Aired January 14, 2011
4 cups broccolini florets, chopped broccoli rabe or broccoli florets
1 pound whole wheat penne, twists or elbows or brown rice pasta
2 tablespoons EVOO Extra Virgin Olive Oil
3 tablespoons butter
2 shallots, very finely chopped
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 small Fresno chili pepper or red cherry pepper, seeded and very finely chopped
3 tablespoons flour
2 1/2 cups whole milk
1 1/2 cups shredded yellow sharp cheddar cheese
1 cup shredded aged Gouda cheese
1 cup Parmigiano-Reggaino cheese, freshly shredded
A few sprigs fresh thyme, finely chopped
Bring a few inches of water to a boil. Salt water and parboil broccoli, rabe or broccolini 4-5 minutes. Drain and cold shock, then dry on kitchen towels.
Bring a large pot of water to a boil for the pasta and undercook the pasta by about 2 minutes. Preheat oven to 425F.
Heat a saucepot over medium heat with EVOO and butter. Saut shallots, garlic and chilies 2-3 minutes then add flour and stir 1 minute. Whisk in milk and season sauce with salt and pepper, melt in cheddar and Gouda.
Combine pasta with broccoli, broccolini or rabe and the sauce, and transfer to a baking dish. Top with Parm cheese, sprinkle with fresh thyme and bake until brown and bubbly.