Cheesy Ham Bow Tie Pasta is a quick and easy ham casserole perfect for dinner! Cheesy casserole recipe with noodles and ham. It’s perfect for when you have leftover ham. The creamy cheese sauce that smothers the pasta and ham is amazing!
Cheesy Ham Casserole with Bow Tie Pasta
Casseroles are a mainstay in our house this time of year because when the whole family is running in different directions with after school activities and work stuff sometimes I think it’s a small miracle that we can all meet at the table for dinner! Having go-to casserole recipes like this Cheesy Ham Casserole makes it easy to get dinner on the table instead of ordering pizza or take-out, which sometimes is so tempting when it seems like there’s no time to cook. Thank you, casseroles, thank you! This cheesy casserole is comforting, filling and only takes 20 minutes to prep before it goes in the oven.
After making One Pot Ham & Penne Skillet and scalloped potatoes I found this recipe that I wanted to try with some leftover Baked Ham. The hubby absolutely loves cheese, especially mac n cheese so I figured this was the perfect recipe because it’s basically glorified mac n cheese with ham. My ham and cheese tortellini is another great way to use up leftover ham!
It was super easy to whip up after work and you should have most of these ingredients already in your house. If you don’t have Colby cheese you can use whatever cheese you have in your fridge. I served peas on the side but if you get really crazy and daring you can mix them right in. No Parmesan cheese? Use some bread crumbs. The possibilities with this recipe are endless.
My family loves this creamy cheesy casserole and I think your’s will, too!
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What is in Ham Casserole?
- farfalle (bowtie) pasta
- salt and pepper
- prepared mustard
- Colby cheese
- cooked ham
- Parmesan cheese
Pasta: I used farfalle pasta which look like little bowties, but you can use any kind of short pasta shape for this recipe. Penne, gemelli, cavatappi (corkscrew), small shells, oriecchiette (little ears), rotini and macaroni all work, too! So, use what you have in your pantry.
Cheese: I like to use Colby cheese for this recipe, but any good melting cheese will work. You can substitute cheddar cheese, provolone, American cheese, and Swiss cheese. For a fancier twist, you could try Gruyere, Fontina or smoked cheddar!
Ham: This recipe is great for using up leftover ham, but you don’t have to wait until you cook a ham to make it! You can buy packages of diced cooked ham at the grocery store. Look for it near the deli section.
Parmesan Cheese or breadcrumbs: If I don’t have grated Parmesan cheese on hand I substitute breadcrumbs and sprinkle those over the top instead. Both work great!
How do I make Ham Casserole?
- First, boil the pasta until it’s al dente. Al dente means it’s cooked through but still firm. Drain the pasta once it’s cooked
- To make the sauce, first, melt the butter in a large oven-safe pan over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook it in the oil for a minute or so. Sprinkle the flour and salt and pepper and whisk them with the butter until smooth.
- While stirring constantly, slowly pour in the milk and whisk it with the flour-butter mixture. Boil the mixture for one minute. Add the mustard and Colby cheese. Stir until the cheese is melted and then remove the pan from the heat.
- Add the pasta and ham and stir until the pasta is coated in the sauce. Sprinkle the Parmesan cheese over the top. Bake the casserole for 30 minutes at 350 degrees F or until it’s bubbling and golden on top.
What tools do I need to make Ham Casserole?
- large pot for boiling the pasta
- large oven-safe pan
- liquid measuring cup
What is in a casserole?
Basically, a casserole is a meal that is cooked in a baking dish in the oven. The one I’m sharing is a pasta casserole but there are casseroles made with rice or other starches like potatoes. They can have all kinds of different veggies and proteins added, too. There’s no shortage of casserole recipes at our house. We love Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole and Vegetable Casserole, too!
What’s the difference between a stew and a casserole?
Stews are usually cooked on the stovetop and casseroles are baked in the oven.
What’s the difference between hot dish and casserole?
They’re similar but not the same! A hot dish is usually made with meat (often ground beef), a creamy soup, vegetables and potatoes like tater tots. Although, there are tons of variations! Casseroles, on the other hand, sometimes don’t have meat and may be made with rice or pasta.
Comforting Cheesy Ham Casserole – it just sounds so delicious, right? Once you try it I’m sure it will go in your dinner rotation! Want more recipes? Check out a few more of our favorites!
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- 16 oz farfalle pasta
- 1/4 c. butter
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 1/4 c. all-purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/8 tsp ground black pepper
- 2 c. milk
- 1/2 tsp prepared mustard
- 2 c. shredded Colby cheese
- 2 c. cooked ham cubed
- 1/4 c. grated Parmesan cheese
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta & cook 8-10 minutes or until al dente, drain.
- In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Saute garlic for 30 seconds. Whisk in flour, salt & pepper. Cook & stir until smooth. Pour in milk, a little at a time, stirring constantly. Bring to a boil for 1 minute. Stir in mustard & Colby. Continue to cook stirring occasionally until cheese is melted. Remove from heat & stir in ham & pasta. Pour into a baking dish. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top.
- Bake 30 minutes or until bubbly & golden.