Recipe of the Week - Creamy Mushroom and Ham Pasta Bake
For pasta fans among us, this speedy and delicious creamy pasta makes a hearty, hot family supper. Up your veg intake and add sweetcorn and peas to boost the five-a-day philospophy...
Time to table - approx 25 mins
- 500g dried pasta shapes
- 140g chopped ham
- 200g chopped or sliced mushrooms
- finely sliced spring onions (optional)
- 50g butter
- 50g plain flour
- 500ml milk
- 140g mature cheddar , grated
Heat the oven to 200C/ Gas 6
Cook the pasta according to pack instructions and drain well.
Melt a little butter in a large saucepan. Fry the mushrooms for a couple of mins, then set aside.
Melt the remaining butter in the pan, then add 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. Turn up 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.
Tip the cooked 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.