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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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3rd May, 2012
my little girl loves this but will be trying other methods as suggested very very tasty
2nd Apr, 2012
Made this for tea a while ago, husband loved's now a regular mid-week meal.
15th Mar, 2012
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.
4th Mar, 2012
Really delicious! I made it with ham but also stirred spinach through the white sauce. Also added a slug of sherry to the sauce which makes a huge difference! Finally, I sprinkled cheddar cheese AND parmesan on top. Fabulous comfort food.
8th Feb, 2012
Enjoyed by all, although there was far, far too much pasta for us. Will only cook approx 300g next time. Added more mushrooms and more ham than stated. Will definitely cook this again. Might try with cooked sausages next time.
7th Feb, 2012
Great fast recipe, used bacon instead of ham, brilliant!.
7th Feb, 2012
Great fast recipe, used bacon instead of ham, brilliant!.
2nd Feb, 2012
A great recipe, I used 170g farfalle (it's only the 2 of us) and halved the rest of the ingredients, adding some peas and some extra ham and 2 tbsp of grated Parmesan on top so that it browns nicely. I must say the sauce came out very thick so I added more milk, about 100 ml more. We loved it and ate almost everything, very little is left. I think it's a very versatile recipe, you can add whatever you like/have in the fridge. Next time I will try adding some tomatoes and Provence herbs for a different taste.
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20th Jan, 2012
I made this for my boyfriend. He was so in love with this..!!!!! I added 1 teaspoonful of dried oregano, and teaspoon of paprika sweet..!! The pasta was so wonderful. And we don't have to go for pasta anymore ... We have the best. This is a great recipe.. :) !!!!!
12th Jan, 2012
Really tasty. Makes a large quantity so had as cold dish for lunch too. I also followed the suggestion of adding garlic, sweetcorn and peas. I used leek rather than spring onion.


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