Italian broccoli & salmon bake

Italian broccoli & salmon bake

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Cooking time

Prep: 25 mins - 35 mins Cook: 30 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 4

Take a fresh look at broccoli with this creamy pasta bake

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
817
protein
49g
carbs
64g
fat
42g
saturates
18g
fibre
5g
sugar
0g
salt
1.3g

Ingredients

  • 250g penne
  • 300g broccoli, cut into large florets
  • 25g butter
  • 25g plain flour
  • 600ml milk
  • 100g mascarpone
  • 8 sundried tomatoes (preserved in olive oil), drained and thickly sliced
  • 2 tbsp small capers (optional) rinsed to remove excess salt or vinegar
  • 8 anchovy fillets, halved (optional)
  • 10 large fresh basil leaves, roughly torn
  • 4 fresh skinless salmon fillets
  • 50g mature cheddar, finely grated

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Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 190C/gas 5/fan 170C and get out an ovenproof dish (measuring 20 by 30cm, and about 5cm deep). Meanwhile, put a large pan of water on to boil for the pasta. When it is boiling rapidly, tip in the pasta with a generous sprinkling of salt. Give it a stir, return to the boil and cook for 6 minutes. Add the broccoli, then return the water to the boil and cook for 4 minutes more, until the broccoli is on the firm side of just tender. Drain well.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, put the butter, flour and milk in a large pan and heat, whisking or stirring continuously, until it thickens to make a smooth sauce. Remove from the heat and stir in the mascarpone, sun-dried tomatoes, capers (if using), anchovies (if using) and basil, then add the pasta and broccoli and season well.
  3. Halve the salmon fillets widthways (you will see that there is an obvious divide on each fillet) then place the pieces in a single layer on the base of the ovenproof dish. Spoon the broccoli mixture on top, then scatter with the grated cheddar. (You can chill this for up to 4 hours if you want to get ahead.)
  4. Bake for 30 minutes until the mixture is just starting to bubble round the edges and the mixture is pale golden – don’t let it go too dark or the fish will overcook.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, February 2003

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Frantic Flapjack's picture
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I made this exactly to the recipe and it's certainly not bland. This was one of the tastiest pasta dishes I have made and lovely with the addition of the salmon. The only thing I would do differently next time is to cut the anchovies and sun dried tomatoes up into much smaller pieces for better texture. This one is a keeper.

kilmory's picture
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Forgot to rate it.

kilmory's picture
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We had this last night, it was fabulous and partner scored it 10+. I didn't have any mascarpone so used reduced fat cream cheese and made the white sauce with sauce flour and no butter to reduce the overall fat content. The anchovies, sun dried tomatoes and capers worked really well. I mixed the cheddar cheese with wholemeal bread crumbs to cover the top more thickly as I don't like dried-out pasta.

annlamont's picture
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Absolutely lovely would make again.

fuji115's picture
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Really, really really nice! I didn't skip any of the ingredients. The result was fantastic. My one year old loved it as well! Worth cooking for dinner with friends. Lots of "m-m-m-m-m" is guaruanteed!

falseflags's picture
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Really delicious. I used sundried tomato pesto (and quite a lot of it) instead of the sun dried tomatoes themselves and left out the capers and anchovies as my housemate isn't a fan. It worked really well. Shall definitely be making this again.

kazzo123's picture
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Made this tonight, had a tin of tinned salmon in the cupboard and thought I would give it a try with that. Perfect results the husband said it was like going to a restaurant so must have been good. Thanks for the recipe will be a favourite.

davidwoo's picture
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Really easy to prepare and tastes great, will become a regular at the table i think.

bluemeanie's picture

Pasta bakes are easy and this is about as good as one gets. I added a tomato tapenade to the sauce for extra flavour. Those complaining that they wouldn't serve it up for a dinner party should feel ashamed that that they would serve pasta bake at a dinner party in the first place.

moss2009's picture

Made this for some friends and their children, so I left out the Capers and Anchovies - big mistake - it was very bland without so will try again with the capers and anchovies. Looked very impressive and the kids liked it, but all the adults agreed it needed the capers and anchovies

mlc1965's picture
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Really good, even my 6 year old loved it, and anchovies and capers are not normally her thing!

lesley1142's picture
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Made it for the 2nd time in a week. First time I stuck to the exact recipe but next time added more flavour in the form of roast pepper pesto, garlic and extra sundried tomatoes (with a little bit of their oil). It was so moreish!! Goes down a treat with the whole family. My fav pasta bake.

jonesre's picture
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So easy and really tasty!

laracook1's picture
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I sometimes add red pesto to the white sauce too!

laracook1's picture
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This is a great base for a pasta bake, but it needs much more flavour! Before I add the anchovies and sun-dried toms etc to the white sauce, I fry them first with diced sweet red pepper, garlic and chilli. Instead of marscapone, (waste of money to use this- the flavour isn't strong enough)I use garlic and herb cream cheese, and I also grate parmesan into it as well. I sometimes add mushrooms too. With these adjusments it makes a wonderful meal! It is often requested in my house!

schnarftastic's picture
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Quick and easy to make and tastes really good - great dish to prepare if you haev friends coming over for dinner! Big hit with my 2 year old as well as husband.

schnarftastic's picture
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Very quick and easy to make - and very tasty. Great dish to serve for friends. A big hit with my 2 year old and husband.

vrog's picture
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Cooked minus capers and basil, plus parmesan to serve. Would add pepper to the sauce next time. Great comfort supper!

sistermoonrain's picture
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I made a big mess in the kitchen making the sauce! Thought I had some sun dried tomatoes..but didn't , so, added some cherry tomatoes and some sundried tomato and caper pesto type spread instead. I did think at one point that it wouldnt work..however I was wrong . wonderful :)

rubyfitz's picture
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Quick and easy to make also used the parmesan, garlic and mixed herbs, very very nice

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