Sprout and cheese pasta bake

Cheesy sprout pasta bake

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Prep: 5 mins Cook: 45 mins


Serves 4

Make this cheesy sprout pasta bake for a filling family supper. Our easy veggie recipe makes for a tasty twist on a standard macaroni cheese

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal734
  • fat33g
  • saturates18g
  • carbs76g
  • sugars9g
  • fibre8g
  • protein30g
  • salt1.4g


  • 200g Brussels sprouts, halved
    Brussels sprouts

    Brussels sprouts

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  • 1 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

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  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
    Balsamic vinegar

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    True Balsamic vinegar is an artisan product from Modena, in Emilia Romagna, Italy, and is made…

  • 350g penne pasta
  • 2 tbsp butter



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

  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 3 tbsp plain flour
  • 500ml milk



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

  • 2 tsp wholegrain mustard
  • 200g mature cheddar, grated
  • green salad leaves, to serve (optional)


  1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Toss the sprouts in the oil and vinegar, then tip into a roasting tin. Bake for 10-15 mins, tossing again halfway through.

  2. Meanwhile, cook the pasta until it has a slight bite (around two minutes less than pack instructions), then drain and set aside.

  3. Heat the butter in a pan. Add the garlic and our and cook for 1-2 mins. Gradually add the milk until the mixture is smooth, then simmer for 5 mins until thick.

  4. Remove from the heat and add the mustard and most of the cheese, reserving one handful for the topping. Season well and stir. Add the pasta, then tip the mixture into a large baking dish. Top with the roasted sprouts and reserved cheese and bake for 20 mins until the cheese topping is golden and bubbling. Serve with a green salad, if you like.

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30th Jan, 2020
As suggested by others, added chilli flakes to sauce as well as an extra 50g of cheese. Also added bacon lardons with extra clove of garlic to pasta before adding sauce and part roasted sprouts. We love sprouts as a family but must confess, after agreeing to try this dish as a cheap and easy midweek meal, I had my reservations. However, this dish did not disappoint and was surprisingly tasty, so much so that it has been requested again for next week.
19th Jan, 2020
'Twas a bit stodgy. Might be ok as an accompaniment but it was a bit much as a main dish
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23rd Dec, 2019
Tried this tonight and didn't like it. I'm a fan of sprouts and always looking for other ways to prepare them. They weren't cooked in the time so were still a bit hard, and they tasted overly of vinegar. The pasta with mustardy white sauce was nice enough, but my white sauce never comes together in 5 minutes like recipes state. I added a pinch of chilli flakes to liven it up.
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