Crusty pasta & broccoli bake

Crusty pasta & broccoli bake

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Cooking time

Ready in 20 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 4

Super-fast veggie dish, on the table in 20 minutes

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Vegetarian
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
652
protein
24g
carbs
88g
fat
25g
saturates
11g
fibre
5g
sugar
0g
salt
1.98g

Ingredients

  • 400g penne or macaroni
  • 1 red onion, roughly chopped
  • 250g head broccoli, stalks chopped and florets halved
  • 1 vegetable stock cube
  • 1 tsp French or German mustard
  • 200g pot half fat crème fraîche
  • 100g grated mature Gruyère or cheddar
  • small handful parsley leaves, chopped
  • 4 tbsp fresh white breadcrumbs (or put 1 slice crustless white bread through a food processor)
  • ½ tsp dried mixed herbs or thyme

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Method

  1. Boil the pasta, onion and broccoli stalks in plenty of lightly salted boiling water for about 7 mins, then add the florets and cook for another 3 mins. Reserve about 400ml of the water, then drain the pasta and vegetables.
  2. Return the reserved water to the pan and dissolve the stock cube, whisk in the mustard and crème fraîche, then season to taste. Bring to the boil. Stir in the drained pasta, vegetables and half the cheese, mixing until melted. Stir in the parsley.
  3. Heat the grill for 3 mins. Tip the pasta and vegetables into a shallow, ovenproof dish. Mix together the remaining cheese, breadcrumbs and herbs, then scatter on top.
  4. Stand the dish on the base of a grill pan and grill for about 3 mins, turning if it starts to brown. Keep watching so the top doesn’t start to burn or the cheese will toughen. Remove and leave to stand for 5 mins before serving.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, May 2005

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tricia2008's picture
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This smelled lovely while I was cooking it, was edible but not great, dogs had over half of it, I won't be making this again, first recipe off this site that hasn't been a winner

caraclinch's picture
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This was really nice when it had just been cooked but dried out a lot in the fridge and wasn't great reheated.

amcoop's picture
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Simple to cook recipe that makes a wonderful dinner!! Freezes well, although I have to fight hubby for the leftovers! Cook this often.

hambyhugh's picture

Not bad! Although, next time I will use extra mature cheddar and english mustard to give it more of a kick.

sybbie's picture

Lovely recipe!My husband says it's the best one yet! and he loves meat! I added leftover ham last time

richmondicerink's picture

Could I use natural yogurt in place of half fat crème fraîche, i live near New Delhi but have not been able to find creme fraiche, (one of a few items I cannot find)!

charlottemcara's picture
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Great! I used brown pasta which is also good - healthier too! Veg was cooked to perfection - not too hard, not too soft!

lesley1142's picture
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Lovely recipe, I added mushrooms to it. I also baked it for 20 mins for an extra crispy taste. I used Cheddar as well and it was fine. I may change the pasta shapes, they were a little large for my 2 young kids to eat easily. Would make again, it's so easy and quick to prepare.

tinkle's picture
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Easy meal and delicious definately a keeper

crazyfox's picture
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My Daughter turned Her nose up when I was making this, but finished it all off!. I thought it was very nice. I'm not a veggie but do enjoy veggie recipes.

sligachan's picture
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a little more mustard for me and perhaps more creme! But a nice recipe I have cooked several times.

lizzafezza's picture
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I also baked this rather than grilling it.

notmum's picture
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I forgot to say I also used wholewheat penne, really nice!

notmum's picture
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This was delicious, I threw in a few roasted vegetables left over from the day before as well!I was really surprised that it tasted as good as it did and I baked it in the oven for twenty minutes rather than grilling, I liked the fact that the sauce was not thick and gloopy...I was worried it was going to be too thin and watery, but it came out perfect.

susannekaluza's picture
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Delicious! I used half and half broccoli and cauliflower, and even my meatloving father loved this!

jmilburn's picture
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Although I am not a vegetarian, I absolutely loved this dish. It was so simple to make and delicious to taste.

jeanathan's picture

This was delicious. Will definitely make it again. Like Charlie I think next time I will add more broccoli.

fred_kathcarter's picture
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I used cheddar and it was delicious

lastchance_'s picture

Simple dish went down a treat i think next time i will put more broccoli and less pasta very nice though

lindaclaire's picture
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Easy to make, and delicious! Went down well with the meat-eaters for a change... would make again, it's a crowd-pleaser served with salad.

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