Lamb and Broccoli Bake

Make the most of any Sunday leftovers with this quick and easy dish made with juicy lamb and tender broccoli in a delicious white sauce.


  • 1kg/2.2lb cooked roast lamb, cubed
  • 375g/12oz broccoli, cut into florets or small pieces, or any vegetable mix
  • 25g/1oz butter
  • 25g/1oz plain flour
  • 600ml/1pint milk
  • Salt and freshly milled black pepper
  • Pinch ground nutmeg
  • 15ml/1tbsp sunflower oil
  • 1 small onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • 75g/3oz fresh or dried breadcrumbs
  • 30ml/2tbsp freshly chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 30ml/2tbsp freshly chopped rosemary

Serves 6

Difficulty Rating:**

Prep Time: 10 mins

Total Time: 35 mins


Cook the broccoli in a large pan of boiling water for 2-3 minutes. Refresh in cold water, drain and set aside.

To make the white sauce: melt the butter in a saucepan over a low heat. Add the flour and cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring continuously. Remove from the heat and slowly stir in the milk. Bring to the boil; reduce the heat and simmer, stirring until thickened. Season and add the nutmeg.

Preheat the oven to Gas mark 4-5, 180-190°C, 350-375°F.

Heat the oil in a large pan and cook the onion for 1-2 minutes or until soft. Add the lamb and warm through for 2-3 minutes. Add the broccoli and white sauce. Spoon into a 1.2L/2pint ovenproof dish.

Mix together the breadcrumbs and herbs, sprinkle over the lamb and bake in a preheated oven for 20-25 minutes until golden brown.

Serve with mixed vegetables.


For extra convenience buy a ready-made white sauce and replace fresh herbs with dried. For an extra treat add 60ml/4tbsp single cream to the white sauce.

Images courtesy of AHDB.