Ham and Cheese Bake

    45 minutes

    This is a heartier version of homemade macaroni and cheese with bow tie pasta. This is the perfect use for leftover ham. Serve with a light salad.

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    Serves: 6 

    • 250g farfalle (bow tie) pasta
    • 65g butter
    • 1 clove garlic, minced
    • 1/4 cup (30g) plain flour
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
    • 2 cups (500ml) milk
    • 1/2 teaspoon prepared mustard
    • 2 1/2 cups grated Cheddar cheese
    • 125g cooked ham, julienned
    • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

    Preparation:20min  ›  Cook:25min  ›  Ready in:45min 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C.
    2. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.
    3. In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Saute garlic 30 seconds. Whisk in flour, salt and pepper. Cook and stir until smooth. Pour in milk, a little at a time, stirring constantly. Bring to a boil for 1 minute. Stir in mustard and cheese. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally until cheese is melted. Remove from heat and stir in pasta and ham.
    4. Pour into a baking dish. Sprinkle with Parmesan.
    5. Bake 20 to 25 minutes until bubbly and golden.

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    Ok, I did this a lot differently. First of all, you should probably add more pasta if you don't want too much of the sauce. I omitted the mustard. I added 1 cup colby and 1/1/2 cup mozzarella and then salt, pepper and italian seasonings. Oh ya, and peas. Was a great dish, will definately make again. This is a good recipe to keep around just for the fact that you can do so much with it(use it as a base). Maybe add chicken or turkey and/or french cut green beans next time. Maybe top it off with some sliced cherry tomatoes.  -  16 May 2005  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    We had a big ham for Christmas with lots of leftovers to use up. This recipe had all the ingredients that my family loves, ham, cheese, noodles, garlic, I mean what’s not to like? And the added bonus was that I had all the ingredients on hand. Which meant no trip needed to the grocery store! Gotta love that! I followed the recipe exactly as stated and it turned out really yummy! Cheesy, gooey, and warm on a cold, stormy, winter night! Served with a big green salad. Will serve with some rolls next time too. My husband’s only complaint was that it was a tad salty. So the next time I make this I won’t add salt to the pasta water when I cook the noodles, and I won’t be adding any salt to the recipe. The Parmesan cheese and ham provide more than enough salt for this dish. One added bonus about this recipe is that while the noodles are cooking you can make up the sauce and slice the ham; then while the dish is baking in the oven you have just enough time to clean up the dirty pan from the sauce, tidy up the kitchen, set the table and toss the salad; then after dinner there’s only the casserole dish, the dinner plates and utensils to wash up! Nice! Thanks for sharing this recipe! We’ll be making this one again!  -  28 Dec 2006  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    I was looking for an easy recipe to use up some leftover ham and came across this one...glad I did! The whole family (3 kids) enjoyed it and wanted seconds...and THAT doesn't happen often! I followed the recipe with the exception of using whole wheat pasta, dijon instead of reg. mustard, and a colby/jack blend of cheese. Next time, I'll be doubling the recipe. We'll be making this often.  -  30 Oct 2006  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)