Ham and leek pasta

  • Serves 4 people
  • 25 minutes
  • Easy
This pasta recipe is made like risotto – the pasta absorbs the flavours of the stock, ham and leeks to add a savoury depth. It's easy and costs just over £4 to make!

Nutritional info per serving

  • Calories568kcals
  • Fat19g (7.2g saturated)
  • Protein36.7g
  • Carbohydrates71.1g (4g sugar)
  • Salt3.3g

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  • 300g gammon steak, trimmed of fat and cubed
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 30g butter
  • 3 medium leeks, washed and sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 tsp shredded fresh sage
  • 350g dried macaroni or other small pasta shapes
  • 1.2 litres chicken or vegetable stock, hot


  1. In a large frying pan, sauté the gammon in the oil and butter until golden. Reduce the heat slightly and add the leeks. Cook, stirring, for 2 minutes, then add the garlic and sage, and cook for 1 minute.
  2. Add the pasta and keep stirring around for 1-2 minutes, then pour in enough stock to just cover the pasta. Cover and simmer gently for 8-10 minutes, stirring and adding more stock as the pasta absorbs it, until it's al dente. Season and serve.
  • Vegetarians, replace the gammon with 300g frozen Quorn pieces, thawed, and follow the recipe as normal.
  • You can freeze for up to 1 month. Thaw but only reheat the pasta for 5 minutes so it’s not overcooked.

From March 2008

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