I discovered that heating cottage cheese with a stronger cheese is a really quick and simple way to make cheese sauce. I only add the cream to thin the sauce down a little.
At the same time, put the pasta into the boiling water. Depending on the cooking time of your pasta, cook the broccoli separately for 3 minutes so they are both ready at the same time. Drain the pasta and broccoli. If you want the sauce to be thinner you can mix in a little of the cooking water from the broccoli – it gives it a bit more flavour too. Mix the bacon into the cheese sauce and pour over the broccoli and the pasta.
The elegant leaves of the broccoli almost act as spoons to catch the cheese sauce. It was a warming, hearty filling way to make best of this vegetable. If you have any cheese sauce left it’s great for dunking crusty bread.