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)

elleme's picture

Turned out nicely, tasty and quick. I made a few additions with a few chopped up cherry tomatoes stirred into the white sauce just before adding the pasta/broccoli and I also added a few chopped walnuts and breadcrumbs to the cheese that was going on top for a bit more textural variation. I'd make it that way again.

bikerbell's picture

Very nice. I reduced the pasta and broccoli as I was only serving 2 but kept the quantity of sauce, also added crispy pancetta lardons which worked really well.
I would make this again.

panaceum's picture

So delicious!!!! Very easy and fast. I have added some chicken breast and green pesto as well and tasted great!

lingpea's picture

Really easy and quick, pretty tasty but next time I think I'll add some chicken.

lemonmelts's picture

Ideal comfort food that is easy to make after a hard day in the office. Love the mustardy, cheesy sauce!

emzypops86's picture

this was a hit for me and my kids. great recipe and can use anything veg wise that kids eat. but i quite liked the simplicity and speed of this recipe. A family meal for us :)

Davechef2014's picture

Amazing taste. Not only did i prepare this dish for my family, i added it to my menu as an optional vegitarian dish. Highly recomend.

sparkles321's picture

Great quick and easy recipe for family weekly meal. I added peas and tuna with the broccoli and some thyme and sage seasoning. My toddler and I found the 1 tbsp of wholegrain mustard slightly overpowering though, so will just half it next time. :)

ambercox94's picture

i love this recipe! really quick and easy to make! i like to add mushrooms, red pepper and tomato to mine!

minibear's picture

This was really tasty! It was my fist time making a white sauce and I thought I was going to mess it up as it looked all lumpy but when I added the cheese, it blended beautifully. I used Dijon mustard instead of whole grain, semi-skimmed milk and reduced fat mature cheddar. Will definitely be making this again, might try with cauliflower next time or a mixture of broccoli and cauliflower. Try this, you'll love it. Easy, quick, cheap and delicious!

CookingQueen87's picture

Really yummy dish, added some red onions to one lot, and asparagus to another. Both came out really well, great comfort food. I've also made one lot simply as pasta with a sauce, and it was still delicious, just needed to make the sauce a little thicker.

anggrrr's picture

Really easy base recipe. I used pasta twists, spring greens and low fat cheese plus a tablespoon of parmesan and dijon mustard rather than wholegrain. It was still great :)

ruthykins22's picture

This was a lovely mid-week meal for the whole family! I added some garlic salt to the pasta whilst boiling for extra flavour, and added drained tuna to the sauce before pouring..extra hidden nutrition for the children!
A very well explained recipe and easy to make. Will definitley be making again.

imfeelingmad's picture

Great recipe, really easy to do and turned out just like the photo! i added peas and more cheese to the sauce. i agree the sauce definitely needs some seasoning. added some bacon lardons as well which went really well with everything. big thumbs up!

eoinrice's picture

A really good recipe, I don't have a grill so just made the sauce then mixed it in with the cooked penne and broccoli, is very tasty and moreish. Looking forward to having this again mmmm.

petraoliver's picture

This is the easiest and best meal ever. I add cauliflower as well and use any type of pasta.
For another twist, add bacon bits as well.
Yum yum

bambi_mj85's picture

Really enjoyed this pasta, will def make again but maybe add abit of roast left over chicken. Full tummys all round

roblister's picture

Worked out very well. I sautéed a small finely chopped onion and added some diced lean bacon to the mix. Make a nice quick lunchtime meal for two. I halved the ingredients.

oly1986's picture

Really yummy comfort food! I added sauteed onions and some chicken breast and was amazing

zimzimma's picture

Cheap and quick to make! It's easy to adapt with different ingredients too.


Questions (4)

TallyJane1983's picture

Can I use frozen broccoli?

goodfoodteam's picture
Hi there thanks for your question, yes you can use frozen broccoli here, but the dish can't be frozen afterwards.
clairebrodie's picture

Can I freeze this

goodfoodteam's picture

Hi there, thanks for your question. For best results, we wouldn't recommend freezing this recipe. Thanks, 

BBC Good Food team

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