Cheesy Broccoli Rigatoni

Cheesy Broccoli Rigatoni

12 ounces uncooked rigatoni or large tube pasta
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup butter, cubed
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
2-1/2 cups milk
5 cups fresh broccoli florets
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese, divided

Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, saute garlic in butter over medium heat for 2 minutes.

Stir in flour and salt until blended. Gradually add milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat; set aside. Drain pasta and toss with oil; set aside.

Add 1 in. of water to a large saucepan; add broccoli. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 4-5 minutes or until crisp-tender. Drain and rinse with cold water.

In a 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray, layer 1 cup white sauce, half of the pasta and broccoli and 1/2 cup cheese.

Repeat layers. Top with remaining sauce and cheese. Cover and bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until heated through.