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Broccolini Walnut Au Gratin

Prep Time: 20 Mins
Cook Time: 25 Mins
Total Time: 45 Mins



  • Olive oil cooking spray
  • 8 ounces shredded sharp or extra sharp Cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped California walnuts
  • 1/4 cup finely crushed croutons


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup minced red onion
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup chicken broth
  • Garlic salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1 1/2 pounds broccoli, cut into 1-inch spears
  • California walnuts, chopped and toasted (garnish)



  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a small baking sheet with foil and coat liberally with cooking spray.
  2. In a small bowl stir together 1/2 cup cheese, walnuts and croutons. Spread evenly on baking sheet. Bake 15 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool.


  1. In a medium saucepan melt butter over medium heat. Add onion and cook for 5 minutes. Add flour and cook 1 more minute. Slowly stir in milk and broth, cooking until smooth. Reduce heat to low and add cheese a small handful at a time, cooking just until melted. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Steam or boil broccoli until tender and drain well. Transfer to 9-inch casserole dish and top with cheese sauce. Crumble topping over broccoli. Sprinkle with additional walnuts, if desired.

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