Smoked Gouda Baked Pasta with Broccoli

I recently made an old favorite frittata recipe using smoked Gouda cheese.  The good thing about smoked Gouda is that it is so flavorful, a little goes a long way.  That also means that whenever I purchase a block for a specific recipe, there is usually some leftover.  Not a bad problem to have, that’s for sure.  This time I decided to put it to use with a fun twist on a classic ~ Smoked Gouda Baked Pasta with Broccoli.  Who doesn’t love fancy, new versions of macaroni and cheese!

The first time I made macaroni and cheese with smoked Gouda, it was really tasty, but there was something missing.  The smoked Gouda wasn’t as pronunced as I had hoped.  So after experimenting with some seasoning, I found a little paprika was the key.  It really brought out the smoked Gouda flavor.  The broccoli was also a nice addition to this dish, giving a nutrition boost while adding some texture and color.  One can never have too many mac ‘n cheese recipes, and this version is definitely a keeper!

Smoked Gouda Baked Pasta with Broccoli

Yield: 4 servings

Smoked Gouda Baked Pasta with Broccoli

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces short pasta (such as elbows, penne, rotini)
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 cup yellow onion, chopped
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups skim milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground dry mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) smoked Gouda cheese, shredded
  • 1/3 cup (about 1 1/2 ounces) grated fresh Parmesan cheese
  • 12 ounces frozen broccoli florets, thawed and lightly chopped
  • Cooking spray

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cook pasta according to package instructions. Set aside.
  3. In a large saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion and cook until softened (about 5 to 7 minutes). Add garlic and saute for 1 minute. Add flour and cook, stirring constantly, until lightly toasted (about 1 minute).
  4. Gradually add milk, paprika, mustard, salt and pepper, whisking constantly. Bring to a boil, and then cook until thickened (about 2 to 3 minutes).
  5. Add cheeses to milk mixture, stirring until melted and then remove from heat.
  6. Add broccoli and cooked pasta to the cheese sauce, stirring until well-blended.
  7. Pour into a 2-quart baking dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle with breadcrumbs.
  8. Bake uncovered for 15 minutes, or until bubbly.
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Adapted from Cooking Light

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Comments

  1. Mmmmm….I agree; there’s always room for another mac and cheese recipe! And yours with smoked Gouda and broccoli sounds fantastic :)

  2. Yum-this sounds so good. I probably have 10 mac n cheese recipes I make but not one of them uses Gouda! I love broccoli, pasta, and cheese and can’t wait to try this!

  3. Mmm, looks delicious! I love baked pasta, and gouda must make this such a bold dish.

  4. I love smoked gouda, but I’ve never used it on pasta. I always eat it straight up on crackers. This looks so good, maybe I can trick my kids into eating broccoli :D

  5. I like smoked Gouda but have never tried it melted over pasta. Then again, what could possibly be bad about cheese melted over pasta? :)

  6. This looks just delicious!! I love smoked Gouda and use it in stone-ground grits. I know I’d love this.

  7. This looks absolutely delicious!!I bet the smoked gouda and paprika gave it a lovely flavor!!Great idea to use Broccoli as well.Healthy and hearty :)

  8. sounds and looks good, love broccoli too so this is a great dish for me.

  9. I thinking of preparing carbonara today my son’s friends are coming over, but when I saw this recipe I change my mind. I want to try this tonight.

  10. I love smoked gouda. This looks so tasty!

  11. I love pasta and this promises to be very tasty! :)

  12. WOW! I’m a cheese girl – so anything with cheese and I’m hooked. Such a great combination of flavors, tasty recipe.

  13. I wanted something cheesy but not too overpoweringly rich for our Thanksgiving eve dinner. This meal hit the spot!

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