Mac ‘n’ hock-a-roni cheese

Contains pork – recipe is for non-Muslims only
Make a cheat’s cheese sauce to whip up this favourite pasta bake in half an hour – add a twist with ham hock and peas

  • Prep:5 mins
    Cook:25 mins
  • Serves 4
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 717
  • fat 24g
  • saturates 14g
  • carbs 86g
  • sugars 5g
  • fibre 9g
  • protein 37g
  • salt 2.7g


  • 400g macaroni
  • 140g frozen peas
  • 140g light mascarpone
  • 1 heaped tbsp English mustard
  • 140g Gruyère or cheddar, grated
  • 2 x 90g packs pulled ham hock, or 175g shredded ham
  • 4-6 tbsp dried breadcrumbs


  1. Cook the macaroni following pack instructions, adding the peas for the final 3 mins. Drain, reserving a mug of cooking water, then tip the macaroni and peas back into the pan.

  2. Heat grill to medium. Put the pan back on the heat and tip in the mascarpone, mustard and most of cheese. Mix well and add enough of the reserved cooking water to make a creamy sauce that coats the pasta without it looking dry. Stir in the ham and season to taste.

  3. Tip into an ovenproof dish and scatter over the breadcrumbs and remaining cheese, then grill for 5 mins until golden.

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