Cheese and Ham Pasta Bake

    45 min

    A hearty pasta dish, which is super-easy to make. Pasta bows are baked with ham in a cheese sauce. Enjoy with fresh crusty bread, if desired.

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    Serves: 6 

    • 225g pasta bows (farfalle)
    • 50g butter
    • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
    • 4 tablespoons plain flour
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
    • 475ml milk
    • 1/2 teaspoon mustard
    • 275g grated mild Cheddar cheese
    • 115g cooked ham, julienned
    • 4 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:25min  ›  Ready in:45min 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4.
    2. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to the boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.
    3. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Saute garlic 30 seconds. Whisk in flour, salt and pepper. Cook and stir until smooth. Pour in milk, a little at a time, stirring constantly. Bring to the boil for 1 minute. Stir in mustard and cheese. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until cheese is melted. Remove from heat and stir in pasta and ham.
    4. Pour into a 2 litre baking dish. Sprinkle with Parmesan. Bake 20 to 25 minutes, until bubbly and golden

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    Lovely! Perfect for using up left over bits of ham joints. Quick and easy.  -  05 Apr 2014


    Kids loved it  -  19 Feb 2016


    Ok, I did this a lot differently. First of all, you should probably add more pasta if you don't want too much of the sauce. I omitted the mustard. I added 1 cup colby and 1/1/2 cup mozzarella and then salt, pepper and italian seasonings. Oh ya, and peas. Was a great dish, will definately make again. This is a good recipe to keep around just for the fact that you can do so much with it(use it as a base). Maybe add chicken or turkey and/or french cut green beans next time. Maybe top it off with some sliced cherry tomatoes.  -  16 May 2005  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)