Creamy ham & mushroom pasta bake

Creamy ham & mushroom pasta bake

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 20 mins


Serves 5
Use up the leftovers in your fridge with this hearty family supper dish

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal678
  • fat25g
  • saturates14g
  • carbs89g
  • sugars8g
  • fibre0g
  • protein31g
  • salt1.58g
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  • 500g bag farfalle
  • 50g butter, plus a little extra



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 200g small mushroom, halved



    The mushroom is a fungus which comes in a wide range of varieties that belong to two distinct…

  • bunch spring onions, finely sliced
    Spring onions

    Spring onion

    sp-ring un-yun

    Also known as scallions or green onions, spring onions are in fact very young onions, harvested…

  • 50g plain flour
  • 500ml milk



    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a complete food. While cow…

  • 140g thickly cut ham, chopped
  • 140g mature cheddar, grated



    Once cheddar was 'Cheddar', a large, hard-pressed barrel of cheese made by a particular…


  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.

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Comments (106)

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

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

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

jimiskewl's picture

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

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.

magickat77's picture

Brilliant recipe, so easy and adaptable - great for using up all sorts of leftovers. Makes loads as well so very economical :)

jenniferxo's picture

This tasted lovely the whole family loved it! Instead of butter i used margirine and i used bacon instead of ham 300grams of it. Also the sauce gets abit thick so i added an extra 100ml. Next time i'll only cookk 250grams of pasta as 500grams was wayyy to much!. Deffo make this again :)

emmavictoria27's picture

I made in a hurry when some friends came over for an impromptu visit. Used what I had in the fridge so substituted ham for smoked bacon and added crushed garlic and fresh parsley to the sauce - delicious!

mollymango's picture

This tasted wonderful, very creamy with scrumptious flavours, I had only a little problem getting the lumps out of the sauce, but once everything was mixed together, you didn't notice anyway. I will be doing this again!

lynnethomson's picture

Really lovely comfort food. So versatile, you could add whatever you've got in the fridge. I usually just add a tin of sweetcorn but I think I'll be trying some of the suggestions above. Really scrummy and so simple to make :)

jnmartin's picture

Second time we have made this now to use up leftover ham and it is delicious. We used leeks instead of spring onions. Made loads, so having it again tomorrow

rach22almora's picture

Really nice, I added sweetcorn as well. Also had it for dinner the next night!

coxie347's picture

This was really good - I replaced the ham with chicken and added peppers & red onion! One of my new favourites!

mandafers's picture

Really enjoyed this recipe;very versatile depending on what it's in the veg drawer.

lynseydewilde's picture

my little girl loves this but will be trying other methods as suggested very very tasty

lynsaybrockhill's picture

Made this for tea a while ago, husband loved's now a regular mid-week meal.

antsta23's picture

Made this today, and it was very good. The sauce was flavourful and the meal is very inexpensive and quick to make. Will definitely make this again for the family.

jncwatson's picture

Really delicious! I made it with ham but also stirred spinach through the white sauce. Also added a slug of sherry to the sauce which makes a huge difference! Finally, I sprinkled cheddar cheese AND parmesan on top. Fabulous comfort food.


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