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Here is a way to use up some of your leftover baked ham from Easter by making this Cheddar Ham Casserole recipe! It's a combination of great ingredients, and it will never taste like leftovers. Plus, you can make it from canned tender-chunk ham, if you don't have leftover ham!
Place 6 oz. uncooked pasta into rapidly boiling water in a medium to large pot. Add 1 tablespoon salt. Stir and then let cook for about 8 minutes, until al dente (cooked, but still chewy, not mushy). While cooking your pasta, prepare your cheese sauce. Melt 2 tablespoons butter or margarine in a saucepan. Remove from heat and add 1/4 cup flour. Stir the flour and butter or margarine until blended. Now, add 1 1/2 cups milk and 1 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese. Return this mixture to the stove, add a dash of salt, and cook, stirring constantly, until mixture is thickened and smooth. Your pasta should be done now, and when it is done, drain the water through a colander and return the cooked pasta to its original pan. Combine the cooked cheese sauce with the cooked pasta. Add (2) 5 oz. cans of tender-chunk ham and 1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper. Stir together, and then and an additional 1/2 cup milk (or desired amount for creaminess). Stir completely, and then pour into a fairly large baking dish that has been sprayed with cooking oil. Bake in an oven that has been preheated to 350 for 1/2 hour. Turn oven to broil, and brown the top for about 5 minutes, or to your liking. Happy Easter (and day-after-Easter)
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Brbess26 1y agoI made this with rotini pasta (what I had) and used sharp cheddar and some shredded fiesta blend that I had on hand. I also threw in some broccoli florets and mushrooms to make it a little more complete. It turned out pretty good! Good way to use up some leftover ham, even the kids liked it! (except for the broccoli, of course!)
loumills5717 3y agoI used 6 oz of macaroni. This must be a data entry error. It is a great dish for kids. I served it to the grandchildren on Easter. The adults had a different menu but some slipped out to sample this dish. Delicious!
Crabbycathy 4y agoHow can 1 shell feed 8people?
ladybugplus 6y ago[I posted this recipe.]