Potluck Ham and Pasta Recipe
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Potluck Ham and Pasta Recipe

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“This easy meal-in-one dish is a real crowd-pleaser on chilly nights," says Nancy Foust of Stoneboro, Pennsylvania. "Because it bakes in two pans, you could freeze one for later, depending on your needs. It’s creamy, and filling and has a wonderful ham-and-cheese flavor.”
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1 package (16 ounces) elbow macaroni
  • 4 cups fresh broccoli florets
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 6 cups 2% milk
  • 1 jar (15 ounces) process cheese sauce
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 4 cups cubed fully cooked ham

Nutritional Facts

1-1/4 cup: 532 calories, 28g fat (17g saturated fat), 95mg cholesterol, 1610mg sodium, 44g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 2g fiber), 27g protein


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Cook macaroni according to package directions, adding broccoli during the last 3-4 minutes; drain.
  2. In a large Dutch oven, saute onion in butter 2 minutes. Stir in flour, mustard, salt and pepper until blended. Gradually stir in milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir 2 minutes or until thickened. Stir in cheese sauce and 1 cup cheddar cheese until blended.
  3. Remove from heat; stir in ham, macaroni and broccoli. Divide between a greased 13x9-in. baking dish and a greased 8-in. square baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining cheese.
  4. Bake, uncovered, 25-35 minutes or until bubbly and heated through. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Potluck Ham and Pasta in Simple & Delicious January/February 2008, p37

Full-Bodied White Wine

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

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Reviewed Jul. 17, 2015

"Added a few different kinds of shredded cheese to give it some zip, also used rigatoni pasta because I like stiffer cooked noodles - good either way and enough to share!"

Reviewed Nov. 8, 2013

"This was a good, filling meal. I will add some more seasoning next time as it was kind of bland."

Reviewed Jan. 7, 2013

"My husband saw this recipe in the Nov. 2012 issue of Country Extra & requested that I make it. We had it for supper & it was a hit!"

Reviewed Jun. 16, 2010

"This is a great recipe. I have been looking for a Mac and cheese recipe that is not dry and I found this one. Very good!"

Reviewed Jan. 21, 2009

"I made this for dinner last night and it was outstanding. My husband had thirds and I went for seconds. My 83 year old mother (who hasn't eaten for two days) had a bowl ful. Thank you."

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