For David’s birthday this past weekend, I guess he was feeling the need to return to his childhood. When I asked him what he wanted to make for dinner, we started out saying something simple would be good, and then somehow it morphed into the adult version of mac and cheese and hotdogs (all thanks to David, WHO, by the way, has informed me that I do not give him enough credit on my blog when it comes to the kitchen and how much he helps out, so now you know, this is not the Kristin show, David likes to cook as well, I will try to include him more) Anywho, full credit for this meal idea goes to him, I just tried to help him out so he didn’t have to cook his WHOLE birthday meal alone! So, like I said, this meal morphed from this:
into this delicious, wonderful, three cheese rotini with brats and broccoli, which was really top notch and much more adult looking than the above option.
So, heres the scoop on what you need to make this meal happen!
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 3 tablespoons flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon ground black or white pepper
- 1 1/2 cups milk
- 2 cups grated sharp Cheddar or smoky flavor Cheddar cheese (we used cheddar, mozzarella, and munster)
- a box of rotini pasta
- one package of johnsonville brats
- sautéed broccoli
So we cooked the broccoli and brats separately and then cut them up into bite size pieces to mix into the cheese sauce later.
Also, boil the noodles, so they are ready when the cheese sauce is done, which will take about 10 or 15 minutes to make!
Melt butter; remove from heat. Stir in flour and seasonings. Gradually add milk, stirring until well mixed. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until thickened and smooth.
Cook for 5 minutes longer, then , add cheese. Stir until smooth and well blended.
Once the cheese is done, add the broccoli and the brats and mix well so that they are well coated.
Once the noodles are done, return them to the pot and pour the cheese sauce over it and fold in until pasta is well coated, then serve and enjoy!
This meal was relatively simple, even though the cheese sauce was homemade, its still only took about 30 minutes in all to throw everything together, and it was that good hearty soul food, with a little upgrade, which made it even better, definitely give it a try, its sure to be a hit! Happy cooking!