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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lauramcentee's picture
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Really tasty. Makes a large quantity so had as cold dish for lunch too. I also followed the suggestion of adding garlic, sweetcorn and peas. I used leek rather than spring onion.

nshubrook's picture
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Delicious and super easy to make!

lilmiss_annie's picture
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I just made this for my mom and me was yummy

mian8910's picture
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I didn't really enjoy this as it didn't really taste anything....

tammych's picture
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We love this recipe and we now have it regularly. I tend to half most of the recipe as there is only the three of us. I also add sweetcorn, sometimes peas and sometimes bacon if there is any spare in the fridge. My 19 month old daughter loves this meal and by adding extra veg like sweetcorn and peas, it helps towards her 5 a day :)

pewter's picture
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Far too easy to mess up & I did

splodgemeister's picture
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Definitely one for the binder. I too added peas & sweetcorn and I also used a sliced smoked pork sausage instead of ham. It was yummy! As with other comments I found the pasta to sauce ratio was wrong so next time will make less pasta and more sauce. Other than that there's nothing bad to say about this recipe. Even the leftovers the following day were delicious.

stephski86's picture
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This was very easy to make and delicious. I substituted spring onions for a large leek, and added a heaped teaspoon of English mustard. I also used slightly less pasta and made a bit more sauce. I think next time I'd also add parmesan (I think it would be really good with some stilton but my boyfriend doesn't like blue cheeses) to give it a bit more of a flavour kick.

itsybitsy's picture
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This is quite nice although 500g of pasta is far too much and 500ml of sauce far too little which makes it a bit on the stodgy side I would imagine. I cut down on the pasta and increased the sauce but will do even more so next time.

kerryyaxley's picture
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Whole family loved this, we had loads left over for lunch the following day

Eleraa's picture
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Made this for me and my husband, added peas though but was lovely ^^

inathalie's picture
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This was awesome, it took me a little time to prepare and tasted great. Very creamy and filling, also extremely tasty!
I followed the recipe almost exactly, as my mom doesn't like sweetcorn. If I were doing it for myself, I'd add sweetcorn too.

ashlyrobyn1991's picture

Me & My other half have just made this but we did our own little twist and made it with tuna will let you know how it tastes once we have eaten it all :)

ida1985's picture
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I made this for 12 people last night. It worked really well, good one for feeding a crowd. Two thing though... First, adding sweetcorn is a MUST. Second, you need to add quite a bit more milk to get enough sauce and even with 750ml (not the 500ml in the recipe) I felt it could have had a bit more sauce!

cinnamon4u's picture

Delicious ! the whole family loved it with the addition of corn, red pepper and chicken instead of ham. I also reduced the pasta to 300g and it still filled a large Pyrex dish . Will also add more cheese next time and mustard as someone suggested.
5 stars

emmadoots's picture
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i made this last night for an easy tea and it was really tasty, though i did deviate from the recipie somewhat!i used celery in the base and a tablespoon of creme fraiche to finish the sauce, as it tasted a little floury. i would definitely recommend this dish for a quick and tasty tea!

charlottelightfoot's picture
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Not very impressed to be honest! Bit bland and boring :(

mlgb_24's picture
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I added sweetcorn as what others did. I think the sauce is not a lot, so will try to do it with 750 mls milk next time, and use bacon lardons instead of ham to add more taste to it. Very nice though!

louisa81's picture

Love this - however I make the sauce with stilton and smoked bacon. Regular meal now in our household

irenemorrill's picture
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My kids loved this and like the review above, little one had seconds. Think I might substitute leeks for spring onions next time (jaded adult pallete??) and would certainly add a few more mushrooms on 6 year olds request!!!

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