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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emmalh's picture
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made this last night and completely messed up the sauce the flour just went into lumps and I had to rescue the lot by sieving and chucking a lot of it, however the end result was good, kids loved it my only change was I added sweetcorn and peas and wished I hadn't I probably added too much and the taste detracted from everything else. I will try again but stick to the original

norfyjujus's picture
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I thought it was ok nothing special . Thought the sauce was also too thick. Additionally if you're a messy cook like me there are probably better pasta bakes out there - ie ones that dont use flour!
However my boyfriend really liked it said it was good stodge food.

xlauramx's picture
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Loved it - clean plates all round!

mattkay's picture
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loved it . carnt folt it.

jenki2's picture
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This came out really well!
I added some garlic to the sauce and also added pancetta instead of ham! was delish!

littleangel38's picture
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Loved it! I used peas and a big spoonful of philadelphia. I had some saved for lunch tomorrow but ive just eaten it, it was that good!

tristingle's picture
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This is an excellent recipe. Really quick and easy. Very tasty too!

getting_thinner's picture

i am trying this tonight, but a lower fat version... going to use flora extra light butter, tescos low fat cheese and skimmed milk, hoping it will come out ok...looks amazing

buffduffdan's picture
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Very nice and easy to make! I added frozen peas to mine, family loved it and will definitely be cooking it again :)

macyrae's picture
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This was lovely just added some sweetcorn and spinach as they needed using up. Hubby and daughter thought I'd been slaving away for hours, in reality it was dead simple.

buzz88's picture
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I cook a gammon joint and add chunks. Also add sweetcorn & petit pois to make a family favourite.

r8ch4food's picture
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Really simple, really nice. I added sweetcorn too!

ptntatty's picture
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Adding some green peas works well too! Probably the 10th time I've made this. It is a family favourite!

aerogirl1's picture

I have the same problem Anne-Rachael, I can only find the recipe now through google.

anne-rachael's picture
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Anyone know why this recipe has no picture and refuses to be saved into my binder? Great recipe though!

eleanormayo's picture
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Really good comfort food. Was a little concerned that the sauce might turn out lumpy as couldn't tell if they were lumps or onion, but was just fine! Meant to add peas to up the veggie quota but forgot!

sarahcoley1976's picture
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I made this dish in a hurry, so i guessed alot of the weights. It still came out lovely and my hubby loved it. Will make it again as i would like to see how it turns out having followed the recipe.

carlnotts's picture
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This is very quick and easy to make, I used more butter than stated and cooked the onion and mushroons together adding the liquid from this to the sauce. Also made the sauce more runny, its great for a tasty midweek tea.

ashleyhouston71's picture

absolutely amazing, i made mine with spring onions, bacon and peas, i also added the wholegrain mustard as suggested by someone above and topped mine off with breadcrumbs and a bit of cheese, best pasta bake iv made yet!!

nickyevans123's picture
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Delicious! kids loved it and little one had seconds! really simple to make and will definately be doing this again. loads left over too and its freezable so even better!!

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