Crusty pasta & broccoli bake

Crusty pasta & broccoli bake

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(78 ratings)

Ready in 20 mins


Serves 4

Super-fast veggie dish, on the table in 20 minutes

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal652
  • fat25g
  • saturates11g
  • carbs88g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre5g
  • protein24g
  • salt1.98g
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  • 400g penne or macaroni
  • 1 red onion, roughly chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 250g head broccoli, stalks chopped and florets halved



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

  • 1 vegetable stock cube
  • 1 tsp French or German mustard



    A condiment made by mixing the ground seeds of the mustard plant with a combination of…

  • 200g pot half fat crème fraîche
  • 100g grated mature gruyère or cheddar



    Gruyère is an undoubted pinnacle of traditional Swiss cheese-making, a culinary masterpiece as…

  • small handful parsley leaves, chopped



    One of the most ubiquitous herbs in British cookery, parsley is also popular in European and…

  • 4 tbsp fresh white breadcrumbs (or put 1 slice crustless white bread through a food processor)
  • ½ tsp dried mixed herbs or thyme


  1. Boil the pasta, onion and broccoli stalks in plenty of lightly salted boiling water for about 7 mins, then add the florets and cook for another 3 mins. Reserve about 400ml of the water, then drain the pasta and vegetables.

  2. Return the reserved water to the pan and dissolve the stock cube, whisk in the mustard and crème fraîche, then season to taste. Bring to the boil. Stir in the drained pasta, vegetables and half the cheese, mixing until melted. Stir in the parsley.

  3. Heat the grill for 3 mins. Tip the pasta and vegetables into a shallow, ovenproof dish. Mix together the remaining cheese, breadcrumbs and herbs, then scatter on top.

  4. Stand the dish on the base of a grill pan and grill for about 3 mins, turning if it starts to brown. Keep watching so the top doesn’t start to burn or the cheese will toughen. Remove and leave to stand for 5 mins before serving.

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16th Jul, 2010
Nice - though thought sauce was a little liquid.
4th Jun, 2010
Really yummy, although did feel like something was missing. Next time I'm going to use more broccoli and use Lancashire rather than Chedder.
7th Oct, 2009
The dish turned out exactly as described in the recipe. No gloopy sauch at the bottom of the dish. My 5-year-old daughter loved it. In fact, she overate, which is rather rare. :-) It was a bit bland for me, though. I will add more veggies, herbs, cheese and less pasta next time.
7th Oct, 2009
The dish turned out exactly as described in then recipe. No gloopy sauce at the bottom of the dish. Next time I will use more veggies, herbs and cheese, because it was a bit too bland for my taste. My 5-year-old daughter loved it, though. In fact, she overate, which is rather rare. :-)
22nd Sep, 2009
This was pretty nice, but the creme fraiche and stock sauce is a bit thin, and just lacked *something*. Next time I will use a little less of the pasta water (or the whole tub of creme fraiche!) and more Gruyere or a stronger cheese.
26th Aug, 2009
This was delicious!!! It's rare that we weould indulge in veggie food but this really was tasty. I usde mexican cheese to give a little kick and enjoyed it very much.
25th Mar, 2009
I´ve just finished eating this and it was beautiful!! I didn´t have any creme fraiche so I used cream cheese instead... of course it just added to the cheesy creaminess!!! Definitely recommended!!
3rd Mar, 2009
Thanks for above advice. I added some bacon bits and fried the onion with it first and also put in oven for 20 mins - a really lovely creamy sauce (I just put in the whole tub - think it was 300g). Def make again.
24th Feb, 2009
This smelled lovely while I was cooking it, was edible but not great, dogs had over half of it, I won't be making this again, first recipe off this site that hasn't been a winner
13th Nov, 2008
This was really nice when it had just been cooked but dried out a lot in the fridge and wasn't great reheated.


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