The evenings are darker, the Winter jumpers are out of hibernation, and the heating is on. This is the perfect time to try out a wholesome and mouth-watering ham and leek tagliatelle recipe. Its rich and creamy texture is a hit with the little ones and it’s super warming for the Autumn.
Benefits of tagliatelle for children:
Most children love pasta – but how good is it for them?
For one, it’s rich in carbohydrates, which are great for meeting high energy needs of rapidly growing children. One serving of pasta also contains around a third of a toddler’s daily protein needs, which helps build muscles, aids the growth of hair & nails, and boosts the immune system to help keep the body healthy.
The cream cheese in this recipe is also a good source of protein and calcium, so tuck in, and enjoy the flavours.
Ham and leek tagliatelle recipe
- 2 medium leeks thinly sliced
- 1 tbsp water
- Pinch pepper
- 200g mushrooms sliced
- 2 garlic cloves crushed
- 300g spaghetti
- 140g cream cheese
- 85g wafer thin smoked ham shredded (has to be 80% meat)
- Small pack of basil
- 25g grated parmesan
1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan.
2. Add the leeks, water and pepper, cover and cook for 5 minutes until softened.
3. Add the mushrooms and garlic and cook for a further 3 minutes.
4. Meanwhile, cook the spaghetti according to the pack instructions.
5. Drain the pasta when cooked, and save a little of the cooking liquid.
6. Add the soft cheese and mushroom mixture to the remaining pasta cooking liquid.
7. Add the ham, basil and parmesan.
8. Toss in the spaghetti and serve.
Print the recipe here so you can make it yourself.
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