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Ham and Cheese Ranch Pasta

To cut the fat in this makeover recipe, we reduced the amount of butter from 1/4 cup to 1 tablespoon, switched the cheese to a reduced-fate Mexican cheese blend and chose lean ham over regular. These changes cut the calories by nearly a third and reduced the fat, saturated fat cholesterol and sodium by more than half.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
  • Makes
    10 servings


  • 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 reduced-fat sour cream
  • 2 cups cubed fully cooked ham
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded reduced-fat Mexican cheese blend
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese


  • 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.
  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 306 calories, 9g fat (5g saturated fat), 27mg cholesterol, 612mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 2g fiber), 20g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2-1/2 starch, 2 lean meat.

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  • ellimaye1
    Jul 20, 2019

    I was nervous to make this because while I like ranch dressing on my salad, I'm not necessarily partial to ranch flavored things. It was good, simple, and quick--a winning combination. My son said it was his second favorite meal.

  • Janice
    Jul 16, 2018

    My family loved it!! Flavor was good and my favorite part was it didn’t take long!!

  • LPHJKitchen
    Apr 23, 2017

    My kids LOVE anything with Ranch so this was a big hit! I was skeptical of the ham and pasta combinations but to my surprise - the flavors went together well! Next time, we will try it with chicken!

  • jmkasprak
    Apr 16, 2015

    It was just okay for my taste.

  • kdwarren
    Dec 10, 2014

    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.

  • Brenda MH
    Sep 7, 2014

    Great flavor combination, only thing I changed was that I used Monterey Jack cheese instead of the Mexican blend.

  • jtermont
    Apr 18, 2014

    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.

  • gillettcookie
    Jul 10, 2013

    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!!

  • angela mcguire
    Apr 6, 2013

    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.

  • LibbiPeach
    Jun 30, 2012

    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 !