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Bacon, Broccoli and Cheddar Pasta Bake


Bacon, Broccoli and Cheddar Pasta Bake
For those of you who follow me on Twitter (@jamandcream) or are regular blog readers, you will know that I make pasta bakes A LOT (mainly as a vehicle for getting rid of leftovers) and on rainy Autumn days like today they bring much needed comfort and warmth. My pasta bakes are always cheesy (the cheesier the better in my opinion) and are usually made with Davidstow Cheddar (I particularly love their Cornish Crackler) which is produced just down the road from us here in North Cornwall.

Bacon and broccoli are a lovely combination and the pasta adds some bulk to fill up hungry tummies (although you could quite easily omit the pasta if you preferred and add in another head of broccoli). All of these ingredients are stirred into a classic cheese sauce, before being placed in the oven for that golden topping. As a twist, I added 1 TSP of Frenchs Smooth and Spicy Mustard (a product I had been sent to try out in my cooking) to the sauce to pep it up a little bit - it was a fab addition!
Bacon, Broccoli and Cheddar Pasta Bake

TOP TIPS FOR MAKING THE BACON, BROCCOLI AND CHEDDAR PASTA BAKE

  • Add other veggies such as sweetcorn and peas.
  • Vary the cheese by using crumbled blue cheese instead of the cheddar.
  • The pasta bake can be frozen (before it's baked in the oven). Just take it out of the freezer and defrost and follow the instructions for the oven.

OTHER PASTA RECIPES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Bacon, Broccoli and Cheddar Pasta Bake

BACON, BROCCOLI AND CHEDDAR PASTA BAKE


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Bacon, Broccoli and Cheddar Pasta Bake

prep time: 15 MINScook time: 15 MINStotal time: 30 mins
A cheesy pasta bake recipe using bacon and broccoli

ingredients:


  • 1 head of Broccoli, cut into florets
  • 250g Pasta
  • 4 rashers Smoked Bacon, chopped
  • 50g Butter
  • 50g Plain Flour
  • 600ml Milk
  • 1 TSP Mustard
  • 250g Extra Mature Cheddar, grated
  • Handful of Parmesan, grated

instructions:


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°c (160°fan).
  2. Bring a pan of water to the boil and cook the pasta and broccoli. Drain and set aside.
  3. In another pan, melt the butter and fry the bacon for a few minutes until cooked. Stir in the flour and cook for 2 minutes. Gradually add the milk and stir until the sauce thickens.
  4. Take the sauce off the heat and add the cheddar and mustard before stirring through the pasta and broccoli. Place in an ovenproof dish and bake for 15 minutes until golden


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  1. I really enjoy a good pasta bake, especially in this comfort food weather.

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  2. Am drooling! You can't beat a good pasta bake!

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  3. This looks great, I haven't had pasta bake in ages and I've got some broccoli hanging around...

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  4. Yummy - I could deffo go for this - without the bacon of course. I love cheesy pasta bakes, but the kids aren't as keen, so I tend to go for tomato based ones instead, but still keep cooking cheesy pasta in the hope that they might eat it!

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  5. I love pasta bakes! This one sounds so tasty aswell!

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  6. Looks delicious!

    Pasta bake is possibly my favourite thing ever. Pasta was my favourite, but then I discovered covering it in cheese and baking it in the oven. Yum yum yum.

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  7. Your pasta bakes always make me so hungry and leave me asking myself why I don't make more of them!

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