Cheese and Pea Penne Bake
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Cheese and Pea Penne Bake

Cheese and Pea Penne Bake

with Bacon Crumb

This Cheese and Spinach Penne Bake is a crowd pleaser and is one to get the family round the dinner table for. Super simple to make, and easily customised to suit the kids too.

Family Friendly
Cereals containing gluten

Boxes and ingredients are packed in facilities that handles Peanut, Nuts, Sesame, Fish, Crustaceans, Milk, Egg, Mustard, Celery, Soya, Gluten and Sulphites. Due to the war in Ukraine, it has been necessary to substitute sunflower oil with rapeseed oil in some products without a label change. The FSA have advised that allergic reactions to rapeseed oil are rare.

Preparation Time40 minutes
Cooking time25 minutes


serving amount

90 grams

Mature Cheddar Cheese

(Contains Milk)

180 grams

Penne Pasta

(Contains Cereals containing gluten)

120 grams


60 grams

British Smoked Bacon Lardons

25 grams


(Contains Cereals containing gluten)

10 grams

Chicken Stock Paste

150 grams

Creme Fraiche

(Contains Milk)

1 sachet(s)

Mixed Herbs

Not included in your delivery

100 milliliter(s)

Water for the Sauce


Nutritional information

Energy (kJ)3856 kJ
Energy (kcal)922 kcal
Fat48 g
of which saturates27.2 g
Carbohydrate87.3 g
of which sugars9.2 g
Protein35.4 g
Salt2.96 g
Always refer to the product label for the most accurate ingredient and allergen information.


Large Saucepan
Oven dish


Get Prepped

Preheat your oven to 220°C/200°C fan/gas mark 7.

Bring a large saucepan of water to the boil with 1/2 tsp salt for the pasta.

Grate the Cheddar cheese.

Cook the Pasta

When boiling, add the penne to the water and bring back to the boil. Cook until tender, 12 mins.

Once cooked, drain in a colander and pop back in the pan. Drizzle with oil and stir through to stop it sticking together. Set aside.

Bacon Crumb Time

Meanwhile, heat a drizzle of oil in a frying pan on high heat. Once hot, add the bacon lardons and stir-fry until lightly browned, 3-4 mins. IMPORTANT: Wash your hands and equipment after handling raw meat.

In a bowl, mix the bacon and its fat with the breadcrumbs. Season, then set aside.

Make the Sauce

Pop your (now empty) frying pan back on medium-high heat (no need to clean).

Add the chicken stock paste, creme fraiche, mixed herbs and water for the sauce (see pantry for amount) to the pan. Stir to combine. Bring to the boil, then lower the heat and simmer until slightly thickened, 2-3 mins.

Stir through half the cheese until melted. Remove from the heat.


Assemble and Bake

Stir the cooked pasta and peas into your pan of creamy sauce until combined. Add a splash of water to loosen the sauce if it's a little thick.

Pour the creamy pasta into an ovenproof dish. Sprinkle over the remaining cheese, then top evenly with the bacon crumb. Bake on the top shelf of your oven until golden, 8-10 mins. IMPORTANT: Cook bacon thoroughly.

Finish and Serve

When everything's ready, serve the penne bake between your bowls.