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Broccoli pasta bake

Broccoli pasta bake

A baked pasta casserole with broccoli and mozzarella. A simple and filling dish that is easy to make and very tasty.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword baked pasta, broccoli pasta, pasta casserole
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 611 kcal
Author Eva | Electric Blue Food


For the broccoli mash

  • 350 g fresh broccoli
  • 100 ml water
  • 50 g butter
  • 1 tbsp creme fraiche
  • 30 g Parmigiano

For the pasta bake

  • 350 g pasta (fusilli or girandole recommended)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 250 g mozzarella
  • 70 g Parmigiano
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Set a pot of water to boil. When the water boils, add salt and the pasta. Check the suggested cooking time on the pasta package and cook the pasta for half of that time. This is very important in order to prevent the noodles from overcooking. When the pasta is done - halfway through normal cooking time - drain and run the cooked pasta under cold water to quickly bring it to room temperature. Season with olive oil and set aside.

  2. Clean and cut the broccoli into thin slices, florets and stem altogether. The thinner the slices, the quicker it will cook. Add the sliced broccoli, butter and 100 ml water to a pot and set on high heat. Keep covered and stir occasionally in order to distribute the melting butter all around. When the water reaches boiling temperature, lower the heat and keep steaming the broccoli with the lid on for a few more minutes. Remove the broccoli from the heat when tender but still bright green.

  3. Transfer steamed broccoli to a tall container and add the creme fraiche and the parmigiano. Blend with a hand blender until smooth. The parmigiano should give some flavour to this mash, but add salt and pepper to taste if desired.

  4. Combine the cooked pasta, broccoli purée and diced mozzarella and give it all a good stir to ensure all the pasta gets nicely coated in broccoli purée. Transfer to a casserole dish and sprinkle remaining Parmigiano on the top.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes at 200°C with the broil setting.

Recipe Notes

Girandole (the pasta used in this post) have a very short cooking time, so using this type of pasta for this recipe means a pretty short time. If using fusilli, farfalle or any other kind of pasta, the preparation of the noodles may take a bit longer. Still it is very important to cook the pasta for half of the suggested time and always rinse it with cold water to quickly lower its temperature and stop the cooking.

The nutritional information provided is only an estimate.

Nutrition Facts
Broccoli pasta bake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 611 Calories from Fat 351
% Daily Value*
Fat 39g60%
Saturated Fat 20g125%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 95mg32%
Sodium 915mg40%
Potassium 393mg11%
Carbohydrates 35g12%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 31g62%
Vitamin A 1494IU30%
Vitamin C 78mg95%
Calcium 666mg67%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.