Cheddary Spirals with Broccoli

Cheddary Spirals with Broccoli

Cheddary Spirals with Broccoli

Cheddary Spirals with Broccoli

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes


This stovetop dish can be easily adapted to use what you have on hand; the basic recipe can be used in any number of unique combinations. Substitute any pasta for fusilli, any vegetable or vegetable mix for broccoli, add chicken, or experiment with various cheeses. Omit the lemon juice if your combination of vegetables and cheese doesn’t work well with the citrus flavor, and adjust the cooking time of the pasta and vegetables as needed.



  • 16 oz. fusilli pasta
  • 4 cups frozen broccoli florets
  • 3 Tbsp. butter
  • 3 Tbsp. flour
  • 3 cups vegetable or chicken broth, divided
  • 1 tsp. garlic salt
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice (approx. the juice of 1/2 lemon)
  • 3 cups shredded cheddar cheese plus more for garnish


Add pasta to a large stock pot of boiling water on the stove. Cook for 5 minutes. Add broccoli and cooke for an additional 5 minutes. Drain in colander. While pasta and broccoli are draining, put the stock pot back on the heat and cook off any excess water in the pan. Add butter and melt but do not brown. Add flour and stir with a whisk over medium heat for 1 minute. Add 1 cup of broth and combine well with whisk until mixture starts to thicken. Add another cup of broth and whisk until smooth. Add remaining broth and cook and stir over medium heat until heated through and even consistency.

Stir in garlic salt, salt, pepper, and lemon juice. Add cheese a cup at a time, stirring to integrate into broth mixture. Heat and stir occasionally over medium heat for about 10 minutes as cheese melts. A whisk will help the mixture conform to an even consistency.  Gently fold in pasta and broccoli until well coated in cheese sauce. Serve garnished with shredded cheddar cheese.

  • Method: Stovetop

Keywords: cheddary spirals with broccoli, stovetop recipe, use what you have, use up leftovers, broccoli, cheddar cheese

Cheddary Spirals with Broccoli

More “use what you have” recipes:

About Mary Ann

Mary Ann Kelley has been creating meal plans online for over 15 years, first as part of TheHomeSchoolMom's cooking resources for busy moms and later on Menus4Moms, which has been highlighted by "Diner's Journal," The New York Times' Blog on Dining Out, and PBS Parents' "Kitchen Explorer."

Mary Ann loves cooking and she loves planning/organizing, so meal planning is a natural intersection of the two. She believes her mission for the meal plans is being fulfilled when visitors let her know that she has helped them save time and money by teaching them to plan ahead and become more efficient in the kitchen.

When Mary Ann is not cooking or publishing, she enjoys reading, researching genealogy, and traveling.

Share Your Thoughts


Disclaimer & Disclosure Opinions expressed by contributing authors, commenters and reviewers are solely the responsibility and opinion of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of contains outbound links to websites offering resources related to cooking or the home. may be offered compensation for these links, either in the form of commissions or flat advertising fees. [ Read more ]