Mommy's Kitchen - Recipes From my Texas Kitchen: Baked Ham Rigatoni ~ Cheesy Good ~

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Baked Ham Rigatoni ~ Cheesy Good ~

If you have a love for pasta and cheese then Baked Ham Rigatoni is the recipe for you. One of my weaknesses is "Pasta" oh how I could eat it everyday, add some cheese and that just makes it that even better.

 I saw this recipe for Baked Ham Rigatoni at Recipes of a Cheapskate. At first glimpse I knew I had to make it all that cheesy pasta with a homemade white sauce, it just looked to good to pass up. This dish was so fast and easy to throw together and everyone loved it.

 I mean how can you go wrong with pasta and cheese, plus this dish is pretty inexpensive to make as well. I get a bit nervous sometimes when I have to make my own creamy white sauce.

I always think I am going to mess it up, but I didn't it turned out perfect.  Serve with a salad and some crusty french bread, definitely comfort food at it's best. I will be making this dish again. Let's go straight to the recipe.


These are the ingredients you will need:
1 pound Rigatoni pasta, 4 tablespoons of real butter, Shredded Mozzarella Cheese, deli ham, onion powder, pepper, milk and flour.


We will start by making the white sauce. In a medium saucepan melt the butter.Start the water for the pasta to boil. When the water is boiling, add pasta and cook until just past the al dente.

Once your butter is melted, whisk in the flour. Sorry for the fuzzy pic.

Next we will add the milk. Start by adding a little at a time mixing as you go. This will keep lumps from forming. Then keep adding more milk until it is all gone.

If the mixture starts to boil too much just lower the heat. Keep whisking until you have a smooth sauce

You will now that the sauce is done if it coats the back of the spoon.

When the white sauce is done, add the onion powder, pepper and ham and mix gently.

Add 1 cup of the cheese to the white sauce and stir until the cheese is melted.

drain the pasta.


And add to the white sauce. Gently fold the mixture until everything is blended.

Pour mixture into a greased 9x13 pan, smooth the top and sprinkle with additional cup of cheese. Dot the top with pads of butter.


Bake for 25 minutes or until the casserole is bubbly and the top is golden brown. Remove from oven let cool and serve








Baked Ham Rigatoni
 
Ingredients:
1 - 16 oz package rigatoni pasta
4 - tablespoons butter, separated (not margarine)
1/2 - cup flour
4 -  cups milk
2 - cups grated mozzarella cheese, separated
1/2 lb - thinly sliced ham
onion salt, to taste
pepper, to taste
cayenne pepper (optional)

Directions: 
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Start by making the white sauce. In a medium saucepan melt 2 tablespoons butter. 

While the butter melts start the water for the pasta to boil. When the water is boiling, add pasta and cook until al dente (8-10 minutes)

When the butter is melted, whisk in the flour and blend until nice and light brown. Slowly start adding the milk about one cup at a time whisking as you go.  

This keeps the lumps from forming. Keep adding the milk until you have added the full 4 cups.  If the mixture starts to boil too much just lower the heat. Keep whisking until you have a smooth sauce

The sauce is done when it can coat the back of the spoon. When the white sauce is done, add the onion powder, pepper and cayenne pepper if using. Add the ham last and mix gently.

Add 1 cup of the cheese to the white sauce and stir until the cheese is melted. Drain the pasta and add to the sauce. Gently fold the mixture until everything is blended. 

Spray a 9 x 13 baking dish with non stick spray. Add the pasta mixture and smooth the top. Sprinkle with additional cup of cheese and dot with remaining 2 tablespoons butter.

Bake for 25 minutes or until the casserole is bubbly and the top is golden brown. Remove from oven let cool and serve


 
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30 comments:

Krystal said... #

Thanks for trying my recipe! I'm so glad you all liked it, we definitely love it here too :) and that crispy cheesy top is my favorite part

~Carole said... #

This recipe looks so good. I know my family will love it.

sherri said... #

Perfect dish to please my taste buds.

I'm making this one. I'll let you know how it turned out.

Alwayzbakin said... #

This is right up my alley!

Sophie said... #

MMMMMM...we, Belgians eat that dish a lot in wintertime!!
It is typical Belgian!!
Your dish looks superbly delicious!!

Michelle said... #

I think I may have to make it this week!

Tiffany said... #

I love pasta too. That looks great.

The Blonde Duck said... #

This is calling my name. Could I use chicken instead of ham? I love ham, but Ben won't eat it.

Mommy's Kitchen said... #

The Blonde Duck, I have only used ham in this recipe. I do know they have chicken deli sliced lunch meat so you might try that. Or just leave out the meat and have pasta and cheese.

Gena said... #

Looks delicious!

Laura said... #

Cheesy goodness with simple ingredients - have to try!

Heidi said... #

That looks like a dish I would love, but would leave my lactose intolerant husband running for the bathroom! What a great looking ham recipe! Yummy as always :)

Foodie with Little Thyme! said... #

Yum, I'll try it.

Kathy said... #

I have some leftover ham that would be perfect in this!!! Thanks for sharing :o)

Bev said... #

This sounds very yummy. But, I noticed you called for 1 cube of butter but specified 1 oz or 2 Tbsp. Since a cube has 8 Tbsp or 1/2 cup which is the proper amount

Mommy's Kitchen said... #

Hi Bev I was thinking the same thing but actually a cube is not 1 stick of butter a 1/2 cup is equal to 1 stick. I had to look online at a conversion chart this what is stated:

A cube of butter is 1 ounce, which is 2 tablespoons.

I think it is all to confusing so I am going to change it on the ingredient listing to 2 Tablespoon so there is no confusion on a cube or a stick.

Kelley said... #

yum yum! can't wait to try this!

Kelley said... #

yummo!

Kathy said... #

Tina, I was sicker than a DOG yesterday!!! My sweet hubby made this for supper last night and it was awesome!!! Just right for a weak tummy!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

Mommy's Kitchen said... #

Kathy, I left you a comment on your blog, but I will make not of it here as well. I hope you are feeling better today. What a sweet hubby to make the baked ham rigatoni for you. Thats awesome my dh would of probably made me a can of soup. Kudos to your hubby. I am glad you liked it.

Michelle said... #

I made this tonight. Awesome!

Tina said... #

Michelle I am so glad you liked it. Yeah!!! Isnt it just cheesy goodness. Theres no better.

Anonymous said... #

I AM GOING TO MAKE THIS TONIGHT FOR DINNER. EXCEPT,I AM GOING TO OMIT THE HAM AND PUT DICED KIEBASA SAUSAGE IN IT.

Anonymous said... #

Found your recipe from a friend - thanks so much, LOVE it!

I added thawed frozen peas, a little minced onion instead of the powder, and some parmesan. It was awesome!

Anonymous said... #

Help!! Im wanting to fix this for supper but confused on the butter part..am i suppose to seperate it and use 1 tablespoon for roux and 1 for pats on top or ????

Tina Butler said... #

I fixed the directions for the butter. It is actually 4 tablespoons butter, separated. 2 to make the white sauce and the last two are dotted on top of the casserole before baking. Sorry about that.

Anonymous said... #

Thank you for this recipe! this sound so good and something I am sure I could make. :)

Lisa Grady said... #

I didn't have any ham on hand so I used Italian sausage instead. OH MY!!!!!!

Carol said... #

This was so good. For my seasonings I used onion salt, paprika, and white pepper. The sauce was so good I kept tasting it and I ended up dipping bread in it while I was waiting for the pasta.

Anonymous said... #

The German chocolate cake looks fantastic I will try it later. Thanks