Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Baked Broccoli Penne


This recipe caught my attention because the prep seemed to be SUPER easy. Mix all ingredients together and pour into a baking dish...you can't get much easier than that!

I was slightly unsure how the pasta would cook in this recipe. Part way through the bake time, I took a peek. So happy that I did because I realized that not all of the pasta was fully submerged in liquid and it was not cooking evenly. To avoid crunchy, uncooked pieces of pasta, I quickly stirred up the mixture before placing it back in the oven. Really not much of an inconvenience at all. 

The kids all liked this pasta. I thought it was ok. I was a little underwhelmed by the flavor. If I'm going to splurge on pasta, I want it to be delicious. This missed the mark for me. However, because it is so simple and easy to throw together, I could see the kids taking over kitchen one night and making this for themselves for dinner. 

Substitutions/Additions made by Cooking After Class for Baked Broccoli Penne:

  • followed directions as written

Tips from Cooking After Class for making Baked Broccoli Penne:

  • this recipe needed a full 45 minutes in the oven
  • stir part way through the cooking time to make sure all noodles get cooked through
  • if I make it again, I'd double the broccoli for some more veggies

RECIPE: Baked Broccoli Penne

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Effort: Easy

Time: 1 hour

Kids Comments: Good... it was real pasta

Make it Again: Maybe, don't always have that much time to make a meal. Easy enough for the kids to make so maybe they'll make it for dinner one night :)

all ingredients ready to go

mix everything together in one bowl

pour into casserole dish and sprinkle cheese on top

dinner is done