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Cheesy broccoli pasta bake

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Looking for a simple, family-friendly meal? It doesn't get any easier than our Cheesy broccoli pasta bake recipe. All you need is 30 minutes to make this warming midweek dinner. Topped with a crunchy breadcrumb mix, it delivers maximum flavour.

  • Serves6
  • Cook time15 minutes
  • Prep time15 minutes


  • Melted butter, to brush
  • ¼ cup (20g) panko breadcrumbs
  • ¼ cup (25g) walnuts, toasted, finely chopped
  • 20g butter, melted, extra
  • ½ cup (40g) finely grated parmesan, divided
  • 300g fusilli pasta
  • 1 large broccoli, separated into small florets (about 280g)
  • 2 cups (240g) grated tasty cheddar
  • 250g ricotta

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  1. Step 1

    Position a grill rack about 12cm from heat source and preheat grill. Brush the inside of a 7-cup (1.75L) baking dish with the butter. In a small bowl, mix the breadcrumbs, walnuts, extra butter and half the parmesan.
  2. Step 2

    In a large saucepan of boiling water, cook the pasta following packet directions or until al dente, adding the broccoli for the last 2 mins of cooking. Drain the pasta mixture, reserving 2/3 cup (160ml) of the cooking liquid.
  3. Step 3

    Return the pasta mixture to the pan with the cheddar and remaining parmesan, stirring until the cheese melts. In a medium bowl, whisk the ricotta with 1/3 cup (80ml) of the reserved cooking liquid. Add ricotta mixture to the pasta mixture in the pan and stir until well combined and saucy. Stir in the remaining cooking liquid, a little at the time, to loosen the sauce if necessary.
  4. Step 4

    Transfer the pasta mixture to the prepared baking dish and sprinkle with the breadcrumb mixture. Cook under the grill for 2-3 mins or until the breadcrumb mixture is golden brown. Serve immediately.