Penne Broccoli Al Forno

  • Difficulty: Medium
  • 45 minutes
  • 2 servings

So, broccoli gives you a hard time? Try incorporating it in as many delicious dishes as possible. Tuck the broccoli in a nice, creamy sauce and cook it into the oven with some penne, covered with a generous amount of shredded mozzarella. Al Forno pasta, here we come!

Ingredients Needed for Penne Broccoli Al Forno

salt
pepper
2 teaspoons of vegetable oil
5 ounces of penne
1 thyme sprig
8 ounces of broccoli
2 teaspoons of butter
2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
½ cup flour
1 cup chicken stock
½ cup mozzarella, shredded
1 tablespoon breadcrumbs

How to Cook Penne Broccoli Al Forno

  1. Fill a saucepan halfway with water and place it over medium heat. Add a pinch of salt and a small drizzle of oil. Bring the water to a boil.
  2. Add the penne along with the thyme sprig.
  3. Cook the pasta according to the instructions on the package.
  4. Add the broccoli in a large bowl and cover them with hot water. Leave it aside for 5 minutes.
  5. Next, heat a skillet over low heat, add the butter in it and melt it. Add the garlic and slowly start pouring the flour.
  6. Pour the chicken stock and slowly whisk with circular moves, until the flour is absorbed by the liquid and you obtain a smooth, creamy sauce.
  7. Add the broccoli and season with salt and pepper.
  8. Add the pasta and cook for 1-2 more minutes.
  9. Move the pasta into a glass baking dish and top with the shredded mozzarella and breadcrumbs. Drizzle the remaining vegetable oil.
  10. Slide the dish into the oven and bake it for the next 25 minutes at 350 degrees F/175 degrees C.

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