Creamy ham & mushroom pasta bake

Creamy ham & mushroom pasta bake

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(104 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 20 mins

Easy

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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Ingredients

  • 500g bag farfalle
  • 50g butter, plus a little extra
    Butter

    Butter

    butt-err

    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 200g small mushroom, halved
    Mushroom

    Mushroom

    mush-room

    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

    Milk

    mill-k

    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
    Cheddar

    Cheddar

    Ched-ah

    Once cheddar was 'Cheddar', a large, hard-pressed barrel of cheese made by a particular…

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.

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emmavictoria27
31st Jul, 2012
I made in a hurry when some friends came over for an impromptu visit. Used what I had in the fridge so substituted ham for smoked bacon and added crushed garlic and fresh parsley to the sauce - delicious!
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mollymango
28th Jul, 2012
4.05
This tasted wonderful, very creamy with scrumptious flavours, I had only a little problem getting the lumps out of the sauce, but once everything was mixed together, you didn't notice anyway. I will be doing this again!
lynnethomson
16th Jul, 2012
5.05
Really lovely comfort food. So versatile, you could add whatever you've got in the fridge. I usually just add a tin of sweetcorn but I think I'll be trying some of the suggestions above. Really scrummy and so simple to make :)
jnmartin
11th Jun, 2012
5.05
Second time we have made this now to use up leftover ham and it is delicious. We used leeks instead of spring onions. Made loads, so having it again tomorrow
rach22almora
5th Jun, 2012
4.05
Really nice, I added sweetcorn as well. Also had it for dinner the next night!
coxie347
12th May, 2012
4.05
This was really good - I replaced the ham with chicken and added peppers & red onion! One of my new favourites!
mandafers
9th May, 2012
5.05
Really enjoyed this recipe;very versatile depending on what it's in the veg drawer.
lynseydewilde
3rd May, 2012
my little girl loves this but will be trying other methods as suggested very very tasty
lynsaybrockhill
2nd Apr, 2012
Made this for tea a while ago, husband loved it....it's now a regular mid-week meal.
antsta23
15th Mar, 2012
5.05
Made this today, and it was very good. The sauce was flavourful and the meal is very inexpensive and quick to make. Will definitely make this again for the family.

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