Mac ‘n’ hock-a-roni cheese

Mac ‘n’ hock-a-roni cheese

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(7 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 25 mins


Serves 4
Make a cheat's cheese sauce to whip up this favourite pasta bake in half an hour - add a twist with ham hock and peas

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal717
  • fat24g
  • saturates14g
  • carbs86g
  • sugars5g
  • fibre9g
  • protein37g
  • salt2.7g
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  • 400g macaroni
  • 140g frozen pea
  • 140g light mascarpone
  • 1 heaped tbsp English mustard
  • 140g gruyère or cheddar, grated



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  • 2 x 90g packs pulled ham hock, or 175g shredded ham
  • 4-6 tbsp dried breadcrumbs


  1. Cook the macaroni following pack instructions, adding the peas for the final 3 mins. Drain, reserving a mug of cooking water, then tip the macaroni and peas back into the pan.

  2. Heat grill to medium. Put the pan back on the heat and tip in the mascarpone, mustard and most of cheese. Mix well and add enough of the reserved cooking water to make a creamy sauce that coats the pasta without it looking dry. Stir in the ham and season to taste.

  3. Tip into an ovenproof dish and scatter over the breadcrumbs and remaining cheese, then grill for 5 mins until golden.

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17th Mar, 2019
This is absolutely delicious & really easy to make! I couldn't find any light mascarpone though so used full fat. I might use light cream cheese next time though instead of mascarpone. I used low fat cheddar as well. I used Dijon mustard as I didn't have English in & I used a smoked gammon joint that I shredded. Very yummy & will definitely be on the repeat dinners list!
5th Jun, 2016
Delicious and quick. I used mustard powder as that's all I had. Otherwise made exactly per the recipe and was very happy with it.
3rd Mar, 2015
My kids love it
9th Feb, 2014
This was a very easy meal and a nice change from the usual cheese sauce. I substituted sweetcorn for the peas and used cream cheese instead of mascarpone. Everything worked well and it's gone on my repeat list.
17th Nov, 2013
Quick and easy meal enjoyed by the whole family
29th Sep, 2013
Lovely recipe, very quick and easy. I added some sautéed mushrooms and a little cayenne pepper to add a little extra kick.
5th Sep, 2013
Is the mustard in this dish supposed to be dry or prepared mustard?
27th Aug, 2013
Absolutely delicious. A new mid week favourite. I would say that I used the whole 250g tub of mascarpone to make the sauce. Lovely mustardy flavour. Not sure if I'd add the breadcrumbs next time though.
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24th Jun, 2013
I loved this dish, its cheap, easy to prepare and goes down a storm with the family, an all round winner :-)
12th Jun, 2013
A great mid-week meal - quick to make and loved by all the family. I was worried about the amount of mustard and only added 2 tspn - this resulted in only a hint of mustard taste, so 1 tbspn would be fine. Adding the ham really calms down the mustard flavour - it seemed much more mustardy before this!


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