Pesto Chicken, Smoked Ham and Pea Pasta Bake

I went into my new Waitrose store yesterday and picked up some fantastic bargains - I think I will be shopping there every Tuesday! Not only the cooked pesto chicken and gorgeous smoked ham for this recipe, but also 200g blueberries for 65p and 150g Blackcurrants for 80p - A Summer Berry Loaf to come I think!!

On to this recipe, well it's not really a recipe, I just made it up as I went along, and it was fantastic. Hubby's Brother strategically called around just as I was serving up, so he stayed for a nibble too -and loved it. We also used some fresh garden peas from the allotment.

400g Pasta
350g Cooked Pesto Chicken fillets, chopped
150g Smoked Ham, chopped
150g Fresh Peas - from the allotment!!!
50g Butter
Small red onion, chopped
50g Flour
600ml Milk
150g Cheddar
Handful of Parmesan

Step 1: Cook pasta according to packet and add peas for last minute of cooking, drain and reserve
Step 2: Meanwhile, melt butter and fry onion until soft, add flour and stir for 1 minute, then gradually add milk. Bring to the boil to thicken then take off heat and add cheese, chicken, ham, peas and pasta
Step 3: Tip into oven proof dish , sprinkle with Parmesan and grill for 5 minutes


  1. Beth, this looks delish...creamy, nice topping and colourful.

  2. That sounds so comforting

  3. Ohhhhhh I'm sick and that looks soooooooooooo good!

    You are a clever cookie though cos that's such a great recipe, kinda carbonara-come-macaroni cheese which is everything I love in a pasta dish!

    And what a good deal on your berries, especially from Waitrose, look forward to seeing what you do with them : ) xx

  4. Ah Waitrose - the only thing that makes it better is when you get things on discount. :) Looks like a great, quick dinner time dish.

  5. Oh Beth - you have me craving pasta and it's nearly 11:00 pm. This looks delicious!

  6. This is my idea of comfort food, delish!


  7. This is a great comfort dish Beth!! I've just posted a berry cake isn't that strange ;0)

  8. Yummy!

  9. You picked up some bargains! Lovely looking dish you've made - yum!

  10. I love pasta bakes, and this one looks and sounds delish.

    Lucky you to have a Waitrose nearby, sounds like you got a great deal on the berries.


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