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 a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 25g plain flour
  • 300ml milk



    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a 'complete' food…

  • 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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26th May, 2020
I made it and it was pretty good. Definitely use mature cheddar or it will be bland. If you’re not going to put cheese on top and grill, put some more cheese in the sauce.
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Miranda Lee
1st May, 2020
Could be better with more detailed instructions on the seasoning, as it turned out rather bland. But other than that everything is there to make a professional style bake
22nd Apr, 2020
A delicious base recipe that can easily be 5* with some tweaks or additions. I added cooked chicken and mushrooms, swapped half the broccoli for cauliflower, and used more cheese (because more cheese is always better). I will experiment with some of the other suggestions in the comments when cooking again.
25th Sep, 2019
Used up some broccoli hanging about in the fridge but overall was a bit bland.
24th Jun, 2019
This was easy to make and ok but wasn't very tasty so probably wouldn't make it again
24th Apr, 2019
I only had a tiny bit of cheddar in the house, so I used Parmesan and it was still nice
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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 :-)
Anne2003's picture
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?
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Terri Ramadan
11th Jul, 2019
If a recipe says add seasoning generally they are referring to salt and pepper unless stated otherwise.


Marijana Becirevic
8th Jul, 2019
Can this be refrigerated?
goodfoodteam's picture
11th Jul, 2019
Thanks for your question. Yes, you can refrigerate leftovers and reheat them in the microwave. The golden topping will soften but it'll still taste great.
20th Oct, 2014
Can I use frozen broccoli?
goodfoodteam's picture
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
goodfoodteam's picture
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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Jessica Lipani
8th Apr, 2020
It was a filling recipe, defo needed a bit more flavour so I added some salt and pepper and a bit more mustard and it came out great.
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Miranda Lee
1st May, 2020
I second this - more salt needed, would be helpful if recipe specified how much
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