• Recipe and styling by Nomvuselelo Mncube

    Photograph by Dylan Swart

    Three-cheese broccoli pasta

    Serves: 4 – 6
    Total Time: 40 mins


    • PASTA

    • 700g broccoli
    • 30g salted butter
    • 500g penne pasta, cooked according to packaging instructions
    • 150g sun-dried tomatoes
    • SAUCE

    • 60g salted butter
    • 125ml (½ cup) fresh cream
    • 100g Cheddar
    • 100g mozzarella
    • 50g Gouda
    • 1 garlic clove, peeled and crushed
    • 4½ tsp dried mixed herbs
    • salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
    • 2 handfuls fresh basil leaves, chopped + extra, to garnish



    For the pasta, blanch the broccoli in a pot of boiling salted water until bright green, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat, drain and set aside. Melt the 30g butter in a large frying pan placed over medium heat. Add the broccoli and fry until cooked, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside until needed.


    For the sauce, place the 60g butter, fresh cream, Cheddar, mozzarella and Gouda in a large saucepan. Cook over medium heat until the butter and cheese have melted, whisking continuously. Add the garlic, dried mixed herbs and seasoning. Whisk until well incorporated. Remove from heat, add the cooked pasta, sun-dried tomatoes and broccoli. Toss until coated evenly, then fold in the chopped basil.


    Serve immediately, garnished with fresh basil.

    Imka Webb

    Imka Webb is a freelance digital marketing expert and the digital editor of Food & Home Entertaining magazine.  www.imkawebb.com