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Creamy Ham Pasta Casserole

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

  • 1. 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.
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. 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.

Reviews

Average Rating: 4.142857
  • luvdemgrits
    Jul 29, 2017

    I don't much care for cheese soup, so substituting low fat mushroom soup does the trick!

    Omit the salt for sodium restrictions and sub with garlic, and onion powder.

    Great recipe for a crowd..

  • marlowesmom
    Apr 3, 2016

    We really enjoyed the dish and the leftovers reheated well in the microwave. I didn't have enough ingredients for the whole. In halving, I used one can of cheddar soup and had to substitute 1 can of cream of mushroom and some shredded cheddar. I had tricolor bow tie pasta which worked well. This is one of only two casseroles we have ever liked for using leftover ham. Thank you for sharing the recipe!

  • treacher
    Jan 20, 2015

    This recipe was very hearty and everyone enjoyed it, it was a way to use the ham I froze from christmas.

  • AtlantaMom
    Dec 7, 2014

    This was not very good. I'm so thankful I only made enough for one casserole.... And what was left from that I threw out. There's just a ton of that cheese soup in it and that stuff is not very good. The taste was off when I followed the recipe exactly. I attempted to improve it but it did only slightly. The combination of celery and fake cheese soup that's full of sodium was just weird! I'm keeping the recipe only so I make sure I don't forget and make it again!

  • thejeffr
    Feb 16, 2011

    Hearty! And this recipe would feed an army. I have the second pan in the freezer waiting for a busy week.

  • TKCloughfam
    Jan 28, 2010

    This was wonderful. I am not a casserole person and the whole family enjoyed this.

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