Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 35 minutes
This recipe is from the April issue of Every Day With Rachael Ray magazine.
1 large bunch broccoli, cut into bite-size florets and stalks peeled and cut into ½-inch cubes
1 pound whole wheat elbow pasta
2 ½ tablespoons butter
½ cup finely chopped shallots (about 3)
3 tablespoons flour
3 ½ cups low-fat milk
3 tablespoons cornstarch
12 ounces cheddar cheese, cut into small cubes
6 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper
1 clove garlic, smashed
3 tablespoons bread crumbs
Fill a large pot with enough water to reach a depth of 2 inches and bring to a boil. Add the broccoli and cook for 1 minute; drain and rinse with cold water. Grease a 9-by-13-inch baking dish and add the broccoli in an even layer.
Fill the same pot with salted water and bring to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until al dente; drain.
Position a rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat to 400 degrees. In the same pot, melt 2 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Add the shallots and cook, stirring, until softened, 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in the flour for 1 minute. Whisk in 1 cup milk until thickened, then whisk in 1 cup more. Whisk the cornstarch into the remaining 1 ½ cups milk, then whisk the mixture into the pot. Simmer, whisking, until the sauce thickens, 2 to 3 minutes. Lower the heat and stir in the cheddar and 4 tablespoons Parmesan. Season with salt and pepper, then stir in the pasta. Spoon the mixture over the broccoli.
In a small heatproof bowl, combine the garlic and remaining ½ tablespoon butter; microwave at high power until melted, about 20 seconds. Stir in the bread crumbs, the remaining 2 tablespoons Parmesan and ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper. Discard the garlic, then sprinkle the bread crumb mixture on the pasta. Bake until golden, about 15 minutes. Let cool slightly before stirring.