Cheese & spinach penne with walnut crumble
- Preparation and cooking time
- Serves 8
- 500g pack penne
- 2 large leeks , sliced
- 85g butter
- 85g plain flour
- 2 tsp ready-made English mustard
- good grating nutmeg
- 1l milk , plus a bit extra
- 350g pack mature cheddar , grated
- 4 slices French bread , diced
- 85g walnut piece
- 400g bag spinach
- STEP 1
If you are eating one of the pasta bakes now, heat oven to 190C/170C fan/ gas 5. Boil the pasta with the leeks for 10 mins, then drain.
- STEP 2
Meanwhile, put the butter, flour, mustard, nutmeg and milk in a large pan with some seasoning. Gently heat, stirring all the time, until bubbling and thickened, then cook for 2 mins more, stirring frequently. Remove from the heat and stir in two-thirds of the cheese. Toss the remaining cheese with the bread and walnuts.
- STEP 3
Cook the spinach in the microwave, or pour a kettle of boiling water over it to wilt, then squeeze out the excess water. Stir into the sauce with the pasta, leeks and some seasoning. If necessary, add a little extra milk to loosen. Divide between 2 ovenproof dishes and scatter the bread mixture on top. If eating straight away, bake for 40 mins until golden, or cool to freeze.