Cheesy Penne and Broccoli Bake

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Introduction: Cheesy Penne and Broccoli Bake

A simple, comforting cheap family meal, that's easy to make,filling and also a good way of getting kids (or my fussy little brother....) to eat their greens! It's a great winter warmer and very quick easy to make. I usually serve this with mixed salad and cooked peas.

Cheesy penne and broccoli bake (serves 4)

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- melting butter, whisking in flour and then gradually adding milk, until thick) 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.

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Yum, yum, yum! Cheese, broccoli and pasta are a great combination :)