Pasta in a cheese and veggie sauce

This is one of those ‘throw together’ meals I do when I’m short on time or ingredients! The basis of this recipe gives you loads of options to add whatever you have lying around- tinned tuna, frozen prawns, frozen peas, tinned sweetcorn etc all work nicely! So this is what I had in today so this is today’s version of this basic recipe!!


8-10 mushrooms

8-10 baby sweetcorn

1 red pepper

3-4 handfuls of baby spinach

350g pasta

40g plus a large nob of butter

40g plain flour

3/4 pint of milk

Salt and Pepper


40g cheddar

10g Parmesan

Peel and slice the mushrooms, cut the pepper into small cubes, cut the baby sweetcorn into 2cm pieces

In a large frying pan heat a nob of butter

Add the mushrooms, baby sweetcorn and pepper and cook on a medium heat for 10 mins or more, stirring occasionally.

Add a little parsley too if you like!

Meanwhile- Bring a pan of water to the boil

Add the pasta, bring back to the boil and simmer until cooked

Meanwhile- melt 40g of butter in a pan

Add the flour and stir to combine. Keep stirring and cook for a minute or two to get rid of the ‘flour taste’

Add the milk a little at a time whisking constantly with a balloon whisk

Keep whisking until it thickens up

Meanwhile- add a few handfuls of spinach to the frying pan and stir to wilt it

Grate the cheddar and Parmesan into the sauce along with a little salt and plenty of black pepper. Stir to melt the cheese.

Drain the pasta and put it back into the pan

Add the veg into the same pan

Pour over the cheese sauce and stir through to coat the pasta.

Enjoy!! Easy!

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