Ham, Leek and Pasta Bake

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175g (7 oz) pasta shells
225g (9 oz) leeks, chopped
40g (1 1/2 oz) butter
40g (1 1/2 oz) flour
850ml (1 1/2 pints) semi skimmed milk
100g (4 oz) reduced fat cheddar cheese, grated
100g (4 oz) lean, honey roast ham, chopped
6 tbsp breadcrumbs
2 tbsp chives
Salt and pepper to season


  1. Pre heat the oven to 190oC, 375oF, Gas Mark 5.
  2. Cook the pasta as per the instructions on the packet. Drain and put to one side.
  3. Whilst cooking the pasta steam the chopped leeks over a pan of boiling water for 5 minutes or until tender. Drain and put to one side.
  4. Make the cheese sauce by placing the butter, flour and a little of the milk into a saucepan. Add the milk gradually whilst stirring continuously. Simmer over a medium heat, stirring until the sauce comes to the boil and thickens. Remove from the heat and add 75g (3 oz) grated cheese, salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Add the pasta, cooked leeks and chopped honey roasted ham to the sauce and stir.
  6. Place the mixture in an ovenproof dish and sprinkle over the remaining grated cheese, breadcrumbs and chives.
  7. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until the top is golden.

Total Calories : 506

Fat : 18

Protein : 28

Carbohydrates : 62