Broccoli and Pasta Gratin with Crunchy Almond Topping

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This dish is something between Mac and Cheese and Broccoli Gratin. It’s lighter than the first, richer than the second and absolutely delicious. I’m a real fan of Mac and Cheese but who needs all that fat if you can get away with half of it. This is not exactly “light”, but it does contain far less cheese than your average Mac and Cheese. Plus the addition of such a nutritious and tasty veggie like broccoli, makes me momentarily forget about all the calories. The topping is really the wow factor. Every bite is deliciously creamy but also crunchy and aromatic with the subtle taste of almonds and a hint of lemon.  Continue reading