Cheesy ham & broccoli pasta

Cheesy ham & broccoli pasta

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(113 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 20 mins


Serves 4

Satisfy your comfort food cravings with this cheap and simple creamy pasta dish with chunks of ham and crunchy veg

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal902
  • fat62g
  • saturates34g
  • carbs46g
  • sugars6g
  • fibre5g
  • protein37g
  • salt2.9g
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  • 300g pasta (we used conchiglie)



    Pasta is the Italian name for Italy's version of a basic foodstuff which is made in many…

  • 1 head of broccoli, cut into small florets



    Like cabbage and cauliflower, broccoli is a brassica and is sometimes known by its Italian name…

  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 250g ham, cut into chunks (get a nice thick slice from the deli counter)
  • 300ml pot double cream
  • 1 tbsp English mustard
  • 140g mature cheddar, grated


  1. Bring a large pan of water to the boil and cook the pasta following pack instructions, adding the broccoli florets to the pan for the final 4 mins. Drain and set aside.

  2. Meanwhile, make the sauce. Heat the oil in a large pan and cook the onion for 5 mins to soften, then stir in the garlic and cook for 1 min more. Stir in the ham, cream and mustard, then bring to the boil. Add the pasta and broccoli, then stir in the cheese, coating everything in the sauce.

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Nathan Flint's picture
Nathan Flint
13th May, 2020
Used creme fraiche (50% reduced fat) instead of double cream. Absolutely delicious - will definitely be making again.
1st Nov, 2019
My family loved this, very quick, easy and cheap.
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Kimmys Kitchen ...
10th Oct, 2019
Firstly I swoped the cream for milk and flour, that was a big mistake! The whole family hated it, what's worse it I made a double batch. I want to make it again but with cream next time but I'll leave it a while. I'm only makeing this review as in the comments someone also didn't have cream and used milk, she said it was good.... It's not! We had to add salt and extra mustard and it was still bland. I'll leave another review when we've made it again I'm sure with cream it will be lovely.
lauras89's picture
20th Aug, 2019
Swap grilled bacon for ham and add mushrooms :)
Sue Ramen
23rd May, 2019
Loved it! Minor swap of Dijon instead of English mustard (bleurgh), and it only needed a teaspoon of it, in my opinion; otherwise, absolutely spot on. Gorgeous grub and easy to put together. Winner!
11th May, 2019
Easy to make and the kids loved it. I didn't have double cream, I used milk and plain flour to thicken it a little instead.
29th Nov, 2018
Inhaled by my children. I had mine on a sweet baked potato and it was really tasty
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Julie Hirst
15th Sep, 2018
my famil reall enjoyed this meal. was absolutly lovley, i added a tin of drained sweet corn , very nice it was
Chris Rivero
1st Feb, 2018
This was my second time cooking something appart from frozen food, it was easy, healthy, cheap and delicious, i'd recommend it to anyone
30th Jan, 2018
I love this recipe - it makes absolutely loads and reheats well (although isn't very easy to eat cold as it cools solid). It's quite rich too, so you don't need much to fill you up. Would recommend it to students looking for something easy and filling!


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