Cheesy broccoli pasta bake

Cheesy broccoli pasta bake

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(66 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 20 mins

Easy

Serves 4
Whip up this cheap, simple and satisfying meal in just 30 minutes

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal539
  • fat21g
  • saturates12g
  • carbs67g
  • sugars7g
  • fibre5g
  • protein25g
  • salt1.01g
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Ingredients

  • 280g penne
  • 280g broccoli, cut into florets

    Broccoli

    brok-o-lee

    Like cabbage and cauliflower, broccoli is a brassica and is sometimes known by its Italian name…

  • 25g butter

    Butter

    butt-err

    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 25g plain flour
  • 300ml milk

    Milk

    mill-k

    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a complete food. While cow…

  • 1 tbsp wholegrain mustard
  • 140g mature cheddar, grated

Method

  1. Cook the pasta, adding the broccoli for the final 4-5 mins and cooking until tender. Drain well, then heat the grill.

  2. Heat the butter in a saucepan and stir in the flour. Cook for 1 min, then gradually add the milk, stirring well between each addition. Bring to the boil, stirring, then simmer for 2 mins, before stirring in the mustard, half the cheese and seasoning.

  3. Mix the pasta and broccoli into the sauce and spoon into an ovenproof dish. Scatter over the remaining cheese and place under a hot grill for 3-4 mins until golden and bubbling.

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Comments (61)

nicrsmith's picture

Found this easy to do but boring to eat! Didn't have much flavour and was suprised that it's had so many good reviews.

sozzer99's picture
4

simple but effective, good student food or for those in need of something quick and/or easy

sarah5098's picture
5

Delicious!!! A new favourite! I added ham for my carnivorous partner. The cheese sauce was really easy.

melaniesunflower's picture
4

quite a good, storecupboard standby, used brocoli and tuna. could definatly do with a bit more seasoning, but not bad all in.

sonya_l's picture

Just made this for lunch as i felt like something different. VERY tasty - did need a bit of seasoning in the sauce though.

clairebrodie's picture
5

forgot to rate it

clairebrodie's picture
5

Made this dish for all the family, always find it hard to make something everyone likes. This went down a treat i added some chicken into it which was very nice.

colec1's picture
5

Great recipe, but I found it required a lot of seasoning as the sauce seemed a little tasteless. Great standby to have in the freezer.

carlparrett's picture

A very nice meal, quick and easy to prepare and cook, served up with some garlic bread very nice indeed.

teencooky's picture

Very Delicious although i would use way less lemon. The lemon almost over powers the whole dish also i added salmon to the dish and it was fabulous

violenceinbustop's picture

Added more cheese. Very fatty and satisfying. Big win.

dollyagrawal's picture
4

Lovely pasta bake. I doubled the cheese sauce, added some carrots, sweetcorn, tabasco sauce and a little chilli powder.

There is much scope for variation on the vegetables.

saxo30's picture
4

Just made this for my veggie housemate and it went down very well indeed! I added a little chopped parsley to make the sauce a bit more interesting.

magickat's picture
5

his was so quick and easy to make and is delicious. There was lots and I will be taking it to work for lunch. Can't wait for my housemate to try it too.

deb007's picture

I fry 4 slices of bacon, chopped, before I cooked the sauce and it is a big hit in this household.

happydays95's picture
4

Oh forgot to add... instead of "faffing" around with the flour, butter, milk thing, put it all into a small pan and continue to stir, whisking at the end, the sauce turns out the same.

happydays95's picture
4

How quick is this..... just the recipe to cook after a busy day, perfect! I used runner beans from the garden instead of broccoli, added some chopped sauteed onions and it was a winner.Just the right portions for 2 hearty eaters.

tinydancer's picture
4

I found this really tasty, for very little ingredients or effort.

emksteele's picture
5

This recipe yielded great results with very little input. Recipe serves two generously- easy to double for larger servings.

krystynacooks's picture
4

I think its a great time saver to cook Broccoli florets with the pasta in the last few minutes of cooking BUT I find 3 minutes was more than enough. I also tweaked this recipe by frying ONE chopped onion.. ONE chopped Zuchinni (Courgette) & also 3 crushed Garlic cloves.. till transparent , then I added them in step 3 for a bit of variation It tasted SUPER GREAT so I did not bother putting it under the grill with the sauce INSTEAD of making a white sauce I JUST added 1 cup of pouring cream.. 1 cup chicken stock & 1/2 cup grated PARMESAN CHEESE I mixed it in to the pasta along with the other ingredientsI NO IT WAS NOT TOO MUCH LIQUID THIS IS SOOO EASY

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