Macaroni and cheese with broccolini

This was my first experience cooking with broccolini! The following recipe is a close adaptation of a recipe from The Garden Grazer: http://www.thegardengrazer.com/2012/11/mac-n-cheese-with-broccoli.html

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Ingredients:
pasta of your choice
1-2 bunches of broccolini
3 tablespoons butter
½ onion, finely chopped
minced garlic (We used about 5 tiny cloves.)
3 tablespoons flour
2 ½ cups milk
1 teaspoon dry mustard
2 cups shredded cheddar
salt and pepper

Pasta:
Cook and drain the pasta as directed on the box. We used shells! Set aside.

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Broccolini:
Rinse the broccolini and chop into bite-sized pieces, including the thin, tender stems. Fill a pot with about one inch of water and bring it to a boil. Once boiling, throw in the broccolini, cover, and reduce heat to medium. Leave for 5 minutes, then drain and set aside.

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Cheese sauce:
Melt the butter in a pot over medium heat. Add the garlic and onion and cook for 4-5 minutes, stirring frequently. Turn the heat to low, then add the flour. Stir this mixture continuously for 1-2 minutes to avoid burning. Then stir in the milk and dry mustard and return the heat to medium. Let this cook, stirring occasionally, for 5-7 minutes, until the mixture becomes creamier and thickened. Add in the cheese and stir until the mixture is smooth and all of the cheese is melted.

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Finally, stir in the pasta and broccolini and season with salt and pepper!

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