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Broccoli, sweetcorn and bacon macaroni

Serves 4 Takes 30 mins to cook Takes  20 mins to prepare 1 5 a day portions


125g dried macaroni

200g broccoli florets

1 tbsp olive oil

1 onion, finely chopped

4 bacon medallions, cut into pieces

1 tbsp plain flour

150g light cream cheese

200ml semi-skimmed milk

198g tin sweetcorn, drained

25g medium Cheddar, finely grated

20g fresh breadcrumbs

¼ x 28g pack fresh parsley, finely chopped

8 round lettuce leaves

100g cherry tomatoes, quartered 


  1. Preheat the grill to high.
  2. Cook the macaroni following pack instructions, adding in the broccoli for the last 3 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large frying pan and cook the onion for 5 minutes, until golden. Add the bacon and cook for a further 5 minutes.
  4. Stir in the flour, then add the soft cheese, milk, sweetcorn, the cooked pasta and broccoli.
  5. Cook gently for 2-3 minutes.
  6. Season with freshly ground black pepper and pour the mixture into a 1-litre ovenproof dish.
  7. Mix together the Cheddar, breadcrumbs and parsley, and sprinkle evenly over the macaroni.
  8. Cook under the grill for 5 minutes, until golden and bubbling.

Serve with the lettuce and tomatoes.

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