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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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!!

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!!

sarahah's picture
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Forgot to rate!

sarahah's picture
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Absolutely delicious - I make it nearly every week. My husband always has thirds!! I too used sweetcorn as well. Will try next time using tuna instead of ham.

sheepie's picture
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Made this tonight for the family. I made 750mls worth of sauce, which seemed about right to keep it nice and moist. Also added some garlic to the mushrooms. Well recieved by all. Next time i will probably use more cheese as hte flavour was slightly subtle for my taste.

jevidrian's picture
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I made this the other night for my father in law and myself
i took the advice of adding sweetcorn we really enjoyed it
my father in law had three helpings, need i say more!

arnoldio's picture

Delicious!

I Used this for my GCSE food tech exams this week as a prototype dish, the whole thing went very well and i got a B+!!

rebecca1july's picture
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great weekday meal for weekdays.
I agree the sauce is very thick and also the portion size is very large.

muffinlover's picture
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Fantastic recipe! I use frankfurters instead of ham to make it a bit more meaty!

nickers's picture

This was fantastic! I didn't have any mushrooms or ham so i substiuted with bacon and sweet potato and it was a great success.

hunkamunka's picture
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I made this again using Dolcelatte cheese and wilted spinach making it meat free. I still used cheddar in the white sauce and some for sprinkling on top plus the blue cheese so it was particularly naughty but really scrummy!

anyz_razak's picture
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Very nice. I dont eat pork so i substitute them with chicken. It was very delicious!!

Frantic Flapjack's picture
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Very good comfort food and very tasty. I added a dessert spoon of wholegrain mustard to the white sauce before adding the cheese and it gave it a good depth of flavour.

marywesterback's picture
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I made this ahead of time, so that I could put it on when I got back from taking the kids to music. Also I added some mixed frozen veg to up the intake (I used a brocolli, cauliflower, carrot mix). Everyone loved it, will definitely make again!

ladylinda's picture

This was really tasty and very filling. I used 2 small leeks instead of spring onions, blue stilton instead of cheddar and a large garlic clove, crushed. Would definately do it again.

sarahcg's picture

I added sweetcorn and red pepper, it was really colourful!
Made the sauce a bit runnier as Jo suggested. Yum yum!
Bang goes 'Carb free week'!

hamishmum's picture
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This was very scrummy! I added sweetcorn as other people had suggested which worked well. My only criticism is that I prefer the sauce to be a but runnier so i added more milk than suggested.

hunkamunka's picture
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I made this last night and it was absolutely delicious. My other half wouldn't stop going on about it! I also added sweetcorn to this and it really bulked it up. Lots of leftovers as there are only 2 of us so we will be having this again tonight!

lizzafezza's picture
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A great quick tasty dish for mid week. I too added sweetcorn.

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