Monday, May 21, 2012

Lite Comfort Foodgasm: Broccoli, Cheese and Pasta Casserole

Why this is a Foodgasm? Come on, anything with pasta and cheese is comforting.  This has the added bonus of broccoli and this is also a lite recipe so goodbye guilt, hello foodgasm! Also great for kids since I put the broccoli in the food processor!

This is a 6 point foodgasm! (Recipe yields 7 servings)

What you need:
Frozen broccoli florets (these are hard to measure since they are large, probably about 3 cups)
1/2 box of Ronzoni Quick Cook elbows
1 can 99% fat free broccoli and cheese soup
2 cups reduced fat mexican cheese
1 cup skim milk
Pepper to taste

How to make it:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Put frozen broccoli in a microwave safe bowl and microwave about 5 minutes (or until cooked through).  Put a small sauce pan on medium heat and add the cream of broccoli soup, 1 cup of the cheese and milk. Stir and let cook and thicken for about 5 minutes. Add pepper to taste.  When broccoli is cooked through, place in food processor until it's in tiny little pieces and combine with cheese sauce. In an oven-safe casserole dish: mix the pasta in with the broccoli and cheese goodness. Add remaining cup of cheese to the top and bake about 25-30 minutes. I served mine with brussel sprouts.  That is it!

Easy, delicious, nutritious, but most importantly FOODGASMIC!