Recipe: Cheesy Baked Shells and Broccoli

A quick, healthful dinner you can throw together any night of the week!


3/4 pound medium pasta shells

1 tablespoon butter

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

2 cups whole milk

2 cups grated cheddar

1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

kosher salt and pepper

1 16-ounce package frozen broccoli florets


- Heat broiler. Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Drain.

- Meanwhile, heat the butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add the flour and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes.

- Whisk in the milk and cook, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened, 4 to 5 minutes.

- Add 1 ½ cups of the cheese and stir until melted. Stir in the nutmeg, ¾ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper.

- Add the pasta and broccoli and toss to combine. Transfer to a broilerproof 8-inch square or a 1 ½-quart baking dish.

- Sprinkle with the remaining ½ cup of cheese. Broil until golden, 3 to 4 minutes.

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