Ham & Cheese Ziti

ham and cheese pastaTrying to use up that leftover Easter ham? Here's a recipe that tosses it with pasta and cheese for a great family meal. Even if you don't have leftovers, this recipe is worth going out and buying some.

It's an easy one to whip up for a quick family meal. Also, it makes a good meal to take to a new mother as it's not spicy, it's easy to heat up, and most children like it. Plus, it contains spinach, so it's a complete meal. Here's the recipe from Taste of Home. It calls for ziti, but you can use most any shape pasta you choose.

  • 1 package (16 ounces) ziti or any pasta (my kids like rotini)
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups 2% milk
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded white cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 cups cubed fully cooked ham
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry

Prepare ziti according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a Dutch oven, melt butter. Stir in flour until smooth; gradually add milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Reduce heat; stir in the cheeses, garlic powder, and pepper; cook and stir until cheese is melted.

Drain ziti; add to sauce mixture. Stir in ham and spinach. Transfer to a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Bake, uncovered, at 375°F for 20-25 minutes or until heated through. Yield: 6 servings.

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