Broccoli, Brie and Cherry Tomato Gratin

As I've been looking for some easy recipes this week and also thinking of a way to use up the rest of the Brie (aside from the bits I pinched when cooking.... oops!) I came across this recipe. I thought this seemed pretty simple, as well as a nice way to get in some veggies.

I did actually like this recipe and it was just what I needed, I think I would like to put some bacon bits into this as well for some extra flavour.


200 g broccoli florets
1/2 onion, chopped
2 tablespoons of oil
80 g Brie, cut into small cubes
Salt and Pepper
Approx 8 cherry tomatoes, cut in half
1 slice of gluten free bread, blitzed into crumbs
1 match box sized piece of cheese
2 garlic cloves

Bechamel Sauce:

20 g butter
20 g gluten free flour
300 ml milk
small handful of grated  cheese (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 180 C fan, 200 C
  2. Put the broccoli florets and onions into a baking dish, sprinkle with oil. Add the garlic cloves (skin on) and bake in the oven for approx 15 - 20 minutes.
  3. While the broccoli is cooking, add the butter to a pan on a medium heat. Add the flour, stir through and cook for a few minutes. Take off the heat, add the milk. Stir through to avoid any lumps, put back onto the heat and cook for about 5 minutes until the sauce starts to thicken. I added a small amount of grated cheese to the Bechamel sauce.
  4. Blitz the bread with the cheese.
  5. Take the broccoli out the oven, squeeze the garlic cloves and add to the broccoli mixture, discarding the skins. Add the Brie, cherry tomatoes and stir through. Sprinkle the crumb and cheese mixture on top of the broccoli, put back in the oven for approx 15 minutes.


Brie, Cherry Tomato and Basil Tagliatelle

I decided this week I would try out gluten free Tagliatelle in the fresh section of Asda. The pasta cooks in 3 minutes, so thought it would be a good for a quick after work meal.

The pasta in my opinion was quite nice, it really did just take 3 minutes to cook and with the Brie, Cherry Tomatoes and Basil it tasted really fresh. My idea of a good summer meal without too much fuss.

Serves 1


100 g Tagliatelle
1 handful of cherry tomatoes, chopped in half
Approx 80 g of Brie, chopped into cubes
1 teaspoon of dried basil (you can use fresh if you have it)
Small glug of oil
1/2 teaspoon of garlic granules
Salt and Pepper


  1. Cook the pasta according to the instructions on the packet, add some salt into the water. Drain the pasta, keeping a little of the water from the pasta and tip back into the pan.
  2. Keep the pan on the heat, add the tomatoes, Brie and basil, a little of the water that you have reserved and a little oil. 
  3. Stir through the garlic granules, add more garlic if you like. Season with salt and pepper and serve.
You could add a little Parmesan cheese on top if you wanted to.


Meal Plan 07/07/13 - 13/07/13

As we ate out a couple of times this week, we had a couple of meals from this week leftover so we will be putting this back into this weeks meal plan.

Asda have started doing packs of  free from fresh pasta in the chilled section now, they have Tagliatelle which I've decided to try this week and also Penne. As I've been quite busy at work and expect this week to be no different, I thought that it would be good to have some very quick meals that I could make. The pasta only takes a few minutes to cook through, so I'm hoping that I will enjoy it.

Meal Plan 07/07/13 - 13/07/13

Chicken Thai Green Curry
Sausage and mixed bean casserole
Spicy Tomato, Bacon and Pea Tagliatelle
Cherry Tomato and Brie Tagliatelle with Basil
Broccoli, Brie and Spinach Gratin - Jamie Oliver
Baked Potatoes with Cheesy Beans

Item Price 

Gluten Free Bread £2.38 (I actually bought the fresher for longer dietary specials bread from Morrisons)
2 x packs of streaky bacon - £3 (Morrisons) 
Bag of Pink Lady Apples 1.49 (Morrisons) *
Milk - £1.00
Asda Chicken Selecton Pack (1.8 kg) - £5.00 ***
Sliced Ham - £1.00
French Brie - £1.00
Dressing - £0.50
2 x tins of chopped tomatoes - £0.62
Tuna (4 cans) - £4.00
Beans (Fridge Pack) - £1.00
Free From Tagliatelle - £1.72
Sweetcorn x 2 - £1.00
4 x Baking Potatoes - £1.15
Mixed Peppers - £1.00
Broccoli - £0.60
Lettuce x 2 - £1.00
Gluten Free Plain Flour - £1.65
Reduced Bananas (Apprpx 2 kg) £0.30 **
Cherry Tomatoes - £1.00
Red Onion x 2 (0.265 kg) - £0.21
Bananas (1.220 kg) - £0.83
Gluten Free Choc Star cereal - £2.00
Cucumber - £0.50
Gluten Free Butchers Sausages - £1.70

Total £35.65

Breakfast: Cereals, Eggs, Toast. Banana Bread
Lunch: Leftovers, Sandwiches, Salad with Tuna or Chicken
Snacks: Apples, bananas, satsumas
Leftovers:  Peas, Cereal, Chicken, Sausages, Mixed Beans, Cheese, Eggs

* I saw these on offer and as it was a good deal and as I normally buy these apples, I decided to use get them from Morrisons
** They have large bags of bruised bananas for sale at reduced prices, I decided to get one of these and I'm going to make some banana bread later on in the week

*** I've got this chicken mainly to use with the salads, but I do expect to have some left for next week. I'm going to portion the chicken up and put it into the freezer.

Prices correct at time of writing - 07/07/13