Broccoli and bacon bake

1 of your 5 a day

  • Preparation time: 5 minutes
  • Cooking time: 15 minutes
  • Total time: 20 minutes 20 minutes

Serves: 4


250g essential Waitrose Penne
250g pack essential Waitrose Smoked Streaky British Bacon
400g essential Waitrose Broccoli
2 tbsp olive oil
½ tsp cumin seeds, crushed
a pinch of cayenne pepper
2 cloves of garlic, chopped
250g pack essential Waitrose Mature Grated Cheddar


1. Cook the pasta in boiling water for 8 minutes. Drain with a slotted spoon to a colander. Meanwhile, cut the bacon into 1cm pieces. Then cut the broccoli into florets and the stalks into small pieces. Add the broccoli to the water and cook for 4-5 minutes until tender.

2. Drain well and tip into a shallow ovenproof dish. Heat a frying pan and dry-fry the bacon pieces for 5 minutes until it begins to crisp. Scatter over the broccoli. Heat the olive oil in the frying pan with the cumin seeds, cayenne pepper and garlic.

3. Spoon the mixture over the bacon and tip the pasta on top. Sprinkle with half of the cheese and cook under a preheated grill until cheese is melting and beginning to brown.