Cheeseboard pasta bake

Cheeseboard pasta bake

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Prep: 20 mins - 30 mins Cook: 30 mins


Serves 4

This simple and satisfying meal tastes as good as it looks - and uses up any leftovers from your Christmas cheeseboard

Nutrition and extra info


  • kcal840
  • fat44g
  • saturates21g
  • carbs26g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre6g
  • protein55g
  • salt2.61g
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  • 500g packet rigatoni
  • 850ml milk



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  • 50g butter



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 50g plain flour
  • half a nutmeg (or ¼ tsp ready ground)



    One of the most useful of spices for both sweet and savoury

  • 85g mature cheddar, or other hard cheese



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

  • 85g dolcelatte or other blue cheese
  • 85g garlic and herb cheese such as Boursin or roulé
  • 200g cooked ham, chopped
  • 85g mixed nut, such as cashews, blanched almonds, and hazelnuts, roughly chopped
  • a handful of parsley, roughly chopped



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  1. To cook the pasta, bring a large pan of water to the boil, add a generous measure of salt and tip in the pasta. Stir once and return to the boil, then boil rapidly for 12 minutes. Preheat the oven to 190C/gas 5/fan 170C.

  2. To make the sauce, pour the milk into a pan and add the butter, flour and plenty of seasoning. Grate in the half nutmeg (or sprinkle in the ready ground). Bring to the boil over a medium heat, whisking all the time until it makes a smooth, creamy sauce.

  3. Drain the pasta and tip it into the sauce. Taste and add extra seasoning if necessary. Stir in the ham and grate in the cheddar, then tip into a shallow ovenproof dish. Dice the remaining cheeses and swirl into the pasta to make cheesy pockets.

  4. Mix the nuts and parsley together, then scatter over the pasta. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes until the nuts are golden and crunchy and everything is piping hot.

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4th Jun, 2008
I made this last night.. left out the nuts but the rest was as the recipe said. Was so nice and easy. Boyfriend was especially pleased with it. I used really low fat milk too and he didnt notice. Will be making this again soon.
9th Jan, 2008
Ive just had this for my lunch and it was delicious. I halved the ingredients and added some chopped spinich and tomates before baking, I didn't add any nuts. I'm looking forward to the leftovers tomorrow.
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