Creamy ham & mushroom pasta bake

Creamy ham & mushroom pasta bake

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Cooking time

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 20 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 5

Use up the leftovers in your fridge with this hearty family supper dish

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Freezable
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
678
protein
31g
carbs
89g
fat
25g
saturates
14g
fibre
0g
sugar
8g
salt
1.58g

Ingredients

  • 500g bag farfalle
  • 50g butter, plus a little extra
  • 200g small mushrooms, halved
  • bunch spring onions, finely sliced
  • 50g plain flour
  • 500ml milk
  • 140g thickly cut ham, chopped
  • 140g mature cheddar, grated

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Method

  1. Cook the pasta according to pack instructions, then drain. Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6, then melt a little butter in a large saucepan. Fry the mushrooms for a couple of mins, then scoop out and set aside. Use some kitchen paper to wipe out the pan.
  2. Melt the remaining butter in the pan, then add most of the onions and soften for 1 min. Stir in the flour for another min, then gradually stir in the milk until you have a lump-free sauce. Increase the heat and bubble the sauce, stirring for a few mins to thicken. Turn off the heat, stir in the ham and most of the cheese, then season to taste.
  3. Tip the pasta and mushrooms into a large ovenproof dish, then pour over the sauce and mix well in the dish. Scatter over the remaining cheese and spring onions, then bake for 10 mins until golden.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, March 2009

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Vikki Uren's picture
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Wow...very yummy xx

catgbcook's picture

I've lost count of the number of times I've made this in my home and always varied the ingredients. Leftover chicken breasts with ham, chicken and bacon, chorizo etc. basically, any meat or veg I've needed to use up. I've also added some passata on occasions to make a creamy tomato sauce for a change.
Basically, this dish is loved in our house as it never seems to be the same way twice! Brilliantly versatile, filling and tasty. Yummy!

lisabakes's picture

I made this using 2 chicken breasts, 200g mushrooms and 200g broccoli. It was delicious but there was far too much pasta, I ended up binning over half of it because it wouldn't fit in the dish and would have made it far too dry if it had.

jhnaylor's picture

Made this today and this will definitely be cooked for the family again. They loved it. I used left over sliced breaded ham, added black pepper and a small pinch of mixed herbs. I even laid strips of the ham criss-crossed over the top of the bake and they crisped up nicely in the oven. A real hit. There was one large (or two small) portions left over. We're a family of four so this would definitely feed a larger family and won't cost too much.

susieone's picture
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This will become a regular supper dish. So easy, but so tasty. Like some other reviewers, I use leeks instead of spring onions - I had a couple of small ones left over. And I put in some asparagus, which went very well. So, a great recipe which you can easily tweak to suit what you have in the fridge!!

sarahroberts28's picture

Delicious! I substituted the ham in this recipe for some grilled bacon (1 rasher each). Lowered the quantities to about 80% of whats stated, because theres only 4 in my family, and unusually, this recipe serves 5. The prep time of 10 mins was a bit of an understatement, i took about 25! (but i am an inexperienced cook). Overall really lovely, will definitely bookmark for a nice student meal.

sarahroberts28's picture

This recipe was really easy and worked out really well, just made it for my family, but only used 80% of the quantities as theres only four of us, and unusually this recipe is designed to serve 5.
It was delicious and didn't take long to prepare, although ten minutes is a bit of an understatement (im an inexperienced cook so I'd say prep time took me about 20-25 mins)
My oven is typically quite hot so I took it out after 18 mins, just as the cheese on top was going brown and crispy in places. Perfect timing :)
I also grilled some bacon and chopped this instead of the ham, which works just as well. (I used about 1 rasher each)

skosagemaloo's picture

This was a really bland dish and quite frankly a waste of ingredients. Managed a few mouthfuls before I binned the lot.

carrow's picture
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i`ve made this pasta dish twice now and used pancetta it is a really easy and very nice meal 3 adults and 2 children had it and i still had some left over for my lunch the next day

marjorina's picture

made this for 2 people so I halved the amount of pasta but kept the amount of cheese sauce to which I added 1 teaspoon of mustard. I used mushrooms, red and yellow sweet peppers with leftover baked gammon with garlic bread and it was delicious.

There's still half left so the original recipe would easily feed 7-8 people. I,ll make this again and try sweetcorn and maybe smoked sausage.

kat879's picture
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I made this last night - and it was amazing! My brother who doesn't usually eat much had seconds, and it was all gone by the end of the night. I added peas, corn and red onions as well. I'm thinking of adding garlic to the mushrooms next time, and maybe some capsicum as well.

erow111's picture
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Used a little less pasta, and also added sweetcorn, teaspoon of whole grain mustard and used bacon instead of ham. Love it!

chatonette's picture
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My husband said it was too bland and stodgy.

KDudgeon's picture

Really nice recipe, a favourite for our home too! We added frozen peas and a little pasta broth to slacken the sauce. Also used all the cheese in the sauce and grated extra on top as well as adding little noughts of blue cheese which gave it a deeper flavour. Enjoy!

keenlittlecook's picture

Absolutely loved this - added Sweetcorn and mixed herbs - was delicious!

philace72's picture
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this is the first dish i have ever tried to cook from a recipe (my culinary skills usually extend to pie, mash and veg).. worked well.. the wife and kids liked it.. the second time i made it i added bacon (fried lightly with the mushrooms) and sweetcorn (cooked same time as pasta).. added some more milk to coat pasta with sauce better (might try a little more just to thin out sauce).. the wife and kids loved this version.. would really recomend this dish..

sabamoley's picture
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Very tasty. Used leek instead of sping onions, added peas and left out the cheese to save calories/washing up.

jimiskewl's picture
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It was almost like making a ham and mushroom pie but without the pastry! Quite nice and easy to make but I think that there are better pasta dishes out there.

funk42's picture
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Made with left over Parmesan and creme fraiche in the sauce as well - very rich sauce and huge portions probably a little too big for me but tasty but might add black pepper as well next time

karenchallinor's picture

I added red and yellow peppers instead of onions and finished off the topping with some mozzarella and cheddar. The whole family love this and it is great to make ahead.

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