This broccoli and ham pasta bake always goes down well with children and adults.
325G/12oz pasta e.g. penne Half teaspoon salt 200g/8oz broccoli washed and broken into small ﬂorets 100g/4oz Cheddar cheese (or Danish Blue or Parmesan) – grated 250g tub x mascarpone cheese 250g/9oz uncooked ham – diced 75ml/3ﬂ t oz milk 25g/1oz butter 75g-100g/3-4oz Italian Breadcrumbs (try Shropshire Spice English Sage & Roast Onion Stuffing mix instead of breadcrumbs) Salt & pepper
Cook the pasta in a saucepan of boiling water for 10/12 minutes, or according to packet instructions, adding the salt. Add the broccoli to the pan for the last 3 minutes of cooking time. Drain thoroughly in a colander and transfer into a large ovenproof dish. Add the butter to a frying pan and fry the ham until crisp. Stir into the pasta mix. In a bowl mix the milk with the mascarpone cheese and half of the grated cheese. Put spoonfuls on the top of the pasta, ﬁnally ﬁnishing with the last 2oz of the grated cheese and place under a hot grill for 5/10 minutes until the cheese is melted and the sauce has seeped through the pasta. Sprinkle the Italian Breadcrumbs liberally over the top. Return to the grill until the breadcrumbs are crisp and golden.