Broccoli Alfredo

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1 package frozen broccoli crowns (or fresh broccoli)

1 stick butter

8 ounces heavy whipping cream

1 8-ounce block of cream cheese

2 cups Italian cheese (recommend 

six-cheese blend)

2 tablespoons minced garlic

Salt and pepper to taste

16 ounces cooked pasta (recommend penne)


Melt butter in saucepan over medium-low heat. Once melted, add whipping cream, salt and pepper. Stir these together, and let simmer for about five minutes.

Next, add cheese, garlic and cream cheese. Stir ingredients together until heated through.

Finally, add cooked broccoli and your cooked pasta. 


This recipe was submitted by Jaden Karr, the director of music at Our Lady of the Lakes Parish in Lake Milton and North Jackson.


A reflection from Sister Carolyn Capuano, H.M., pastoral associate at St. Michael the Archangel Parish

Lent is over, “fat is flavor,” “a little goes a long way.” Do those thoughts come to mind as you read this recipe? Balanced with grilled chicken or fish and a fresh salad, this tempting and tasty dish calls to mind wonderful Sunday dinners or other special occasion meals. It is perfect for those who don’t like or can’t eat tomato-based sauces. It can also tempt broccoli haters to give that nutritious, vibrant green vegetable another try.

Such a rich dish reminds us of family celebrations when we gather to savor one another’s company as much as the food, when each guest contributes something (usually a favorite food or a specialty that is often identified with them) and everyone has at least a small portion, and many happy memories are recalled with gratitude and joy. Celebratory foods are meant to be enjoyed in moderation minus calorie counts. Only in our land of abundance would anyone make a steady diet of such a lavish dish.

April is a great month for such celebrations. We are in Easter time, the weather is turning warmer, spring is in full bloom, the time of fasting is over and those who “hibernated” during winter become more active. So relish each forkful, mindfully taste each delicious bite, and then head outside with loved ones for a walk in God’s greening springtime. Yum!

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