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Ranch Ham 'N' Cheese Pasta

 Ranch Ham 'N' Cheese Pasta
Creamy, cheesy and comforting...This pasta casserole is all of these things and more! I adapted this recipe from Taste of Home a long time ago. We love it!—Kathy Heller, Colorado Springs, Colorado
10 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 25 min.

Ingredients

  • 1 package (16 ounces) uncooked penne pasta
  • 1 cup fat-free milk
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 2 envelopes (1 ounce each) ranch salad dressing mix
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon lemon-pepper seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon garlic pepper
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Colby-Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) reduced-fat sour cream
  • 2 cups cubed fully cooked ham
  • 1/2 cup crushed saltines (about 15 crackers)
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

Directions

  • Cook pasta according to package directions; drain. In a Dutch oven,
  • combine the next seven ingredients. Cook and stir over medium heat
  • until cheese is melted and mixture begins to thicken. Reduce heat;
  • fold in sour cream until blended.
  • Add the ham, cracker crumbs and pasta; cook and stir until heated
  • through. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Yield: 10 servings.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested with McCormick garlic pepper.
Nutritional Facts: One serving (1 cup) equals 440 calories,

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Ranch Ham 'N' Cheese Pasta (continued)

Nutritional Facts: 21 g fat (12 g saturated fat), 64 mg cholesterol, 1,337 mg sodium, 42 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 21 g protein.
Wine: Medium-Bodied Red Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.