Cheesy broccoli pasta bake

Cheesy broccoli pasta bake

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 20 mins


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



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

  • 25g butter



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

  • 25g plain flour
  • 300ml milk



    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


  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 (63)

jasminebro's picture

Like Tilly, I used the Delia one step white sauce method, putting the butter, flour and milk cold into the pan, and then whisking as it cooks for six minutes.

Also I added some dolcelatte to the top with the grated cheese before grilling, and I think this gave it that extra something. And used wholemeal pasta which made it feel a bit healthier, and gave it a slightly rougher texture.

All in all, turned out a lot better than I'd imagined when I saw the recipe.

preethi17's picture

this was awesome. I added some mushroom , and my husband loved it

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

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

sarah5098's picture

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

melaniesunflower's picture

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

forgot to rate it

clairebrodie's picture

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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