This quick, week-night dinner is a nice alternative to mac and cheese with ham. It comes together easily and is comforting and filling.

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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x13-inch baking dish.

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  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil; cook the pasta in the boiling water, stirring occasionally, until tender but not mushy, about 10 minutes. Drain.

  • Thaw the broccoli in a microwave oven until you can break it apart into small pieces.

  • Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat; cook and stir the diced ham in the hot oil until the edges start to brown, about 10 minutes. Stir in the broccoli and cook and stir until any excess water has cooked away and the ham and broccoli are hot. Pour in the jar of Alfredo sauce and the milk; stir to blend, sprinkle with pepper, and add the cooked pasta. Stir everything together to coat the pasta with sauce and bring to a simmer.

  • Spread the bubbling pasta mixture into the prepared baking dish, top with shredded Colby-Monterey jack cheese, and bake in the preheated oven until the casserole is hot and the cheese is melted and starting to brown, about 30 minutes.

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Nutrition Facts

649 calories; 39.9 g total fat; 77 mg cholesterol; 1464 mg sodium. 50.9 g carbohydrates; 27.6 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
11/05/2009
If I could I would give this 4 & 1/2 stars. I save 5 stars for super exceptional stuff. My husband loved this and I have to say it was quite good. First I used regular linguini pasta instead of whole wheat rotini. I used 1 (10 oz) container of Buitoni regular alfredo sauce and 1 (10 oz) container of Buitoni light alfredo sauce from the cold case at the grocery store. I have used the jarred varieties of alfredo sauce before and have never been satisfied with the taste of any of them so I thought I would try the more fresh version. I personally think that it was hands down much better than the jarred. I upped the milk to 3/4 cup intead of 1/2 and used 16 ozs of pasta. Then I used Kraft 2% Colby Jack Monterey but used 2 cups so it was a little cheesier. I found the recipe easy to follow and quick to put together. Definetely a keeper. In the future I will make it with shrimp or chicken as well as the ham. Thanks for sharing the recipe mrs. embee. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
02/16/2017
Great basic recipe. Spinach would also be really good in place of the broccoli. I have not made this yet. The reason for only 2 stars is the use of jarred Alfredo sauce. Take a look at the chemical ingredients on the jar and then go home and make your own!! It is easy and you can pronounce all the ingredients. A good rule when choosing a food product is if you would not ever have the ingredients on your pantry shelf don't buy the product. Food companies are beginning to get the message. PS: Of course don't include the listed vitamins in the group of taboo ingredients. Read More
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  • 2 star values: 3
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Rating: 4 stars
11/05/2009
If I could I would give this 4 & 1/2 stars. I save 5 stars for super exceptional stuff. My husband loved this and I have to say it was quite good. First I used regular linguini pasta instead of whole wheat rotini. I used 1 (10 oz) container of Buitoni regular alfredo sauce and 1 (10 oz) container of Buitoni light alfredo sauce from the cold case at the grocery store. I have used the jarred varieties of alfredo sauce before and have never been satisfied with the taste of any of them so I thought I would try the more fresh version. I personally think that it was hands down much better than the jarred. I upped the milk to 3/4 cup intead of 1/2 and used 16 ozs of pasta. Then I used Kraft 2% Colby Jack Monterey but used 2 cups so it was a little cheesier. I found the recipe easy to follow and quick to put together. Definetely a keeper. In the future I will make it with shrimp or chicken as well as the ham. Thanks for sharing the recipe mrs. embee. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/05/2009
If I could I would give this 4 & 1/2 stars. I save 5 stars for super exceptional stuff. My husband loved this and I have to say it was quite good. First I used regular linguini pasta instead of whole wheat rotini. I used 1 (10 oz) container of Buitoni regular alfredo sauce and 1 (10 oz) container of Buitoni light alfredo sauce from the cold case at the grocery store. I have used the jarred varieties of alfredo sauce before and have never been satisfied with the taste of any of them so I thought I would try the more fresh version. I personally think that it was hands down much better than the jarred. I upped the milk to 3/4 cup intead of 1/2 and used 16 ozs of pasta. Then I used Kraft 2% Colby Jack Monterey but used 2 cups so it was a little cheesier. I found the recipe easy to follow and quick to put together. Definetely a keeper. In the future I will make it with shrimp or chicken as well as the ham. Thanks for sharing the recipe mrs. embee. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/27/2010
This recipe was great! I changed it though - I used 16 oz of Garden Rotini; I added 2 cups of Velveta to the Alfredo instead of the shredded cheese; I sauteed the ham in olive oil with half an onion chopped 2 cloves of garlic and a 1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning; I used a 12oz bag of microwave in the bag Broccoli. I also didn't bake it I just threw all the cooked items in a pot! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/01/2012
I had some leftover ham in the freezer from Easter so thought this sounded like an easy comforting dish. I made my own cheese sauce with half chicken broth half 2% milk and some sharp cheese along with the Colby-Jack. This was surprisingly good and fast. I will keep this one and maybe try leftover chicken next time. Thank you mrsembee!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/15/2011
Very good recipe! This was super easy to make. I used fresh broccoli because I had it on hand. I used 3 cups of ham because I wanted to use it all up. The 15 oz jar of Alfredo was plenty I filled the jar with the milk and shook it and poured it that way into the pan. (Alfredo sauce you seem to waste a lot it get's left over in the jar) Very Good we will make again! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/06/2011
good used less pasta and more milk as there was not quite enough alfredo just a little salt as the ham was the cola ham from Easter with the grapejuice on it! boys liked it Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/12/2010
Very good and easy. Great way to use leftover ham. I changed sauce choice to more suit our family taste and added basil and mint while browning the ham. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/29/2012
Don't use chicken instead of ham. I've made this twice; the ham adds salt that is needed. With chicken this was bland. With ham this was great! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/04/2011
This recipe is awesome! It is so easy and always a big hit! It also freezes very well so it is great to save for a rainy day or to take to someone like a new mother or such. You don't want to miss out on this recipe! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/02/2012
This was a great way to get rid of leftover ham from Christmas as well as some unused monterey jack cheese I had bought for cheese & crackers. My very picky boyfriend even liked it! This will definitely become a repeat dish at our house! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
02/16/2017
Great basic recipe. Spinach would also be really good in place of the broccoli. I have not made this yet. The reason for only 2 stars is the use of jarred Alfredo sauce. Take a look at the chemical ingredients on the jar and then go home and make your own!! It is easy and you can pronounce all the ingredients. A good rule when choosing a food product is if you would not ever have the ingredients on your pantry shelf don't buy the product. Food companies are beginning to get the message. PS: Of course don't include the listed vitamins in the group of taboo ingredients. Read More
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