Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Recipe: Cheesy Penne and Broccoli Bake

So this is just a basic and cheap family meal, thats easy to make,filling and also a good way of getting kids (or my fussy sixteen year old brother....) to eat their greens. It ain't exactly fine dining but anything big and covered in cheese keeps my family happy. I serve this with dressed salad or green peas.

Cheesy penne and broccoli bake (serves 4) 80p per serving

280g dried penne
280g broccoli, cut into florets
40g butter
40g plain flour
500-600ml semi-skimmed milk
½ tsp white pepper
150g cheddar, grated
1 tbsp wholegrain mustard

1. Cook the penne according to packet instructions. 5 minutes before end of cooking time, add the broccoli.
2. Meanwhile, make the white sauce (like you would normally) with all the other ingredients, and half the cheese.
3. Drain the pasta and broccoli, pour the white sauce over and mix well. Pour into a baking dish, top with the rest of the cheese and put under a hot grill until nice and gratinated.


  1. GRATINATED????? Is that a cheffy word cos it aint a real one

  2. Yup, its a cheffy word i guess, maybe an american term but im not sure?

    Well what i mean by gratinated is when the cheese goes all brownish and grilled on top.

  3. If you are a chef why put crappy stuff like this on your blog? A five year old could do better.

  4. Food does not have to be gourmet, nouvelle cuisine, or cheffy in order to be delicious. Just because a recipe is easy to make (which in some cases is useful) and simple, surely its focus should be the flavour? And if the flavour of the dish is good then it is worth cooking and worth eating.

  5. Hilary, what a wonderfully constructed comment.

    The kind of pernicious, braindead toss one might expect from someone too cowardly to expose their profile to the outside world.

    Ignore the idiots Mel; It may not be to everyone's taste, but what the hell!

    Keep up the good work.