Broccoli and White Cheddar Shells
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Sometimes you need a quick and filling meal in under 30 minutes! Not only is this dish easy to make, but the whole family will love it!
Yield: 6-8 servings
  • 1 lb. mini shells or gnocchetti (see note below)
  • 1 head broccoli, steamed and chopped
  • 2 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 2 c. whole milk, warmed
  • ½ tsp. salt (more to taste)
  • ½ tsp. pepper (more to taste)
  • ¼ tsp. paprika, heaping
  • ⅛ tsp. cayenne pepper
  • ½ tsp. onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 c. white cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 c. sharp (or extra sharp) white cheddar cheese, grated
  1. Fill a dutch oven or heavy bottom stock pot with water, bring to a boil. Add the pasta and cook according to the package directions. Drain, rinse with cold water and transfer to a large bowl.
  2. In a glass measuring cup heat the 2 c. of milk for 45 seconds on HIGH in the microwave, set aside.
  3. Return the pot to low heat, melt the butter, then whisk in the flour. Bring the heat up to medium and cook for 1-2 minutes or until the mixture begins to bubble (but not brown). Add 1½ c. of the warm whole milk and whisk to combine. Bring the mixture to a boil, it will thicken substantially.
  4. Add the salt and spices, continue whisking. Turn the heat down to low and add the grated cheeses, stirring constantly until it has melted into the sauce. Stir in the remaining ½ c. of milk.
  5. Add the cooked pasta and steamed broccoli, stir to coat. Serve immediately.
-Feel free to use any type of pasta you have on hand, we used gnocchetti.
Recipe by Life Made Simple at