Did you watch the Super Bowl yesterday?
Did you have a Super Bowl Party or a special dinner to celebrate?
Even though the Dallas Cowboys were not playing in the game, we celebrated football yesterday. Garrett and I made a trip to Walmart to grab some Petit Jean ham to make a crowd pleasing dinner that is perfect for a potluck or party when you’re feeding a crowd.
Garrett was a huge help, despite the fact that grocery shopping with mom when you’re twelve years old really is not cool. He is such a trooper and a big help. (Although he was a tad bit embarrassed that I went grocery shopping with a camera.)
Walmart was ready for the Super Bowl crowd and everything screamed football.
And Valentines Day.
We found our main ingredient.
It’s whats for dinner.
I knew exactly what I wanted to make with it. A meal fit for a party and a crowd.
There is a yummy recipe that makes it on my weekly meal plan on a regular basis. Especially this time of year when casseroles and oven baking are in order. We made a Ham and Cheese Pasta Bake, and the kids enjoyed helping.
I have found that when the kids help with some of the cooking process, they are less likely to complain about what’s for dinner (because they want to eat their creation) and more likely to clean their plates.
We chopped ham, cooked mushrooms, made a roux and we boiled pasta.
This comes together really quickly.
Then, we tossed it all in a casserole dish and popped it in the oven.
When dinner was done, we gobbled it up and rooted for our favorite team.
We all agreed the ham was tender and tasty, not fatty and weird like some pre-cooked ham can be.
Since my husband was born in Brooklyn, New York, most were cheering for the Giants.
Momma was rooting for Madonna.
Have leftover ham or need some ham recipes? I have a list of 20 ways to use up ham leftovers.
- 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
- Boil the pasta according to package directions.
- Mix together 1 C milk and flour in a large measuring cup.
- Saute the mushrooms in a large skillet with a little olive oil or butter, if necessary.
- When the mushrooms are cooked place them with the ham and set aside in a bowl.
- In your now empty skillet pour the milk mixture into the pan.
- 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.
- Add in ¾ c cheese and keep whisking.
- I have even added all the cheese at this time, but then you will not have any shredded cheese to top the casserole with.
- Place your ham mixture and pasta in the bottom of a casserole dish and combine well.
- Pour the cheese mixture over top.
- Top when remaining shredded cheese.
- Bake for 10-20 minutes at 300 degrees until everything is well heated. I have even baked it at 350 degrees.
You can also top with some bread crumbs and additional shredded cheese before you pop it in the oven.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 451Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 80mgSodium: 660mgCarbohydrates: 33gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 28g