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Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Pasta Bake

This is one casserole I make that Todd doesn't mind eating pasta in. Probably because it is off-set by plenty of broccoli, chicken and cheese!  And of course there is that tasty sauce!
This is a bit different than most chicken and broccoli casseroles out there in that you are not going to be using sour cream, mayonnaise or creamed soup.  Everything here is totally un-processed and I might add very yummy!
I use whole wheat pasta because I am a type 2 Diabetic and whole wheat pasta is more diabetic friendly and considered a healthy carb, or low GI.
I also tend to use low fat cheese and milk in this. There are plenty of other flavours going on that you won't miss the full fat versions of anything.  Trust me on this.
But of course, if you are not bothered about fat, calories or glucose, by all means use full fat ingredients and regular pasta!
Myself, I am rather fond of it just the way it is.  I quite like whole wheat pasta.

The sauce is very simple . . .  a simple bechamel, cream type of sauce, flavoured with garlic and Dijon mustard.  There are also some herbs, seasoning and of course cheese.  Don't be tempted to use the already grated cheese.  They add a starch to it to keep it from sticking together and you won't get the same velvet  texture to your sauce. I always grate my own for just this reason. This time I did use a mix of white and orange cheddars, mostly for colour.
*Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Pasta Bake*Serves 6 Printable Recipe  
 Cooked chicken along with whole wheat pasta, and our favourite vegetable, broccoli, bake together in a delicious cheesy sauce!  
 500g whole wheat pasta shapes (1 pound)two chicken breasts, cooked and coarsely torn up2 cups broccoli florets2 TBS butter3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced2 TBS flour450ml milk ( 2 cups)salt and black pepper to taste1 TBS Dijon mustard1/2 tsp paprika1 tsp Italian herbs1 tsp dry parsley flakes245g grated strong cheddar cheese, divided

Preheated the oven to 180*C/350*F/ gas mark 4.  Butter a large shallow casserole dish.  Set aside. 

Cook the pasta according to the package directions to al Dente, adding the broccoli florets the last two minutes of cooking time. Drain well and rinse. Toss together with the  chicken in a bowl. 

Melt the butter in a saucepan.  Add the garlic and cook stirring over medium low heat without browning until quite fragrant.  Whisk in the flour and Dijon mustard.  Slowly whisk in the milk.  Cook, whisking constantly until the mixture bubbles and thickens.  Whisk in the paprika, parsley flakes and Italian herbs.  Stir in 3/4 of the cheese and stir to melt. Season to taste with salt and black pepper.  Pour this mixture over the broccoli and chicken, tossing together to coat.  Pour into the prepared baking dish and scatter the remaining che...