Ham and Cheese Bake
  • 1 lb. pasta like penne or spiral
  • 2 C extra sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1½ C diced ham
  • 8oz. mushrooms, sliced
  • 4 T flour
  • 3 C milk* (divided)
  • ¼ tsp. pepper
  1. Boil the pasta according to package directions.
  2. Mix together 1 C milk and flour in a large measuring cup.
  3. Saute the mushrooms in a large skillet with a little olive oil or butter, if necessary.
  4. When the mushrooms are cooked place them with the ham and set aside in a bowl.
  5. In your now empty skillet pour the milk mixture into the pan.
  6. Stir constantly, adding additional milk to reach desired thickness. Slowly add in up to two cups additional milk while using a whisk and making a roux.
  7. Add in ¾ c cheese and keep whisking.
  8. I have even added all the cheese at this time, but then you will not have any shredded cheese to top the casserole with.
  9. Place your ham mixture and pasta in the bottom of a casserole dish and combine well.
  10. Pour the cheese mixture over top.
  11. Top when remaining shredded cheese.
  12. Bake for 10-20 minutes at 300 degrees until everything is well heated. I have even baked it at 350 degrees.
  13. Enjoy!
Recipe by CrystalandComp.com at https://crystalandcomp.com/petit-jean-ham-made-the-perfect-super-bowl-dinner-txbacon/