Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Cheesy Pasta with Cauliflower or Broccoli

Don't you just love Cauliflower and/or Broccoli and their endless versatality?  They are so yummy in so many dishes, but tonight I used cauliflower in a pasta dish with a simple cheese sauce!  Yummm!  Hearty enough for a meatless meal, but light enough for a side dish!

1 1/2 cups wide egg noodles (or pasta of your choice)
1 1/2 cups fresh cauliflower or broccoli florets
1 tsp. garlic salt
2 tsp. parsley flakes
1 tsp. course-ground black pepper (or to taste)
3/4-1 cup Velvetta cheese slices (or any soft cheese)
2-3 Tbls. butter
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

In large pan, bring water to a boil; add noodles and cook a few minutes, then add cauliflower or broccoli and cook until al dente; drain water.  Toss in butter and cheese, place pan over hot burner you used to cook the noodles (heat turned off); cover and let cheeses and butter melt; stir well.  Remove from burner and add garlic salt and parsley flakes; stir to combine.  Serve immediately.