Ham & Cheese Ziti Recipe
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Ham & Cheese Ziti Recipe

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This versatile dish is a crowd-pleaser. You can easily take the recipe and make it your own by changing up the cheeses or veggie. My family loves it! —Donna Bailey, Oreland, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 package (16 ounces) ziti
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups 2% milk
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded white cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 cups cubed fully cooked ham
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cups: 676 calories, 28g fat (17g saturated fat), 106mg cholesterol, 1306mg sodium, 70g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 4g fiber), 37g protein .


  1. Prepare ziti according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a Dutch oven, melt butter. Stir in flour until smooth; gradually add milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Reduce heat; add the cheeses, garlic powder and pepper. Cook and stir until cheese is melted.
  2. Drain ziti; add to sauce mixture. Stir in ham and spinach. Transfer to a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Bake, uncovered, at 375° for 20-25 minutes or until heated through. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Ham & Cheese Ziti in Simple & Delicious April/May 2011, p15

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.

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buncogranny 246278
Reviewed Mar. 29, 2016

"This got a unamious thumbs up here. I did use regular cheddar instead of white only difference is the dye that makes it yellow. Cut the recipe in half for our small family. Some people may think it is little light on sauce, I ended up making a second batch of sauce."

MamaWallE 224486
Reviewed Apr. 8, 2015

"This recipe is pretty terrible. Be forewarned and do not try! You would be better off making your own favorite tried and true macaroni & cheese recipe and adding the diced ham. That's basically what this recipe is trying to be ... without the flavor. A real loser."

Keycoloradomom 216377
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2014

"Easy to make. Used yellow cheddar vs white and next time will try the mustard as noted below for additional flavor to zest it up some."

kellyann6212003 184662
Reviewed Jul. 22, 2014

"Amazing !! kids love it deff keeper in this house"

cdeszo 196765
Reviewed Jul. 20, 2014

"We have made this a couple of times...tonight we added a good heaping tablespoon of dijon mustard and a heaping tablespoon of Louisiana hot sauce to the cheese sauce...Amazing! I thought there was a perfect amount of sauce for the pasta."

m_davidson75 196762
Reviewed Apr. 6, 2013

"We really enjoyed this recipe. I too had to use yellow cheddar. It's a shame that in the South it is nearly impossible to find :( I would certainly make this again. Thanks!"

daisey5 150477
Reviewed Apr. 6, 2013

"Could not find white chedder so used yellow. I also used fresh spinach. It was very good."

jane428 192212
Reviewed Jun. 26, 2012

"Very good and easy no left overs!"

MY REVIEW 192210
Reviewed May. 30, 2012

"Hubby likes anything with ham in it, so this was a winner with him despite the added spinach. I love the spinach tho and loved the entire recipe. Thanks ToH for another great recipe !"

martha4136 123923
Reviewed May. 28, 2012

"My family did not like it at all. Very bland, needs more seasonings."

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