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Ham-Cheese Pasta
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A very quick tasty alternative to a ready meal

Ham and Cheese carbonara

Plain Flour40g
Mild cheddar cheese100g
Dry pasta (shells, penne or twirls)420g
Ham slices10 (small)

A very quick tasty alternative to a ready meal, probably quicker to make and certainly a lot cheaper and better for you and your kids. his is a very flexible and robust recipe that is hard to get wrong. You donít need ham for the top, because you can use bacon, or tuna, mushrooms or sweetcorn, and it can be made with a range of cheeses to suit any taste.
. . . Although no weighing scales are needed for this recipe, the weights and measures are given for your convenience.

This recipe should serve one adult and three hungry kids.

How to make it

Fill a large saucepan about 1/3 full with water and heat. Youíll need about a standard sized mug of pasta shells per person. When the water is on the boil add the pasta and turn the pan down to a simmer (a few bubbles but not fast boiling). Roll two or three slices of ham per person and slice crosswise into bits.
. . . Melt a large knob of butter in a small saucepan(weight is actually 50g but it only has to be about this much; the picture shows amount of butter needed on a dinner knife, a block about 50mm x 50mm x 20mm).
. . .Take the pan off the heat and add about half a standard sized mug of flour to the melted butter and mix until you have a thick paste. Add one mug of milk to the pan and mix in, till the mixture is smooth then return to the heat and add another mug of milk while mixing, reduce the heat and stir till the sauce thickens. Now turn the heat right down.
. . . Grate enough cheese to half fill a standard sized mug and add to the pan, keep on the heat, and stir until the cheese is melted in. Make sure the pasta is cooked (it should be softened but not too squishy) then drain off the water and add the cheese sauce, stir round to make sure the pasta is covered in sauce. Serve onto plates and sprinkle the ham pieces on top. If you like extra cheese, then grate some on top of the completed dish.
. . . You donít have to stick to ham, grilled chicken pieces or chopped grilled crispy bacon are also lovely with Cheese Pasta.

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Cooking for guests
As a man, thereís something nice about cooking for appreciative guests. Perhaps itís because it gives you an excuse to show off; or maybe itís the chance of acting out a little theatre in the kitchen, or conceivably itís the fulfilling of that primordial hunter gather drive to provide sustenance.

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Whatever it is, cooking someone a meal can be such a great pleasure for both you and the person you are cooking it for. Even better if you are able to cook while your guest or guests are actually with you so that you can get them involved in the food preparation, it certainly breaks the ice and is a good way to get the conversation going. Thereís also something about moving into a new place and cooking your first few proper meals, it really does make a place feel more like home.

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Try Eggs Benedict one night when itís late and your guest fancies a snack, or perhaps for one of those late morning posh breakfasts with coffee and juice. Itís a very simple meal to make, but so rich and glorious, it will always cause a stir and stick in the memory for a long while. But then, why not try the Seared Tuna Ahi. Personally I never really liked fish, but then one day I tried seared Tuna Ahi steak and I was converted. Itís the most simple meal and to those watching you make it, appears as if you have conjured up a little slice of culinary heaven from thin air in about 10 minutes (this is a great meal to whip up on the barbeque just as easily).

Eggs Benedict

And if you have a good recipe of your own, why not send it in to us so that you can share it with all those other dads wanting to cook for grown ups.
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