Broccoli Bake

This recipe features in these meal plans: Hearty Suppers, Veggie Winter Warmers.

Tender broccoli baked in a mild cheese sauce with a crunchy topping.


  • 50g of cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 small head of broccoli, cut into small florets
  • 60g of croutons
  • 150ml of milk
  • 1/2 tsp English mustard
  • 1 tbsp plain white flour
  • 1 tsp margarine/butter
  • Serves: 1
  • Course: Main Course
  • Preparation time: 5 mins
  • Cooking time: 20 mins
  • Oven temp: 180c
  • Price per person: £1.62
  • Store cupboard: Basic
  • Calories per serving: 733
  • 5-a-day per serving: 2.5
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  1. Preheat the oven. Cook the broccoli in lightly salted boiling water for 5 minutes or until tender. Drain and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, to prepare the topping carefully crush half of the croutons. Mix with the remaining whole croutons and one third of the grated cheese and set aside.
  3. To make the cheese sauce, melt the margarine/butter in a large saucepan. Stir in the flour and cook over a medium heat for 1 minute. Turn down the heat and add only as much milk as the mixture can absorb to make a slightly smoother paste. Work the paste to a smooth and glossy consistency before adding a little more milk. Repeat until the paste has a creamy consistency. Gradually stir in the remaining milk. Turn up the heat and simmer, stirring constantly, until the sauce develops a thicker consistency.
  4. Stir in the mustard and the remaining two thirds of the cheese. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  5. Spoon the broccoli into an ovenproof dish and pour over the sauce. Add the crunchy topping and bake for 10 minutes or until golden.

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