Ham and leek stovetop pasta

  • for 4 people
  • 25 minutes
This pasta dish is a homely recipe that uses seasonal leeks and costs just over £4 to make! You can freeze for up to 1 month.

Nutritional info per serving

Per serving: 568kcals, 19g fat (7.2g saturated), 36.7g protein, 71.1g carbs, 4g sugar, 3.3g salt

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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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