Ham and Cheese Ranch Pasta Recipe
- 1 package (16 ounces) penne pasta
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
- 1 cup fat-free milk
- 2 teaspoons dried parsley flakes
- 1 teaspoon garlic salt
- 1 teaspoon salt-free lemon-pepper seasoning
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon dried minced onion
- 1/2 teaspoon dill weed
- 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper
- 1 cup (8 ounces) reduced-fat sour cream
- 2 cups cubed fully cooked ham
- 1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded reduced-fat Mexican cheese blend
- 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
- 1. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain. In a Dutch oven, melt butter; whisk in flour until smooth. Gradually add milk and seasonings. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.
- 2. Reduce heat; fold in sour cream until blended. Add ham and pasta; cook and stir until heated through. Remove from the heat; stir in Mexican cheese blend until melted. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Yield: 10 servings.
1 cup equals 306 calories, 9 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 27 mg cholesterol, 612 mg sodium, 38 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 20 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2-1/2 starch, 2 lean meat.
Reviews for Ham and Cheese Ranch Pasta
"It was just okay for my taste."
"I normally make this when I have leftover ham. It is quick, easy, and has good flavour. Great weeknight meal when time is rushed. I never use the parmesan cheese and I only use about one cup of the shredded cheese and I don't feel this detracts from the taste at all."
"Great flavor combination, only thing I changed was that I used Monterey Jack cheese instead of the Mexican blend."
"I absolutely love this dish. I have made it several times and love the flavors. I have made it with chicken to cut back a little on salt. Highly recommend."
"we made this tonight. My 13 yr old picked out the recipe fm the Comfort Food Diet cookbook. I let her cook it since it was simple enough... and we had all the ingredients. She was proud of herself and we all enjoyed it. Quick and easy too!! Very good... thanks!!"
"This dish is a hit every time I make it! I think people love it because of the dill in it. It's perfect to feed a lot of people."
"I was pleasantly surprised by this recipe. It was GOOD! I was expecting another boring mac and cheese recipe, but this is far from it. Perfect !"
"Very good recipe. It makes a lot so plan on several people or you can freeze for future use."
"flavor was good texture was off, but i used half penne and half macroni. it was what i had."
"Everyone in the family really enjoyed this dish. The flavor was very good. We will make this again!"
"I gave it 4 out of 5 because 4 out of the 5 people eating it liked it. One child said he didn't like and another said "Are you crazy these noodles are awesome." It is a quick, easy meal with convenient ingredients."
"This is definitely a keeper! Great flavor and you'd never guess it's lighter. We will definitely be eating this again!"
"Love this recipe! It's become a family favorite!"
"I love this!! I add broccoli to it as well, so it's a complete meal! One of my favs!"
"I REALLY liked it! The kids found the noodles to be cumbersome though, so next time I might try a smaller noodle. It really was a quick and easy recipe.It reminded me of the boxed Ranch and pasta packets you can buy - but so much better!"
"This was quick and easy. I put it in a casserole dish and topped it with some panko bread crumbs and then baked it for a bit to brown the crumbs. It was really good. Definitely has a "ranch" flavor."
Medium-Bodied Red Wine
Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.