Broccoli Pasta Bake


Ingredients (for 2ppl):

Main Ingredients:

  • 1 large piece of broccoli (350g)
  • 15g Pine nuts
  • 5g ground almonds
  • 15g grated Parmesan cheese
  • 10g basil leaves
  • 2.5 tbsp olive oil
  • A pinch of salt
  • 150g pancetta
  • 2 mozzarella balls​
  • 200g of pasta


  • Pyrex
  • Saucepan
  • Steamer
  • Food processor


The Pesto (10min):

  1. Boil kettle
  2. Cut broccoli into small florets
  3. Boil 3/4 of the broccoli (5 minutes)
  4. Scoop out the broccoli and dunk in a bowl with ice water for a few seconds, then remove - KEEP the broccoli flavoured cooking water with a lid on
  5. Blend (in order for food processor) the cooked broccoli with the basil leaves, oil, pine nuts, ground almonds, parmesan and a pinch of salt

Cooking (30mins):

  1. Turn oven to 200°
  2. Steam the remaining 1/4 of broccoli (5 min)
  3. At the same time, cook the pasta in the broccoli water as per instructions minus 2 minutes (roughly 8 mins)
  4. 3 minutes into steaming the brocolli add the pancetta to a frying pan with no oil and stir (2 mins)
  5. Add the steamed broccoli, the pesto and 2 ladles of pasta water to the frying pan and stir
  6. Drain pasta, add to sauce for a minute and then layer with mozzarella in a pyrex and into the oven (20 mins)