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If you have a busy working day, or would just prefer to spend your lunchtime relaxing rather than cooking, this recipe is perfect for you. I have also made this recipe after work when I needed a speedy tasty meal.

This recipe comes courtesy of the BBC Good Food website.


  • 500g bag farfalle
  • 50g butter, plus a little extra
  • 200g small mushrooms, halved
  • bunch spring onions, finely sliced
  • 50g plain flour
  • 500ml milk
  • 140g thickly cut ham, chopped
  • 140g mature cheddar, grated


  1. Cook the pasta according to pack instructions, then drain. Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6, then melt a little butter in a large saucepan. Fry the mushrooms for a couple of mins, then scoop out and set aside. Use some kitchen paper to wipe out the pan.
  2. Melt the remaining butter in the pan, then add most of 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. Increase 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.
  3. Tip the 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.

It went down well with everyone here at HH!

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