Cheesy broccoli pasta bake

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


  1. 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)
  2. Drain well, then heat the grill.
  3. 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.
  4. Mix the pasta and broccoli into the sauce and spoon into an ovenproof dish. 
  5. 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.


Vegetarian. One husband, Two cats, Three kids.

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