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

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    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)

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

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

Not very impressed to be honest! Bit bland and boring :(

mlgb_24's picture

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

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!!!

spacemonkey82's picture

Great recipe, I jazzed it up with some garlic pesto in the sauce some cherry tomatoes to ad some colour and 2 cloves garlic fried of with streaky bacon instead of ham the result was amazing.

janilou's picture

made this last night, used a leek instead of spring onions, added a clove of garlic, a dessertspoon of wholegrain mustard, used up some christmas gammon, chucked in a bit of cold cooked chicken, a couple of bits of streaky bacon and used stilton and some dolcelatta, again christmas left overs and sprinkled over a bit of fresh thyme - it was delicious, husband loved it, will most definately be making this again

emmalh's picture

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

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

Loved it - clean plates all round!

mattkay's picture

loved it . carnt folt it.

jenki2's picture

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

littleangel38's picture

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

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

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

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

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

r8ch4food's picture

Really simple, really nice. I added sweetcorn too!


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