How to Make Vegetarian Pasta Bake

A simple, creamy vegetarian broccoli pasta bake with a crunchy cheesy  topping that is perfect for any night of the week - all you need is 20 minutes for prep time!

– Extra-virgin olive oil – Yellow onion – All-purpose flour – Skim or 2% milk – Whole grain mustard – Garlic and Italian seasoning – Red pepper flakes (optional)

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– Sharp cheddar cheese and parmesan cheese – Rigatoni or penne pasta – Broccoli – Panko breadcrumbs – Fresh parsley

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Step 1. Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the onion and cook until onion is soft and translucent, about 10 minutes.

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Step 2. Whisk in flour and combine until a paste is formed. Pour in milk slowly and continue to whisk for another minute.

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Step 3. Stir in mustard, garlic, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, & red pepper flakes (if using). Simmer for 2-3 minutes and remove from heat. Add ⅔ cup of cheddar cheese, ¼ cup of parmesan cheese, and stir until well incorporated.

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Step 4. Cook the pasta according to the package instructions, minus 3 minutes. About 2 minutes before pasta is ready to be drained, add the broccoli florets and cook in pasta for remaining 2  minutes.

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Step 5. Drain pasta and broccoli (but reserve 3 Tablespoons of pasta water to whisk into onion/milk mixture) and transfer into large baking dish.

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Step 6. After adding reserved pasta water to sauce, pour sauce over pasta & broccoli, and stir. In a small bowl, mix together the breadcrumbs along with the remaining cheddar and Parmesan cheese. Sprinkle mixture on top of pasta and cover with foil.

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Step 7. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove foil and bake for an additional 10 minutes, until the top is golden brown and cheese is melted. Step 8. Garnish with parsley, if using. Serve immediately.

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SERVE  AND  ENJOY!