From BBC Good Food
OK, I’ll admit it. I’ve never really seen the point of a pasta bake. You’ve cooked the pasta, veg & sauce – why bother dirtying another dish by putting it in the oven. But the toddler isn’t keen on sauce on her pasta, so I wondered if this would be a good way to get her to eat it? The baby (10m who will eat anything) & I tried it out.
I halved the following recipe & it was a perfect amount for the two of us. The baby eyed the cheesy pasta very suspciously to begin with, but soon realised she liked it! I liked it too, but can’t help but think how long it’s going to take me to scrape that cheese sauce off the dish!
- 280g penne
- 280g broccoli , cut into florets
- 25g butter
- 25g plain flour
- 300ml milk
- 1 tbsp wholegrain mustard
- 140g mature cheddar , grated
- Cook the pasta & broccoli (the broccoli needs to be only just cooked or it will go all mushy when you mix it in the sauce)
- Drain well, then heat the grill.
- 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.
- 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.
Swiss-style macaroni cauliflower cheese Simply swap the penne for macaroni, the broccoli for cauliflower and the cheddar for Gruyère, and cook as before.