This is like homemade macaroni and cheese but with the fun bow tie pasta and hearty ham. While this makes perfect use of leftover ham, there usually aren't any leftovers when I serve this! My family gobbles it right up.

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Ingredients

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

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

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  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.

  • In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Saute garlic 30 seconds. Whisk in flour, salt and pepper. Cook and stir until smooth. Pour in milk, a little at a time, stirring constantly. Bring to a boil for 1 minute. Stir in mustard and Colby. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until cheese is melted. Remove from heat and stir in pasta and ham.

  • Pour into a 2 quart baking dish. Sprinkle with Parmesan.

  • Bake 20 to 25 minutes, until bubbly and golden.

Nutrition Facts

508 calories; 29.7 g total fat; 85 mg cholesterol; 864 mg sodium. 36.5 g carbohydrates; 24.2 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
05/16/2005
Ok I did this a lot differently. First of all you should probably add more pasta if you don't want too much of the sauce. I omitted the mustard. I added 1 cup colby and 1/1/2 cup mozzarella and then salt pepper and italian seasonings. Oh ya and peas. Was a great dish will definately make again. This is a good recipe to keep around just for the fact that you can do so much with it(use it as a base). Maybe add chicken or turkey and/or french cut green beans next time. Maybe top it off with some sliced cherry tomatoes. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/13/2006
A very good recipe and this is a mild cheese flavored sauce. Use some cheddar if you want to zip it up. Read More
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  • 1 star values: 7
Rating: 5 stars
05/16/2005
Ok I did this a lot differently. First of all you should probably add more pasta if you don't want too much of the sauce. I omitted the mustard. I added 1 cup colby and 1/1/2 cup mozzarella and then salt pepper and italian seasonings. Oh ya and peas. Was a great dish will definately make again. This is a good recipe to keep around just for the fact that you can do so much with it(use it as a base). Maybe add chicken or turkey and/or french cut green beans next time. Maybe top it off with some sliced cherry tomatoes. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/16/2005
Ok I did this a lot differently. First of all you should probably add more pasta if you don't want too much of the sauce. I omitted the mustard. I added 1 cup colby and 1/1/2 cup mozzarella and then salt pepper and italian seasonings. Oh ya and peas. Was a great dish will definately make again. This is a good recipe to keep around just for the fact that you can do so much with it(use it as a base). Maybe add chicken or turkey and/or french cut green beans next time. Maybe top it off with some sliced cherry tomatoes. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/28/2006
We had a big ham for Christmas with lots of leftovers to use up. This recipe had all the ingredients that my family loves ham cheese noodles garlic I mean what s not to like? And the added bonus was that I had all the ingredients on hand. Which meant no trip needed to the grocery store! Gotta love that! I followed the recipe exactly as stated and it turned out really yummy! Cheesy gooey and warm on a cold stormy winter night! Served with a big green salad. Will serve with some rolls next time too. My husband s only complaint was that it was a tad salty. So the next time I make this I won t add salt to the pasta water when I cook the noodles and I won t be adding any salt to the recipe. The Parmesan cheese and ham provide more than enough salt for this dish. One added bonus about this recipe is that while the noodles are cooking you can make up the sauce and slice the ham; then while the dish is baking in the oven you have just enough time to clean up the dirty pan from the sauce tidy up the kitchen set the table and toss the salad; then after dinner there s only the casserole dish the dinner plates and utensils to wash up! Nice! Thanks for sharing this recipe! We ll be making this one again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2006
I was looking for an easy recipe to use up some leftover ham and came across this one...glad I did! The whole family (3 kids) enjoyed it and wanted seconds...and THAT doesn't happen often! I followed the recipe with the exception of using whole wheat pasta dijon instead of reg. mustard and a colby/jack blend of cheese. Next time I'll be doubling the recipe. We'll be making this often. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/19/2003
I used dijon mustard and added a tablespoon of dillweed. Substituted the colby cheese (too mild for my tastes) with a mix of cheeses: 1 cup Extra Sharp orange cheddar 3/4 cup monterey jack and 3/4 cup mozerella. Topped with a mix of bread crumbs and parmesan. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/19/2006
Excellent recipe. My whole family loved it. It cooked up perfectly (just make sure you follow the instructions carefully to insure your white sauce turns out properly). I added some grated cheddar and bread crumbs to the parmesan topping and I included a little sharp cheddar and cayenne to the casserole to spice it up a bit. Yummy! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/03/2006
Everyone liked this recipe and in our house that's saying something! I left the prepared mustard out and when we reheat (I double the recipe so we have leftovers) I add milk to make the sauce creamy again. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/13/2006
A very good recipe and this is a mild cheese flavored sauce. Use some cheddar if you want to zip it up. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/22/2006
My husband and I really liked this. I used 1 1/2 cup mozzarella and a cup of an Italian cheese blend in place of the colby. I used 12 oz of elbow pasta and added peas and a dash of cayenne pepper. Will make again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/21/2006
Spectacular dish! I added a sprig (not a leaf but a whole sprig) of fresh minced basil and about a tablespoon of Italian Seasoning. It was wonderful! I also took the suggestion of one of the raters and used a cup of colby and a cup and a half of mozzerella for the sauce. It was so yummy! Read More
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