Latin-Spiced Cheddar Shells
with black beans / broccoli
This week we're bringing back a super simple classic - cheesy pasta shells with Latin-inspired spices and broccoli. This recipe was previously featured in 2020.
Smarts: Boiling the pasta and the broccoli together saves time and dishes - just be sure to only add the broccoli at the end of cooking so it doesn't overcook.
- Onions, medium - 1, chopped
- Garlic - 2 cloves, chopped
- Broccoli - 1 lb, chopped
- Cheese, cheddar - 5 oz, grated
- Chili powder - 1/2 tsp
- Coriander, ground - 1/2 tsp
- Cumin - 1/2 tsp
- Milk, any type - 1 cup
- Mustard, Dijon - 2 tsp
- Nutmeg (opt) - 1/4 tsp
- Salt - 1/2 tsp
- Flour, all-purpose - 2 Tbsp
- Beans, black (14 oz / 397 g) - 1 can, drained and rinsed
- Pasta, uncooked shells - 8 oz (sub any small pasta shape)
- Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
Make spice mix - Combine chili powder, ground coriander, and cumin. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
Make sauce base - Mix garlic with milk, mustard, nutmeg, salt, and flour.
Beans - Drain and rinse.
Bring a large stock pot (stock pot should accommodate pasta and broccoli) of water to boil. Salt generously and add pasta. Cook until al dente, tender but not soggy. Add broccoli in the last 1 1/2 minutes of cooking.
When pasta is done, reserve 1 cup / 235 ml (for 4 servings; adjust if customizing) of pasta water and drain pasta and broccoli.
Heat a saute pan over medium heat. Add oil and then onions to heated oil. Saute until onions are tender, 2 to 3 minutes.
Add beans and spice mix and continue to saute until spices are fragrant.
Pour sauce base over beans. Whisk sauce base and, once it starts to thicken, add in pasta and broccoli.
If the sauce is too thick, pour in some of your reserved pasta water. Keep on adding the pasta water until you get the consistency you want.
Remove pan from heat and stir in cheese until melted.
Season pasta with some salt and pepper. Enjoy!
Probably doubled the amount of cheese but we all enjoyed it. Would make it again1 Helpful
I made this for a dinner party and all 13 guests enjoyed it. Very easy in two big pots.0 Helpful
Hard not to love mac and cheese0 Helpful
Every one loved this. No leftovers! Doubled the spices - otherwise made following the recipe.0 Helpful
Super easy and tasty. Kids loved it, this was a nice easy Mac and cheese. I may add some different cheeses next time. Will make again0 Helpful
Easy to throw together. Mine was a little thick because I forgot to save the pasta water, of course. Looking forward to the leftovers.0 Helpful
Maybe it was because I did not have high expectations and did not expect to like this at all, but I found it very delicious and extremely in a category of a comfort food. Thoroughly enjoyed every bite and I'm looking forward to the leftovers.0 Helpful