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Ham, Broccoli & Bacon Pasta Bake

This is such an easy, cheap pasta recipe that uses every day ingredients, can be prepared in advance and has all the elements of a well balanced meal. It can be served all by itself or with a side salad and is great for using up leftover gammon or even substitute leftover chicken or pork. For other quick pasta recipes click here. This recipe serves 4 but can be easily adjusted to serve more as exact quantities of ingredients are not important for it to work.

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Ingredients:
  • 250g whole wheat dry pasta
  • Approx 1/2 head broccoli, chopped into bite sized florets (I chop the stalks and add them in too)
  • 3 rashers back bacon (6 if using streaky), chopped into 1cm squares
  • 3-4 slices of thick cut ham or gammon, chopped into cubes- here’s my Ultimate Baked Ham Recipe, far cheaper to bake your own than buy the sliced packs!!
  • Large knob of butter
  • 1 table spoon of plain flour
  • 200ml milk (approx)
  • 2 balls mozzarella, sliced (the really cheap ones are perfect- 50p at Tesco)
Method:
  • Cook the pasta according to the packet instructions minus 1 minute. For whole wheat pasta, I would normally cook for 10 minutes but for this recipe only 9 as it will cook again when baked in the oven
  • Chuck the broccoli into the pasta or place in a steamer on top for the final 5 minutes of cooking
  • Drain the pasta/ broccoli and set to one side
  • Mean while, melt the butter in a small saucepan on a low heat
  • Add the flour and keep stirring- don’t panic, it is meant to look like this!
  • Once the flour and butter are combined into a paste (a roux), add half the milk and keep stirring- don’t panic, the lumps will go, just keep stirring!!!
  • As the sauce heats up, it will become smooth and begin to thicken, at this point, add the rest of the milk
  • It might seem to go lumpy again, just keep stirring! You’ve made a basic béchamel sauce.
  • When the sauce begins to bubble, time for 2 minutes (this ensures the flour is cooked) while continuing to stir
  • In an oven proof dish, mix the pasta, broccoli, ham and sauce

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  • Top with the slices of mozzarella and bake at 180C for 10-15 minutes or until the cheese has melted and everything has warmed through

Buzymum - Ham, Broccoli & Bacon Pasta Bake just out of the oven and ready to serve

  • While it’s baking, fry off the bacon until crispy and drain on kitchen paper
  • Once assembled, this dish can be left to cool and then baked later. When baking from cold, cover (tin foil or oven-proof lid) and bake for 15 mins then remove cover for a further 5-10 minutes.
  • Sprinkle over the crispy bacon pieces just before serving

Buzymum - Pasta bake with ham, broccoli, bacon and mozzeralla

Enjoy your Ham, Broccoli & Bacon Pasta Bake!!

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