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Cheesy Broccoli Rigatoni

Debbie Fisher from Glen Burnie, Md. says:
This is one of our family's favorite meals. Even people who aren't crazy about broccoli like it!

Prep Time: 35 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes


  • 16 ounces uncooked rigatoni
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 5 Tbsp. butter or margarine
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 3 1/4 cups milk
  • 1 Tbsp. vegetable or canola oil
  • 7 cups broccoli florets
  • 2 1/2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 2 cups cooked chicken, cubed


Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a saucepan, saute garlic in butter over medium heat for 2 minutes. Stir in flour and salt until blended. Gradually add milk. Bring to a boil, cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from heat, set aside.

      Add one inch of water to a large saucepan, add broccoli. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 4-5 minutes or until crisp tender.
     In a 9x13 inch baking dish coated with nonstick cooking spray, layer 1 cup white sauce, half the pasta and broccoli, 3/4 cup cheese, and all the chicken. Repeat layers with remaining ingredients, finishing with sauce and cheese. Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes. Makes 8-10 servings.

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