This is as good as comfort food gets. My family would have this every night of the week if I let them!

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
40 mins
total:
1 hr
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Stir in the macaroni. Cook the pasta uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the pasta has cooked through, but is still firm to the bite, about 8 minutes; drain.

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

  • Spray a 9x13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.

  • Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir ham and onion in melted butter until onion is tender, about 5 minutes.

  • Stir garlic into ham mixture and cook for about 2 minutes more; remove skillet from heat.

  • Mix cooked pasta, Cheddar cheese, cream of celery soup, peas, milk, sour cream, onion powder, and garlic powder into the ham mixture until well mixed.

  • Transfer pasta mixture to the prepared baking dish.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until cheese is melted, about 25 minutes. Sprinkle French-fried onions atop casserole and bake until golden, about 5 minutes more.

Nutrition Facts

548 calories; protein 18.6g 37% DV; carbohydrates 48.5g 16% DV; fat 30.5g 47% DV; cholesterol 55.9mg 19% DV; sodium 916mg 37% DV. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
03/18/2012
I use frozen broccoli in place of the peas and cream of chicken in place of the cream of celery. The leftovers from this casserole rewarm well, if there's any leftover. NOTE: If you don't have ham, this is also good with tuna fish or leftover rotisserie chicken. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
04/16/2012
Onion garlic and soup flavors were overpowering. Also baking in such a shallow dish caused the caserole to be too dry. Will not make again. Read More
(4)
125 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 68
  • 4 star values: 43
  • 3 star values: 9
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
03/18/2012
I use frozen broccoli in place of the peas and cream of chicken in place of the cream of celery. The leftovers from this casserole rewarm well, if there's any leftover. NOTE: If you don't have ham, this is also good with tuna fish or leftover rotisserie chicken. Read More
(86)
Rating: 5 stars
04/09/2012
Our family likes ham day one...day 2 not so much I usually always give most of it away and can pull maybe 1 day of leftovers with it....was def not in the mood for cooking after cooking for Easter Yesterday and found this recipie...YUM the kids and the husband loved it...pared with a salad and between the big helping portion and the salad was able to stay within my husbands 60 Carbs a meal Diabetic Diet...def a keeper in my book and as another reviewer said can easily see it made with turkey or chicken:) Thanks! Read More
(19)
Rating: 5 stars
03/21/2012
this was amazing! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/23/2012
I was in a hurry so I didn't sautee' onions and garlic. I just used the spices. Used skim milk and fat free sour cream and instead of Cheddar used Colby Jack. This was delicious and I will definitely make again but next time I will follow the directions and it should be even better! Hope you try this one and enjoy it as much as I did. I didn't use the french-fried onions either but will the next time:-) Read More
(7)
Rating: 5 stars
04/19/2013
I can't believe more people haven't tried this recipe - it's awesome! I followed the recipe exactly except I only used 2.8 oz of fried onions and found that to be plenty. I thought the peas went well in this dish. I did use the large elbow mac which made it more fancy and fun. Read More
(6)
Rating: 4 stars
03/23/2012
This is a delicious recipe! I substituted Oscar Mayer Carving Board Ham and Funyuns onion rings because that was what I had on hand, it was so easy! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
04/16/2012
Onion garlic and soup flavors were overpowering. Also baking in such a shallow dish caused the caserole to be too dry. Will not make again. Read More
(4)
Rating: 5 stars
08/17/2014
One of the tastiest casseroles I have ever eaten. Followed the recipe except had no celery soup and used mushroom soup instead but it was wonderful......my husband is so happy that there is asome left over and he can eat it again tomorrow when I am at a meeting......lucky guy. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/15/2017
I honestly had low expectations for this dish- only picked it because I had all on hand. But it was pretty good. I used sour cream mixed with onion soup mix and that was so much added flavor. The French fried onions are so good. I'm glad I tried it Read More
(3)
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