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Cheese and broccoli pasta puff.

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Thought some of you may like to try this recipe. I always serve it with a mixed salad. Although there is one not keen on cheese, one not keen on broccoli and another not keen on pasta, they all, including the youngest, really like it and there is never any left….

Prep time10 mins / cooking time 40mins
50g/1 ¾ oz butter plus extra for greasing.
225g/8oz mini pasta shapes
175g/6oz small broccoli florets
50g/1 3/4 oz plain flour
450ml/16fl oz semi skimmed milk
1tbsp wholegrain mustard
100g/3 ½ oz mature Cheddar, grated
3 eggs separated
Bunch of spring onions, chopped
Salt and pepper
1) Preheat oven to 200c/400f/gas6
2) Cook broccoli and pasta together in boiling water for5-7 mins until just tender. Drain and set aside.
3) Melt the butter in a large pan then add the flour and cook, stirring for 1 minute. Gradually add the milk, beating constantly to make a thick smooth sauce. Bring to the boil, then stir in the mustard and season to taste. Simmer gently, stirringfor 2-3 mins, then stir in 75g/2 3/4oz cheese and set aside for 5 mins to cool.
4) Add the pasta, broccoli florets, egg yolks and chopped spring onions to the cheese sauce and mix well. In a clean grease free bowl whisk the egg whites until stiff, then carefully fold into the pasta mixture.
5) Spoon the mixture into a greased 1.2lt/2pint heatproof dish and sprinkle over the remaining cheese. Bake for 20-25 mins until the topping is puffed and golden brown.

For fan ovens, cook from cold at 180c for 30 mins.
You could change the broccoli for cauliflower or any seasonal veg if you wanted.

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Going to give this a go with cauliflower instead of broccoli HB. Thanks for posting!

31 May, 2012

 

Putting this on to my Favourites, Hb, looks and sounds delicious ... :o)

31 May, 2012

 

that looks really lovely, nice comforting food ~ and healthy too!!

i shall definitely give that a go ~ thank you for putting it on here

31 May, 2012

 

Thanks girls, hope you enjoy it as much as my family do.

31 May, 2012

 

me too!

31 May, 2012

 

Its a bit likea souffle recipe, I'd not dreamed of adding pasta.....thanks for sharing, a great addition for veggie night

31 May, 2012

 

bit like macaroni cheese with broccoli but lighter???

31 May, 2012

 

Yes Sticki, thats what it looks like......need to find out what it tastes like too.....

31 May, 2012

 

:-)

31 May, 2012

 

Sounds delicious. Thanks Hb. Gone into favourites. My kind of meal. I guessed Sticki would be onto that !

31 May, 2012

 

With the pasta being small in size and shape unlike macaroni it is like a saucy souffle with a bit of body, or a puffy topped quiche with pasta and no pastry, or....we could go on......lol

31 May, 2012

 

Or healthy eating, broccoli is supposed to be really good for you

31 May, 2012

 

;-)) cinderella!!!

31 May, 2012

 

Love you really !!!??? :-)))

31 May, 2012

 

i just like food cinderella!!! i dont mind at all!!!

31 May, 2012

 

So do I Sticki. So do I.

31 May, 2012

 

I even work in a shop that sells food [lots of it!!!]

31 May, 2012

 

I don't know if it's the change in the weather but I have felt hungry all day and I have had 3 meals and some chocky bics already and it's only just gone 5. Still, dinner in an hour or so.

31 May, 2012

 

and what will you have for supper after that???!!!!

31 May, 2012

 

Cereal if I cant find anything else.......

31 May, 2012

 

good plan!! i like that too! and i like it with pouring yoghurt ~ cos i dont like milk.

31 May, 2012

 

Never tried that Sticki. I will get some next time I do a shop and give it a try. I love yoghurt.

31 May, 2012

 

its just yoghurt in a carton, bit like a tall milk carton, they do plain and vanilla [never tried the vanilla] i think its made by activia?? and its think enough to pour but not watery.

31 May, 2012

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