About this recipe:Once you make this pasta dish, it will become a firm favourite. Wholewheat pasta is baked with broccoli and ham in a Cheddar cheese sauce.
400g wholewheat fussili pasta
285 frozen broccoli
1 tablespoon olive oil
270g diced fully cooked ham
425g ready-made cheese sauce
125ml semi-skimmed milk
ground black pepper to taste
125g grated mild Cheddar cheese
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Method Prep:15min › Cook:45min › Ready in:1hr
Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease a 20x30cm baking dish.
Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to the boil; cook the pasta in the boiling water, stirring occasionally, until tender but not mushy, about 10 minutes. Drain.
Thaw the broccoli in a microwave oven until you can break it apart into small pieces.
Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan over medium heat; cook and stir the diced ham in the hot oil until the edges start to brown, about 10 minutes. Stir in the broccoli and cook and stir until any excess water has cooked away and the ham and broccoli are hot. Pour in cheese sauce sauce and the milk; stir to blend, sprinkle with pepper and add the cooked pasta. Stir everything together to coat the pasta with sauce and bring to a simmer.
Spread the bubbling pasta mixture into the prepared baking dish, top with grated Cheddar cheese. Bake in the preheated oven unil hot and the cheese is melted and starting to brown, about 30 minutes.