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Cheat's macaroni cheese with ham, peas and Stilton

  • Serves 4
  • Prep 5 mins
  • Total time 25 mins
4.1/5 rating (14 votes)
Macaroni cheese with ham, peas and stilton
Cheat's macaroni cheese with ham, peas and Stilton

step by step

  • 1Preheat the oven to 220°C, fan 200°C, gas 7. Bring a pan of salted water to the boil. Cook the macaroni for 8-10 minutes or until just tender. 
  • 2Meanwhile heat the cheese sauce in a largeish pan and stir in the nutmeg. Drain the pasta, mix with the hot cheese sauce, the ham, peas, Stilton or cheddar, and some seasoning. Pile into an ovenproof dish.
  • 3Scatter with the breadcrumbs and bake for 15 minutes or until bubbling and golden. At the same time, melt the butter until sizzling in a frying pan and cook the sage until crispy. Scatter the sage over the breadcrumbs before serving. Serve with a crisp salad or some steamed green beans. Any leftovers can be popped in the freezer for another day.
  • Recipe by Kate Titford. Recipe photograph by Richard Jung

You will need

  • 275g dried macaroni
  • 700g ready-made fresh three cheese sauce
  • a grating of whole nutmeg
  • 110g cooked ham, chopped
  • 75g frozen petits pois
  • 40g crumbled Stilton or grated cheddar
  • 50g chunky white or ready-made breadcrumbs
  • a large knob of butter
  • 8 fresh sage leaves

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