Baked Pasta with Broccoli and Sausage

Hello!

Baked-Pasta-with-Broccoli-and-SausageI’ve always been a baker. Need cookies, brownies, cupcakes, or another sweet treat? Chances are I know how to make it. So, when I cook, I try to look for something fairly easy because I am still just starting out. Nothing crazy here :) Baked Pasta sounded good to me, and with the addition of broccoli and sausage, I was sure it would be the perfect Sunday night dinner. It is sort of like mac-and-cheese, but I found the flavors stood out more. It makes plenty, so you’ll have leftovers for later in the week too. Comfort food at its finest.

Baked Pasta with Broccoli and Sausage Adapted from Smitten Kitchen

ingredients

  • 1 pound chunky pasta, such as Ziti
  • 1 head of broccoli, cut into 1-inch segments
  • 1 pound Italian sausage, casings removed {I used chicken.}
  • 2/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 6 ounces mozzarella, cut into small cubes
  • 2 cups milk
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh nutmeg

to make

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Add pasta. Five minutes before the cooking time is up, add the broccoli. Stir as needed. Drain the pasta and broccoli, and then place in a large bowl.
  2. Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Once hot, add the sausage, breaking it apart with a wooden spoon. Continue until it starts to brown, which takes about five minutes. Remove with a spatula.
  3. Heat oven to 400ºF.
  4. In the same saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat.
  5. Once melted, add the flour, and stir until smooth. Cook for one minute as you continue to stir.
  6. Pour a small drizzle of the milk into the butter/flour mixture, and whisk until smooth. Continue to drizzle a small amount of milk, whisking after each addition. Once you have added a little over half the milk, you can add it in larger splashes to the mixture.
  7. Add the salt, garlic, nutmeg, and black pepper to taste. Bring the heat down to a low simmer, and cook the bechamel sauce for ten minutes. Continue to stir!
  8. Combine the sausage and sauce in the bowl with the pasta and broccoli. Add in the mozzarella and half of the grated parmesan. Pour into a lasagna pan, deep 9×13-inch baking dish or 3-quart casserole dish. Sprinkle on the remaining parmesan.
  9. Bake for 25 minutes, or until the edges are golden. Let cool before serving, and enjoy!

Have a lovely day!

Bella :)

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