Romanesco Pasta Bake with Olives and Tuna Béchamel Sauce

pasta bake with Romanesco broccoli, olives and tuna


  • 500g wholemeal pasta (I used fusilli)
  • 1 small Romanesco broccoli, plain broccoli or cauliflower (divided into small florets)
  • black peppercorns
  • 2 handfuls of black olives
  • sea salt
  • some mature Cheddar (grated)

for tuna béchamel sauce

  • 100g unsalted butter
  • 1 cup flour (125g)
  • 4 cups of milk
  • sea salt to taste
  • 3 x 200g tins of tuna in brine (drained)
  • black peppercorns


  • microwavable container with opening in the lid or even better microwave steamer
  • large non-stick baking dish

how to cook Romanesco broccoli


  1. Cook pasta in salty water, drain and leave aside.
  2. Steam Romanesco florets in microwave with few tbs of water for about 8 minutes or until soft to your liking.
  3. In meantime prepare béchamel sauce: melt butter and gradually add flour and milk to the pot, season with salt and freshly ground pepper.
  4. Remove from fire, stir in drained tuna and mix well.
  5. Spread pasta on the bottom of baking dish, on the top arrange Romanesco and olives, pour over tuna béchamel sauce, sprinkle with Cheddar and freshly ground pepper.
  6. Place in preheated oven to 180°C (356°F) for couple of minutes until cheese is melted or golden brown.

Serves 5 people.

More pasta bake ideas:

Michelle made chicken pasta bake with leeks.

I made cauliflower mac & cheese some time ago.

Your thoughts…

  1. Broccoli or cauliflower with mac and cheese is a favorite of mine, so this dish sounds fantastic!

  2. Genius idea – I can’t wait to try it!

  3. This dish sounds delicious! :grin:

  4. This looks delicious. :)

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