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Broccoli Cheddar Orzo Bake

SERVES: 8 PREP: 15 minutes TOTAL TIME: 55 minutes
Broccoli Cheddar Orzo Bake

Broccoli Cheddar Orzo Bake

SERVES: 8 PREP: 15 minutes TOTAL TIME: 55 minutes

A one-pot meal that brings the flavors of broccoli cheddar soup to comforting baked pasta.

This recipe wasn't originally meant to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, but since drinking beer and eating green stuff is how people tend to celebrate in the USA, this beer-infused broccoli pasta bake will check off both boxes. Think of it like broccoli cheddar soup in baked pasta form. The broccoli provides the green, and a small amount of beer adds richness without really tasting like beer—it's almost like taking your favorite pub beer cheese dip and coating teeny tiny rice-like orzo pasta in it. The best part? This one-pot, super cheesy dish can be eaten any time of year, not just on leprechaun-favorite holidays.

  • 3 tablespoons butter, plus more for greasing the casserole dish

  • 1 lb. box orzo pasta 

  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil

  • 1 ½ cups lager or pilsner beer

  • 1 ½ cups whole milk

  • 3 tablespoons flour

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 3 ½ cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese

  • 1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt, plus more to taste

  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 2 cups small broccoli florets

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