavatappi or similar short pasta shape (about 4 1/2 cups)
cups fresh broccoli florets
teaspoons olive or vegetable oil
cloves garlic, finely chopped
cup Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
cup heavy whipping cream
cups shredded Parmesan cheese (12 oz)
cups cherry tomatoes, halved
cup finely chopped red onion
teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
cup fresh mozzarella cheese pearls
cup Progresso™ plain panko crispy bread crumbs
cup fresh basil, cut into thin strips
Heat oven to 400°F. Spray 18x13-inch rimmed sheet pan with cooking spray. In 5-quart Dutch oven, cook and drain pasta as directed on package; return to Dutch oven.
In large bowl, toss broccoli with oil and 3/4 teaspoon of the salt; stir to coat, and add to sheet pan, spreading out in single layer. Bake 16 to 18 minutes or until broccoli is tender and lightly charred. Remove pan to cooling rack.
Meanwhile, in 3- or 4-quart saucepan, melt 3 tablespoons of the butter over medium heat. Add garlic; cook about 1 minute or until fragrant. With whisk, stir in flour and remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt until combined. Mix milk and whipping cream in glass measuring cup. Gradually stir milk mixture into flour mixture in saucepan. Increase heat to medium-high; heat to boiling, stirring constantly. Boil and stir 1 minute; reduce heat to medium. Stir in Parmesan cheese; cook 1 to 2 minutes, stirring occasionally, until melted.
To pasta in Dutch oven, stir in cheese sauce, tomatoes, red onion and pepper flakes until completely combined. Spoon and spread pasta mixture over broccoli on sheet pan. Top with mozzarella. Melt remaining 3 tablespoons butter; mix with bread crumbs in small bowl. Spoon bread crumbs over pasta. Return sheet pan to oven. Bake 16 to 18 minutes or until mixture is bubbly on edges and bread crumbs are golden brown. Top with basil.
- Try Progresso™ Italian style panko crispy bread crumbs instead of plain for even more flavor.
- Save more prep time by purchasing precut broccoli.
Serving Size: 1 1/2 Cups
- Calories from Fat
% Daily Value
- Total Fat
- Saturated Fat
- Trans Fat
- Total Carbohydrate
- Dietary Fiber
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin C
2 1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1 1/2 Vegetable; 2 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 6 1/2 Fat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.