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Ham Dinner and a Ham Casserole

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I would imagine that many of us are serving a baked ham today, moist and delicious!!  I baked mine a bit differently recently, and I think the new method for me is a keeper.

Ham Dinner 1

I used to use paper bags from the grocery store, but you cannot do this now as there are too many chemicals and recycled materials in those bags to be food safe.  Then came the plastic ‘brownin’ bags, OK but they tend to dry out the meat as it overcooks too fast.  This time I just tightly covered the pan and ham with foil.  I put about a 1/2 cup of water in the pan too for steam to keep the meat moist.  Boy did it ever work well!!

Ham Dinner 2

Ham dinner 3

Wouldn’t you agree this ham looks scrumptious!  It was.  And now what to do with the leftovers.

Ham cooked

I package the leftover ham in three parts.

Ham leftovers 1

Certainly no other deli meat can top a fresh baked ham, so the nicest part gets sliced thick and moist for sandwiches.

Ham leftovers 2

Then I cut up smaller chunks of meat into bite size bits.

Ham leftovers 3

Finally, I save the bone with some meat still on it in a plastic zip top bag to use with my next bean bake. It will go in the freezer.

Ham leftovers 4

But what if you have relatives staying over? Or maybe a party to attend?  A nice casserole would use up some of the leftovers and feed a crowd.  So, here is a recipe for leftover ham.  I gathered a few ingredients.

Ham  Pasta Bake - 1

Bring a large pot of salted water to boil, add pasta and cook about 12 minutes, until done al dente.

Ham  Pasta Bake - 3

Drain and set aside.

Ham  Pasta Bake - 6

Chop some onion and mushrooms.

Ham  Pasta Bake - 4

In the same pot, saute onion in olive oil until translucent, add mushrooms and butter, and cook until softened. Add soup and milk, stirring until well mixed.

Ham  Pasta Bake - 5

Add pasta and combine.

Ham  Pasta Bake - 7

Add the ham and stir until well mixed.

Ham  Pasta Bake - 8

Ham  Pasta Bake - 9

Pour into prepared baking dish.

Ham  Pasta Bake - 10

Top with grated cheese blend.

Ham  Pasta Bake - 11

Bake 30 minutes, until bubbly and top is nicely melted and browned.

Ham  Pasta Bake - 12

Enjoy the accolades of your family as they dig in!

Ham, Mushroom and Pasta Casserole

12 oz bow tie pasta
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 tblsp olive oil
2 cups chopped mushrooms
1 tblsp butter
3 cups cubed ham
1 10-3/4 oz can Cheddar Cheese soup
1-1/2 cups milk
1 tsp lemon pepper
1 tsp garlic salt
1 tbsp parsley flakes
8 oz Cheddar Jack Cheese grated blend

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9×13 baking dish with no-stick spray and set aside. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil, add pasta and cook about 12 minutes, until done al dente. Drain and set aside. In the same pot, saute onion in olive oil until translucent, add mushrooms and butter, and cook until softened. Add soup and milk, stirring until well mixed. Add ham and pasta and combine. Pour into prepared baking dish. Top with grated cheese blend.

Ham  Pasta Bake - 13

Yum! Enjoy!!

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Author: Carole @ From My Carolina Home

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2 thoughts on “Ham Dinner and a Ham Casserole

  1. Now that looks totally scrumptious!!!! Thanks for sharing and have a HAPPY HAPPY EASTER ♥

  2. Mmmmmm, may just have to give THAT recipe a try!

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