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10 Minute Meal – Filled Pasta with Gammon and Mushrooms

This isn’t really a recipe, more compilation instructions but either way, it’s a little bit of something different to do with some filled pasta that takes barely any time or effort for a quick after work meal. I used a mushroom filled pasta here but you could use whichever variety you prefer – I like a pumpkin/butternut and sage affair.



1 pack Mushroom Tortelloni
1 Gammon Steak
8-10 large Mushrooms
1 tbsp Butter
1/2 tsp Garlic Paste
2 tbsp Low Fat Creme Fraiche
Sea Salt Flakes

Put the kettle on to boil ready to boil the pasta.

Cut 1 Gammon Steak into bit size pieces and add to a frying pan on a high heat with a few sprays of Frylight.  Cut 8-10 large Mushrooms into thick slices while stirring the gammon around the pan every so often so it cooks evenly and doesn’t stick.

Put the now boiled water into a saucepan on a high heat and add 1 pack Mushroom Tortelloni to the pan. Keep an eye on it to ensure it doesn’t boil over while continuing to cook the gammon. Turn the heat down if needs be.

Add the sliced mushrooms to the gammon and fry until soft and a little browned.

Remove the mushrooms and gammon to a plate and put to the side.

Drain the now cooked pasta.

Tip – It cooks in about 4-5 minutes and you’ll see when it ready when it all floats to the surface and pales in colour all over.

Put the frying pan back on the heat with 1 tbsp Butter and 1/2 tsp Garlic Paste. Add the drained pasta and gently fry for a couple of minutes until the pasta browns a little on the edges.  Be careful not to burn the garlic – turn the heat down if if starts to catch.

Add the gammon and mushrooms back to the pan with the pasta and stir to reheat for a minute.   Add 2 tbsp Low Fat Creme Fraiche to the pan and stir to coat the pasta etc.

Season with Sea Salt Flakes to taste and serve.


Skinny Mac’n’Cheese Side Dish (or Full Meal with Gammon and Mushrooms)

I love a good bit of macaroni cheese and I’m not prepared to give it up fully when I’m a calorie-counting/weight-loss mission. So I did some research, tallied it up and found that I can have mac’n’cheese in moderation, as a side without meaning that I can’t eat much for the rest of the day.

I do sometime add veggies like caramelised onion and sauteed mushrooms to the basic mix – you could add some bacon or chicken and double the recipe to make it into a full meal.

 This version doesn’t have a crunchy breadcrumb topping and I don’t bake it, partially to keep the calories down and partially because I’m not patient enough to wait for food which is totally edible straight out of the saucepan.

I most regularly have this with a gammon steak or chop as the salty/cheesy combo is delicious.

Serves 1 – 337 kcal
(With Gammon Steak and Mushrooms – 604 kcal)



50g Macaroni (or any other pasta you fancy really)
100ml Skimmed Milk
1/2 tsp English Mustard Powder (or wet mustard)
1 tsp Cornflour (Cornstarch)
40g Reduced Fat (30%) Mature Cheddar Cheese
1/2 tsp Sea Salt Flakes

Start by boiling a kettle of water and meanwhile putting a small saucepan with a little water onto a medium high heat to pre warm. Once the water is boiling, add 50g Macaroni, give it a little stir to separate the pasta and leave to boil for circa 12 minutes.

Tip – I warm a pan whilst I’m waiting for the kettle to boil as this saves a minute or so more than if you put fresh boiled water into a cold pan. 

Tip – If you are adding vegetables or some meat to the dish, put this onto cook now.

Tip – Salting pasta water is supposed to be the be all and end all of cooking pasta but when you’re coating it in cheese sauce, I’ve never been able to tell the difference, just make sure the sauce is well seasoned. Or add salt to the water if you like.

Whilst the pasta is cooking, make a slurry with 1/2 tsp English Mustard Powder, 1 tsp Cornflour and a little cold water.

Tip – A slurry is a paste, in this case you are looking for the consistency of double cream. 

Take another small pan and add 100ml Skimmed Milk, the mustard/cornflour slurry and put on a medium heat stirring gently until hot and slightly thickened.


Chop 40g Reduced Fat (30%) Mature Cheddar Cheese into little chunks and add to the thickened milk and carry on stirring until the cheese has melted and it is thick and bubbling.

Tip – Try not to boil the sauce for more than a few seconds as it may separate. Not the end of the world but not so attractive to eat. 


By this time, the pasta should be cooked (I like mine quite soft, I’m not really a fan of ‘al dente’ but stick with your preference) so drain it using a small sieve or colander and add the pasta to the sauce.

Tip – I own a children’s colander for draining single servings of pasta – using a full size one for this makes my teeth itch and unnecessarily fills the dishwasher!


Add  1/2 tsp Sea Salt Flakes, bit by bit until the sauce is seasoned to your preference.

Tip – When seasoning bear in mind what you are serving this with – I will go much easier on the salt if I’m having it with salty gammon than if I’m adding in some chicken. 

Serve as desired. In my case, a gammon steak cooked in the time it took to boil the pasta and make the sauce. I cooked the mushrooms around the gammon steak.