Cheesy broccoli pasta bake

Cheesy broccoli pasta bake

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Cooking time

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 20 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 4

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

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Vegetarian
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
539
protein
25g
carbs
67g
fat
21g
saturates
12g
fibre
5g
sugar
7g
salt
1.01g

Ingredients

  • 280g penne
  • 280g broccoli, cut into florets
  • 25g butter
  • 25g plain flour
  • 300ml milk
  • 1 tbsp wholegrain mustard
  • 140g mature cheddar, grated

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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.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, March 2010

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melaniesunflower's picture
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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
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forgot to rate it

clairebrodie's picture
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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I found this really tasty, for very little ingredients or effort.

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

krystynacooks's picture
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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

ktg106's picture
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Wasn't sure about this at first, the butter, flour and milk started to look like a ball of dough! But when I added the cheese it all came together beautifully. Have passed recipe on to my boyfriend as an easy alternative to pasta, tuna & beans!

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