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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schwamme's picture
26th Oct, 2016
Great recipe with amazing flavour. Did find it a bit problematic adding the flour in first and then adding milk as it created lumps. Managed to get it fairly alright in the end. Used smoked bacon lardons instead of ham and that gave the whole dish amazing flavour. Added some garden peas and pre-steamed kale for a bit more veg, and added wild sage stuffing/breadcrumbs on top too. Easy, affordable and really tasty. Will be making it again.
20th May, 2016
So easy and so tasty ☺ addes chicken and bacon instead of ham.
6th Oct, 2015
Very useful recipe that is easily adapted to anything in your fridge. As we don't eat meat, I missed out the ham and put in extra mushroom and spring onions with lots of ground pepper, came out great and is a weekly staple in our house. I reduce the pasta as there's only 2 of us, to about 350g which does enough for 2 dinners and lunch.
19th Sep, 2015
Made this today. Instead of ham, mushrooms, flour, butter and pasta, I used a tea bag and greatly reduced the amount of milk. Ready in under 2 minutes. Very refreshing!
21st Apr, 2015
Very tasty pasta bake we used bacon instead of ham and also added some sweetcorn. Took some advice from previous poster who advised to use less pasta ,500g would of been way too much. Will be trying this again
12th Oct, 2014
Eating this as I type the comment. Easy to make, and tasty, I added some sweetcorn as well as ingredients listed. 500g of pasta is quite a lot though, so make sure you have a decent sized pan and oven dish to put it all in.
vickyinthesky's picture
1st Aug, 2014
Used Quorn ham instead of the real thing as I'm vegetarian. Also added garlic in with the mushrooms. Really tasty, easy and quick to make. Will definitely be cooking again :)
Vikki Uren
14th Apr, 2014
Wow...very yummy xx
22nd Feb, 2014
I've lost count of the number of times I've made this in my home and always varied the ingredients. Leftover chicken breasts with ham, chicken and bacon, chorizo etc. basically, any meat or veg I've needed to use up. I've also added some passata on occasions to make a creamy tomato sauce for a change. Basically, this dish is loved in our house as it never seems to be the same way twice! Brilliantly versatile, filling and tasty. Yummy!
2nd Oct, 2013
I made this using 2 chicken breasts, 200g mushrooms and 200g broccoli. It was delicious but there was far too much pasta, I ended up binning over half of it because it wouldn't fit in the dish and would have made it far too dry if it had.


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