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Ham and Cheese Pasta Casserole

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November 2, 2022 | Author: Ashley McCrary

This ham and cheese pasta casserole is a creamy, cheesy, 40-minute recipe that is loved by kids and adults! The ingredients for ham mac and cheese are simple: cubed ham, macaroni pasta, frozen peas, and shredded cheese. This ham mac and cheese is ooey gooey and delicious! Topped with a crunchy cornflake mixture and baked in the oven, this easy pasta recipe will be on repeat!

an overhead shot of ham and cheese pasta casserole in a white baking dish with a silver spoon resting on the edge.

What Makes This Recipe Great

I love recipes that are quick and easy to make, and that sneak in protein and veggies without the kids complaining! This ham mac and cheese casserole combines ham, cheese, and pasta to create a simple and delicious dish that everyone will love.

This is an easy recipe that only takes 10 minutes to prepare and 30 minutes to cook. You can serve it for dinner, take it to a gathering, or serve it as a holiday side dish.

an overhead shot of ham and cheese pasta casserole in a white baking dish with a silver spoon resting on the edge.

Ingredient Notes

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Cubed Ham: I used Farmland’s fully cooked cubed ham. If you have leftover ham from a holiday meal, this will also work!

Pasta: Use corkscrew pasta, macaroni, or gluten-free pasta of choice, cooked according to the package. Most types of pasta will work with this recipe.

Dairy: I use whole milk, heavy cream, regular butter, and shredded cheese for this recipe. If you are dairy free you can substitute non-dairy alternatives. 

Frozen Peas: If don’t prefer peas, you can substitute cooked and chopped broccoli, or omit the vegetable altogether. 

Crunchy Topping (Optional)

Cornflakes: You can use Kellogg’s Cornflakes cereal or a generic alternative. 

Seasonings: Onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. 

Butter: Use regular butter or vegan butter if you prefer.

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Recipe Step by Step

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Ham and Cheese Pasta

  1. Cook macaroni or desired pasta according to the package directions. 
  2. Melt the butter in a large pot over medium heat. Whisk in flour and cook for a few minutes. Slowly add in milk and whisk to prevent lumping.  
  3. Cook for 3-5 minutes, frequently whisking until the mixture is thick.
  4. Add in the cooked pasta along with the cheese and salt and black pepper. Mix until the cheese is melted and smooth.
  5. Remove the pot from heat and stir in the cubed ham and frozen peas. Let sit until peas and ham are warm. Serve the macaroni and cheese by itself, or complete the next step for additional flavor. 

Baked with Cornflake Mixture

  1. OPTIONAL: Combine crushed cornflakes, melted butter, and seasoning in a small bowl and mix until combined. Sprinkle this mixture on top of mac and cheese.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°F. Transfer the dish to a lightly greased 9×13-inch baking dish. 
  3. Bake for 30 minutes in a 350°F oven. Serve.
an overhead shot of a white casserole dish filled with ham mac and cheese and topped with a crunchy cornflake mixture

Mac’s Pro Tips

Dairy-Free: Use dairy-free alternatives to butter, milk, cream, and cheese in the same quantities.

Storage: Store your leftover ham mac and cheese in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Add a little butter and reheat individual portions in the microwave. Give it a good stir and serve.

Recipe FAQs

Ham and Cheese Pasta Casserole: FAQs

Can I use leftover ham?

Yes! If you have leftover ham, chop it into cubes and use 2 cups for this recipe.

Can I make this recipe ahead of time?

Make this dish ahead of time by simply cooking the ham and cheese pasta first. Next, pour the pasta into a casserole dish and top it with the cornflake mixture. Then, store it in the fridge for up to 24 hours. Follow the baking instructions on the recipe card when you are ready to bake. 

How do I serve this recipe?

You can serve this recipe on its own, alongside a salad, or as a side dish for all your holiday gatherings! 

a scoop of ham mac and cheese on a white plate with silver fork

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an overhead shot of ham and cheese pasta casserole in a white baking dish with a silver spoon resting on the edge.

Ham Mac and Cheese Casserole

This ham and cheese pasta casserole is a creamy, cheesy, 40-minute recipe that is loved by kids and adults! Topped with a crunchy cornflake mixture and baked in the oven, this easy pasta recipe will be on repeat!

  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 68 servings 1x

Ingredients

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  • 1 (16-oz.) package Farmland Fully Cooked Cubed Ham
  • 8 oz corkscrew pasta or gluten-free pasta of choice, cooked according to the package
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour or gluten-free flour
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 ½3 cups shredded cheese 
  • 1 (8-oz.) bag frozen peas
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Crunchy Topping (Optional)

  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted 
  • 1 3/4 cups cornflakes cereal, crushed
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

Pasta

  1. Cook macaroni or desired pasta according to the package directions. 
  2. Melt the butter in a large pot over medium heat. Whisk in flour and cook for a few minutes. Slowly add in milk and whisk to prevent lumping.  
  3. Cook for 3-5 minutes, frequently whisking until the mixture is thick.
  4. Add in the cooked pasta along with the cheese and salt and black pepper. Mix until the cheese is melted and smooth.
  5. Remove the pot from heat and stir in the cubed ham and frozen peas. Let sit until peas and ham are warm. Serve the macaroni and cheese by itself, or complete the next step for additional flavor. 

Cornflake Mixture

  1. OPTIONAL: Combine crushed cornflakes, melted butter, and seasoning in a small bowl and mix until combined. Sprinkle this mixture on top of mac and cheese.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°F. Transfer the dish to a lightly greased 9×13-inch baking dish. 
  3. Bake for 30 minutes in a 350°F oven. Serve.

Notes

Nutrition Facts: The Nutrition facts for this recipe include the crunchy cornflake topping. 

Dairy-Free: Use dairy-free alternatives to butter, milk, cream, and cheese in the same quantities.

Storage: Store your leftover ham mac and cheese in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Add a little butter and reheat individual portions in the microwave. Give it a good stir and serve!

  • Author: Ashley McCrary
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Stovetop/Oven
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Keywords: ham and cheese pasta, ham mac and cheese


 

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Welcome to Healthy Little Peach. I’m Mac, the lady behind the recipes. I believe in living a healthy lifestyle that consists of a mix of healthy whole foods, and full-fat comfort meals. Life is too short not to enjoy good food while maintaining a healthy body and mind. Here you will find gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo, keto, and even full-fat comfort recipes. Let’s have fun in the kitchen together!

About Me

Welcome to Healthy Little Peach. I’m Mac, the lady behind the recipes. I believe in living a healthy lifestyle that consists of a mix of healthy whole foods, and full-fat comfort meals. Life is too short not to enjoy good food while maintaining a healthy body and mind. Here you will find gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo, keto, and even full-fat comfort recipes. Let’s have fun in the kitchen together!