Hearty Pasta Bake

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This can be frozen for extra convenience.

5 mins
20 mins
Serves: 4
200g (8oz) penne pasta
2 tbsp (30ml) olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
3 celery sticks, chopped
100g (4oz) carrots, diced
100g (4oz) mushrooms, chopped
100g (4oz) ham, diced or cut into large chunks
25g (1oz) butter
25g (1oz) plain flour
400ml (15fl oz) milk
100g (4oz) cheddar
Salt and freshly ground black pepper


Put the pasta on to simmer. Fry the onion and garlic for a few minutes, then add the rest of the vegetables, and the ham. Meanwhile, make a roux sauce with the butter, flour and milk, adding the milk gradually and stirring continuously to avoid lumps. Add the cheese. Preheat the grill to medium. When the pasta is cooked, drain, and mix with the vegetables and ham and sauce. Transfer to a casserole dish. Sprinkle some grated cheese on top and grill for 7 minutes.