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Ham and Cheddar Pasta Bake

 Ham and Garlic Cheddar Pasta Bake is an incredibly delicious dinner.  Leftover ham is the star of the show in this amazing and comforting casserole that the entire family will love!

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This easy pasta casserole is one of our Best Leftover Ham Recipes and is sure to be a family pleasing meal for any day of the week.

Ham and Garlic Cheddar Pasta Bake Recipe from Miss in the Kitchen

Ham and Cheddar Pasta Bake ~ Cheesy Pasta Casserole

A rich and creamy cheddar pasta sauce with chunks of smoky ham and pasta makes a tasty dinner that is really simple to make. Serve it up with a green salad and garlic bread for a complete meal.

Ingredients for Ham and Cheddar Pasta Bake:

  • Ham
  • Pasta ~ medium shells, macaroni or bow ties
  • Butter
  • Onion
  • Minced Garlic
  • All purpose flour
  • Kosher salt
  • Black pepper
  • Milk
  • Cream cheese
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Fresh thyme

How to Make Ham and Cheddar Pasta Bake:

  • Cook pasta for 4 to 6 minutes in boiling water. Drain and set aside.
    In a skillet melt 1 tablespoon butter in a skillet and cook onion over medium heat. Stir occasionally until onions start to caramelize.
  • In a saucepan, melt 2 tablespoons butte over medium heat. Cook minced garlic about 1 minute, whisk in flour, salt and pepper.
  • Cook for about 2 minutes and whisk in milk and cream cheese. When cream cheese is melted and sauce starts to thicken, stir in shredded cheddar until melted and well combined. Remove from heat.
  • Stir pasta, onions and cheese sauce together and add to a 9″ x 13″ baking pan. Bake for 20 minutes or until heated through.
  • Garnish with fresh thyme and serve immediately.

Notes and Variations:

  • Yield: 6 Servings
  • Cheese Variations: Swiss cheese, Smoked Gouda or Colby Jack are also great options for this casserole.
  • Store: Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 3 days.
  • Reheat: Cook in a pan with a tablespoon or two of milk over medium heat, stirring often until heated through.

Easy Recipes for Leftover Ham:

If you have leftover ham, this creamy and delicious Ham and Cheddar Pasta Bake is a great dinner that the whole family will love. 

Ham and Garlic Cheddar Pasta Bake from Miss in the Kitchen

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Yield: 6 Servings

Ham and Cheddar Pasta Bake

Ham and Cheddar Pasta Bake

 Ham and Garlic Cheddar Pasta Bake is an incredibly delicious dinner.  Leftover ham is the star of the show in this amazing and comforting casserole that the entire family will love!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ham, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 pound medium shells pasta (or your favorite pasta)
  • 3 tablespoons butter, divided use
  • 1 medium- sized onion sliced thin
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 4 oz cream cheese, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 8 oz cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta for 4 to 6 minutes in boiling water. Drain and set aside.
    In a skillet melt 1 tablespoon butter in a skillet and cook onion over medium heat. Stir occasionally until onions start to caramelize.
  2. In a saucepan, melt 2 tablespoons butte over medium heat. Cook minced garlic about 1 minute, whisk in flour, salt and pepper.
  3. Cook for about 2 minutes and whisk in milk and cream cheese. When cream cheese is melted and sauce starts to thicken, stir in shredded cheddar until melted and well combined. Remove from heat.
  4. Stir pasta, onions and cheese sauce together and add to a 9" x 13" baking pan.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes or until heated through.
  6. Garnish with fresh thyme and serve immediately.

Notes

  • Cheese Variations: Swiss cheese, Smoked Gouda or Colby Jack are also great options for this casserole.
  • Store: Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 3 days.
  • Reheat: Cook in a pan with a tablespoon or two of milk over medium heat, stirring often until heated through.
  • Nutrition Information:

    Yield:

    6

    Serving Size:

    1

    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 562Total Fat: 32gSaturated Fat: 17gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 128mgSodium: 1337mgCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 2gSugar: 7gProtein: 34g

    Nutritional calculations are estimated and may not be accurate.

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