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Hello!

Sorry, it’s been a while. Things have been hectic in the house, plenty of pre-Chrimbo orders to keep me busy, and as a result, blog posts have been mildly thin on the ground. However, I’m making the time now, to share this tasty little number….

CreamyCheesy Broccoli Pasta Bake

You will need:

1) Enough pasta for four, dependent on how greedy you all are, ha ha!

2) 1 broccoli, chopped into small florets.

3) 100g spinach leaves.

4) 1 onion, peeled and thinly chopped.

5) 2 garlic cloves, peeled and thinly chopped.

6) olive oil ( to fry onions)

7) Around 300g cheese. Such as cheddar.

8) 700ml semi skimmed milk.

9) 50g butter

10) 50g plain flour.

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How to make it:

1) Preheat the oven to 200c, then get a large saucepan of water on to boil. Pop the pasta in and cook according to packet instructions. Time it so that you can add the broccolli five minutes before the end.

2) Meanwhile, heat a tbsp or so of olive oil in a frying pan and fry the onions and garlic gently until soft.

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3) Next on the agenda is the cheese sauce. For those of you who know how to make a cheese sauce; crack on. For those who don’t, a basic lesson: Firstly, melt the butter in a saucepan. Then stir in the flour, scraping it all from the sides, until it forms a thick paste. Straight away, start adding milk, bit by bit, whisking the whole time to stop it going lumpy. Bring to the boil, then take down to a simmer, then finally add 200g of the grated cheese.

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4) Mix everything together and pop it into an oven proof dish. Sprinkle over with the remaining cheese and stick in the oven for around 20 minutes.

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5) Serve immediately, on its own or with a side salad.

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Total Cost? Pasta was a cheapie from approvedfood.co.uk (25p a bag, bargain!) so the grand total was around £3.00. 75p a head, and plenty left over for tomorrow’s lunch!

The Verdict? Went down relatively well! The dish was mellow enough for kids, predictably, my two picked out the ‘green bits’ but accidentally got a few nibbles of the smaller bits of broccoli that hid undetected in the pasta! For adults, add a bit of salt and pepper to season.

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