Cheesy broccoli pasta bake

Cheesy broccoli pasta bake

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(75 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

    Broccoli

    brok-o-lee

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

  • 25g butter
    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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Dot Cotton
11th Jan, 2017
3.8
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.
elleme
6th Dec, 2016
5.05
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
29th Sep, 2016
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
8th Feb, 2016
3.8
So delicious!!!! Very easy and fast. I have added some chicken breast and green pesto as well and tasted great!
lingpea
18th Nov, 2014
3.8
Really easy and quick, pretty tasty but next time I think I'll add some chicken.
lemonmelts
7th Nov, 2014
5.05
Ideal comfort food that is easy to make after a hard day in the office. Love the mustardy, cheesy sauce!
emzypops86
15th Aug, 2014
5.05
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 :)
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Davechef2014
12th Aug, 2014
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
3rd Jun, 2014
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
11th Feb, 2014
i love this recipe! really quick and easy to make! i like to add mushrooms, red pepper and tomato to mine!

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TallyJane1983
20th Oct, 2014
Can I use frozen broccoli?
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goodfoodteam
7th Nov, 2014
Hi there thanks for your question, yes you can use frozen broccoli here, but the dish can't be frozen afterwards.
clairebrodie
24th Jan, 2014
5.05
Can I freeze this
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goodfoodteam
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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