Cheesy Basic Broccoli Bake

Great comfort food (if you like cheese) while still containing  enough vegetables to keep me happy. Not much to this at all, but perfect on a cold winter’s night.

(serves 4)

Pasta: cook 225g of penne as per the packet instructions. About 5 minutes before it’s ready, add 1 large head of broccoli, cut into florets, and 1 large onion, chopped.

For the cheese sauce

500ml milk
25g butter
2 tbsp flour
Salt, pepper, pinch rosemary (optional)
1 tsp wholegrain mustard
175g cheddar cheese, grated

  1. Melt the butter in the microwave
  2. Add the flour and mix well
  3. Bring the milk to the boil, either in a milk pan or by heating it in the microwave – let it boil for a few seconds.
  4. Pour the milk onto the flour/butter mix, whisking it. Season it.
  5. Put everything in the microwave for 30s, whisk more until no lumps, repeat as necessary.
  6. Add the mustard and half of the grated cheese; stir until smooth

Put it all together

  1. Drain the pasta and veg and put in an appropriate receptacle (gratin dish or roasting tin I’d say)
  2. Pour the cheese sauce over and top with more grated cheese.
  3. Bake at 200oC for about 15 minutes

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