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Pasta Alfredo

pasta alfredo

pasta alfredo

savoury pasta bake
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Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 20 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: budget meals, cheap family recipes, pasta bake
Servings: 4 servings
Cost per portion 20p
Calories: 525.57kcal
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  • 25 g lard
  • 25 g flour
  • pint water or use a stock cube
  • 60 g cheddar
  • 15 g Grana Padano
  • 1 tsp mustard powder
  • 50 g bacon
  • 400 g pasta


  • First, put your pasta on to boil, and cook as per packet instructions
  • Make a roux with the lard and flour. Add the hot stock in about 4 goes.
  • Between each addition of stock stir the mixture until all the liquid incorporates into the flour and lard. (If you lift the pan off the heat and beat hard with a wooden spoon after the liquid is incorporated your sauce will be beautifully glossy).
  • By the time all the liquid is added you should have a sauce which will coat the back of a spoon. If not add more water or stock.
  • Stir in the mustard and most of the cheese. Leave a spoonful of cheese for the top.
  • Fry finely chopped bacon. Add cooked bacon to the sauce and season sauce with pepper and salt. Stir sauce into cooked pasta.
  • Put saucy pasta in baking dish.
  • Top with remaining cheese.
  • Cook in oven at 180 degrees until there are nice brown crunchy bits on the top.


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Nutrition Facts
pasta alfredo
Amount Per Serving
Calories 525.57 Calories from Fat 114
% Daily Value*
Fat 12.69g20%
Saturated Fat 5.74g36%
Cholesterol 26.55mg9%
Sodium 243.23mg11%
Potassium 275.76mg8%
Carbohydrates 80.39g27%
Fiber 3.62g15%
Sugar 2.86g3%
Protein 20.66g41%
Vitamin A 493.28IU10%
Vitamin C 2.21mg3%
Calcium 188.05mg19%
Iron 1.79mg10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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