Baked Pasta and Broccoli in Creamy Tomato Sauce - A rich creamy tomato sauce , al dente pasta, broccoli and fresh mozzarella cheese bring this easy dish together for a perfect weeknight meal.
Preheat oven to 400
Heat a large pot of salted water on high heat.
Trim your broccoli and cut off the bottom stem. Break broccoli into pieces. Peel and dice the onion, mince garlic, slice mozzarella cheese.
Add the pasta to the boiling water after about 4 minutes add broccoli. Cook until al dente. Reserve 1/4 cup of cooking water when you drain the pasta nad broccoli
While the pasta and broccoli cook make your sauce in a pan. Add 1 tbsp olive oil until just hot. Add diced onion, italian seasoning, and red pepper flakes and as much salt and pepper as you like. Cook stirring for a minute or two or until onions are softened. Add tomatoes, cooking 3-4 minutes until slightly thickened. Add heavy cream and cook about 1 minute. turn off heat and add more salt and pepper if needed.
In a large bowl add pasta and broccoli, capers, sauce, reserved cooking water and stir.
Transfer to a baking dish and top with the mozzarella cheese then panko bread crumbs. Drizzle a little olive oil over the casserole
Bake 10-15 minutes depending on your oven. Let stand for about 3 minutes before serving.