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Creamy Ham Pasta Casserole

Top a rich casserole with a little crunch, and you've got a dish the whole family will love! —Marion Little, Humboldt, Tennessee
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min.
  • Makes
    2 casseroles (9 servings each)

Ingredients

  • 10 cups uncooked tricolor spiral pasta
  • 4 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 3 cans (10-3/4 ounces each) condensed cheddar cheese soup, undiluted
  • 3 cups 2% milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups cubed fully cooked ham
  • 2 cans (8 ounces each) mushroom stems and pieces, drained
  • 1 cup crushed Ritz crackers

Directions

  • Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a Dutch oven, saute the celery, pepper and onion in butter until tender. Stir in the soup, milk and salt. In a very large bowl, combine the soup mixture, ham and mushrooms. Drain pasta; add to soup mixture and toss to coat.
  • Transfer to two greased 13x9-in. baking dishes. Top with cracker crumbs. Cover and freeze one casserole for up to 3 months. Bake the remaining casserole, uncovered, at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
  • To use frozen casserole: Thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 50-55 minutes or until heated through.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/3 cups: 345 calories, 10g fat (4g saturated fat), 30mg cholesterol, 1107mg sodium, 48g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 3g fiber), 16g protein.

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