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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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