Bruno Loubet offers a variation on pasta and meatballs, using the well matched ingredients to create an oozing bake with a healthy dose of broccoli. This kids recipe cannot fail to please little ones, its simple yet dynamic flavour is a pleasure on palates both young and old.

Method
1.
Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 4. Grease a large gratin dish with the butter and set aside until needed
2.
Place a large frying pan over a medium heat and add oil. Once hot, add the onion and garlic and cook until lightly coloured
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3.
Add the oregano, chopped tomatoes and pesto to the pan, leave to simmer for 5 minutes
4.
Meanwhile, cook the pasta in salted boiling water as per the packet instructions. Drain and set aside
5.
Mix all the meatball ingredients together with a large spoon. Shape into small balls
Room for a little one
Kids will really need to get stuck into this mix to make sure the ingredients are nicely blended. Let them use clean hands if the spoon isn’t doing the job
6.
Add the meatballs to the sauce, turn down the heat and simmer for 10 minutes
7.
Meanwhile, in a pot of boiling salted water, cook the broccoli for 2-4 minutes until slightly tender
8.
Remove with a slotted spoon and plunge into ice water - this will stop the cooking process. Drain and set aside
9.
Mix the meatballs and sauce in a large bowl with the drained pasta, broccoli and 3/4's of the Parmesan and cheddar
10.
Transfer the mix to a gratin dish and sprinkle the remaining cheese over the top
Room for a little one
The final sprinkling of the cheese should be left to your little helper. Don’t turn your back, though, or some of the cheese may end up in their mouths rather than the bake!
11.
Place in the oven for 15 minutes, or until the bake is piping hot and the top has a golden brown crust. Serve immediately
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Ingredients

Sauce

Meatballs

Pasta

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Nutrition (per Portion)

Calories

625
31%

Sugars

11g
12%

Fat

31g
44%

Saturates

9g
47%

Salt

1652mg
28%
of an adult's guideline daily amount
Bruno Loubet's sumptuous meatball pasta bake is an ideal dish for serving on a midweek evening, kids will adore its simplicity

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