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Baked Ham Penne Pasta

by Milisa on March 15, 2010

Baked Ham Penne Pasta

Creamy garlic pasta with ham and cheese baked to perfection.  Sounds good, doesn’t it?  It’s pretty simple too.  You can make it ahead, refrigerate it,  and pop it in the oven when you’re ready.  This is a great way to use up leftover ham.  I always love pasta with ham and this is a tasty  alternative to ham and potato casserole.

Baked Ham Penne Pasta

Ingredients:

16 oz penne pasta

2 cups ham, chopped into small bite size pieces

4 oz Swiss cheese, shredded

1 cup milk

1 cup half and half

1 cup sour cream

3 green onions, chopped

1 roasted red pepper, diced

2 garlic cloves, minced

2 tablespoons butter

2 tablespoons flour

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

Cooking Directions:

Cook penne in boiling water until it just starts to get tender, about half way and drain.  (The pasta will continue to cook in the oven.)  In a dutch oven, or pan that you cooked the pasta in, melt butter.  Add green onion, garlic, and red pepper.  Cook for 2 minutes, add flour and stir well and cook additional 2 to 3 minutes.  Add milk, half and half and half of shredded cheese.  Cook, stirring constantly over medium high heat until sauce becomes thick and bubbly.  Remove from heat, stir in sour cream until well combined.  Add ham and pasta, stirring until pasta is well coated with sauce.  Pour into an oven safe baking dish.  Sprinkle with remaining cheese.  Bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes or until cheese starts to brown.   Serve with warm crusty bread.

Enjoy!

Miss

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