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 (107)

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.

jeanius's picture

Enjoyed by all, although there was far, far too much pasta for us. Will only cook approx 300g next time. Added more mushrooms and more ham than stated. Will definitely cook this again. Might try with cooked sausages next time.

arthjones's picture

Great fast recipe, used bacon instead of ham, brilliant!.

arthjones's picture

Great fast recipe, used bacon instead of ham, brilliant!.

eva_anita's picture

A great recipe, I used 170g farfalle (it's only the 2 of us) and halved the rest of the ingredients, adding some peas and some extra ham and 2 tbsp of grated Parmesan on top so that it browns nicely. I must say the sauce came out very thick so I added more milk, about 100 ml more. We loved it and ate almost everything, very little is left. I think it's a very versatile recipe, you can add whatever you like/have in the fridge. Next time I will try adding some tomatoes and Provence herbs for a different taste.

iruz88's picture

I made this for my boyfriend. He was so in love with this..!!!!! I added 1 teaspoonful of dried oregano, and teaspoon of paprika sweet..!! The pasta was so wonderful. And we don't have to go for pasta anymore ... We have the best. This is a great recipe.. :) !!!!!

lauramcentee's picture

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

Delicious and super easy to make!

lilmiss_annie's picture

I just made this for my mom and me was yummy

mian8910's picture

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

tammych's picture

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

Far too easy to mess up & I did

splodgemeister's picture

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

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

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

Whole family loved this, we had loads left over for lunch the following day

Eleraa's picture

Made this for me and my husband, added peas though but was lovely ^^

inathalie's picture

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

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!


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