Croque Monsieur Pasta Bake

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SERVES

6 people

TIME

50 mins

INGREDIENTS

  • 70g butter
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 50g plain flour
  • 800ml milk
  • 500g fussilli, cooked to packet instructions
  • 200g thinly sliced ham, chopped
  • 2 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tsp white pepper
  • 400g gruyere, half grated half cut into chunks
  • 200g emmental

Croque Monsieur, or "crispy mister" en francais - bechamel, mustard, Swiss cheese and ham. Normally a sandwich, but perfectly suited to that other carby vehicle, pasta. Yes please!

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  2. In a large saucepan, heat the butter until foaming and fry the garlic until fragrant. Add the flour and cook out for around 20 seconds.
  3. Add the milk slowly, beating it in thoroughly as you go. Use a whisk if necessary. Bring to the simmer and take off the heat.
  4. Add the pasta, ham, mustard, seasoning and stir thoroughly, then add the gruyere and fold it in.
  5. Pour half into an ovenproof dish and add the gruyere cubes and top with the rest of the pasta.
  6. Sprinkle the emmental on top and bake for around 30 minutes.