(Recipe) Creamy Rigatoni with Broccoli and Brie

Pasta is one of the great comfort foods of all time. Add cheese and it’s magic.

If you want to switch it up a little from the usual macaroni and cheese, try this. Broccoli adds a lot of nutrition and color. Brie cheese and pine nuts amp it up to be good enough for company.

If you or your kids haven’t tried brie cheese, it’s very creamy and pretty mild.

And don’t let the white rind scare you. It’s a harmless fungus, put there to keep the cheese safe to eat. It even adds flavor. But if you don’t like it, just cut it off.

Variations to try:

  • Use whole-grain pasta to add fiber and nutrients.
  • Gluten sensitive? Try pastas made with rice, quinoa, corn or other gluten-free flours.
  • Chopped walnuts are a great substitute if pine nuts are hard to find or too expensive.
  • Serve with a side salad.

Recipe: Creamy Rigatoni with Broccoli and Brie

Serves 8

1 pound dried rigatoni or other pasta
1 head broccoli, florets and stalks cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1/2 cup (2 ounces) pine nuts, toasted
8 ounces Brie (with rind), cut into 1-inch pieces
¾ teaspoon kosher salt
½ teaspoon pepper


  1. Steam the broccoli and set aside, keeping warm.
  2. Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Drain and return the pasta to the pot.
  3. Add the broccoli, pine nuts, brie, salt and pepper. Stir until the cheese melts.
  4. Divide among individual bowls and serve.


Nutritional Information
Per serving:
Calories 366
Total fat 14 g
Saturated fat 5 g
Cholesterol 28 mg
Carbohydrate 46 g
Protein 16 g
Fiber 4 g
Sodium 412 mg


Recipe credit: Modified from Real Simple

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Heather Klug, MEd RD is a registered dietitian and cardiac educator at the Karen Yontz Women's Cardiac Awareness Center inside Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center in Milwaukee, WI.

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