Cheesy broccoli pasta bake

Cheesy broccoli pasta bake

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(109 ratings)

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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5th Mar, 2019
I’d probably add more cheese next time! However, nice recipe, kids had seconds and I rather enjoyed it, I even ate my broccoli :-)
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3rd Mar, 2019
Great dish;will make definitely make again!
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Michelle Mathes
20th Feb, 2019
Recipe says to add seasoning .. anything specific?
5th Mar, 2019
I’d say just salt & pepper, however much you prefer.
1st Feb, 2019
Perfect! Followed the recipe exactly, very easy and quick and it was yummy, proper comfort food. Second time I added a few teaspoons of green pesto and some cooked Quorn chicken to the dish at the end, which gave it a very luxurious twist, Will make again
16th Jan, 2019
A tasty, quick and easy supper. I added some button mushrooms cooked in the butter before making the cheese sauce, steamed the broccoli on top of the pasta, and added some blue cheese left over from Christmas, then I popped the whole thing in the oven on 200C for 15 mins. Yum!
9th Sep, 2018
I made this as an experiment with vegan cheese to see how it cooks. It works fine but the flavour is not as strong as mature cheddar would be so I was pleased that there was plenty of mustard added. Having used soya milk in the sauce, this became a vegan meal without any trouble.
30th Mar, 2018
This was tasty! I added a tin of tuna, a little extra cheese and reduced the mustard by about a third as my children aren't too keen on an overly mustardy taste. Everyone in the family enjoyed it. I think I will add some more veg next time.
8th May, 2017
My kids absolutely love this recipe and demand it once a week. Also super quick to cook.
Dot Cotton
11th Jan, 2017
Made this for a family dinner in which I had one veggie attending. It was very tasty but doesn't benefit from sitting around. I had it made about 1 hour before they arrived &then reheated. However the pasta sucked up all the sauce which left the dish quite dry. Next time I'll time it to be ready once they arrive.


20th Oct, 2014
Can I use frozen broccoli?
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7th Nov, 2014
Hi there thanks for your question, yes you can use frozen broccoli here, but the dish can't be frozen afterwards.
24th Jan, 2014
Can I freeze this
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29th Jan, 2014
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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