Cheesy Bacon & Mushroom Pasta Bake

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Pasta with mushrooms and crispy bacon baked with a cheese sauce until golden and bubbling.


  • 250g of value smoked back bacon, chopped
  • 4 closed cup mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 80g of cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 small onion (approx 110g), coarsely chopped
  • 100g of value pasta shapes
  • 250ml of milk
  • 25g plain white flour
  • 25g margarine/butter
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • Serves: 2
  • Course: Main Course
  • Preparation time: 10 mins
  • Cooking time: 30 mins
  • Oven temp: 180c
  • Price per person: £1.41
  • Store cupboard: Basic
  • Calories per serving: 924
  • 5-a-day per serving: 0.9
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  1. Preheat the oven. Cook the pasta according to the packet instructions.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a frying pan and fry the bacon for 5-6 minutes or until crispy. Remove from the pan and set aside.
  3. In the same frying pan, fry the onion and mushrooms for 3-4 minutes, or until soft. Remove from the pan and set aside.
  4. Once the pasta is cooked, drain and set aside.
  5. To make the cheese sauce, melt 25g margarine or butter in a saucepan. Stir in the flour and cook over a medium heat for 1 minute. Turn down the heat and add only as much milk as the mixture can absorb to make a slightly smoother paste. Work the paste into a smooth and glossy consistency before adding a little more milk. Repeat until the paste has a creamy consistency. Gradually stir in the remaining milk and turn up the heat. Bring to the boil and simmer, stirring constantly, until the sauce develops a thicker consistency. Stir in 50g cheddar cheese and season with salt and pepper.
  6. Stir the cooked pasta, mushrooms, onion and bacon into the cheese sauce and transfer to an ovenproof dish. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese and bake for 10-15 minutes or until the top is golden.

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