Pasta with Cheese and Ham Sauce

Serves 2

Preparation time 15 minutes.
Cooking time about 15 minutes.

We used the 1 litre Thermoglass™ dish, Microsafe® lid, 2 saucepans and Decor trivet.

200 grams small pasta such as macaroni
30 grams butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
100 grams ham, diced
2 tablespoons plain flour
2 cups milk
1¼ cups grated tasty (or melting type) cheese

Cook the pasta in plenty of salted boiling water in a saucepan until just tender. Drain. While the pasta is cooking, melt butter and oil in a saucepan and gently fry the onion until softened. Add ham and stir to coat. Scatter flour on top and fry, stirring for a few minutes. Pour in milk and stir until it comes to a boil and is lightly thickened. Turn the heat low and let cook for about 3 minutes. Remove from the heat. Add the pasta and ¾ of the cheese. Stir well. Spoon into the Thermoglass™ dish and scatter the remaining cheese on top. Let cool. Cover securely with the Microsafe® lid, steam vent closed. Keeps well in the refrigerator for up to 48 hours. Reheat as needed and serve.

To reheat

Click open steam vent on the Microsafe® lid and microwave on high until piping hot. Or remove Microsafe® lid and reheat in a moderate oven (180°C) for about 12 minutes until hot through and golden brown on top. Rest hot Thermoglass™ dish on Decor trivet.

Note: For a work lunch, spoon portion into a 540 ml Thermoglass™ dish and cover with Microsafe® lid for reheating in microwave. Before reheating, click open steam vent.

Optional extra garnishing
Before reheating, scatter the top with 8 halved cherry tomatoes and an additional ½ cup grated tasty cheese. Before serving, scatter with 2 tablespoons roughly chopped parsley.