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Monday, May 2, 2011

Baked Ham, Swiss and Fusilli Pasta

Do any of you have Easter ham lurking in your freezer just waiting to be used? I know I do and  I'm on the hunt for creative ways to use it up. Here are a few things I've come up with so far

Ham and Pasta Skillet Dinner- We've had this before and it's delish!

Ham Fried Rice- Haven't tried this one but it looks yummy. Supposedly it's the most requested recipe on Good Things Utah.  Just replace the chicken with ham.

Grilled Ham & Cheese- Who doesn't like grilled cheese?

Ham and Rice Soup- This soup looks so creamy. I wish I had a bowl of it right now.

 I'd love to hear from you if you have any ideas.

This is another recipe I used for  Sunday dinner.  A true comfort meal, this pasta was warm, creamy and delicious. My husband said it reminded him of macaroni and cheeese.  After first asking what it was, then saying she wasn't eating it, my oldest daughter preceeed to have three, yes three helpings!   I'm on my way to putting a dent in that ham! Pair it with a nice green salad, asparagus, and some biscuits or rolls.

Baked Ham, Swiss and Fusilli Pasta

adapted slightly from Southern Food


  • 8 ounces mini fusilli, macaroni, or other small to medium pasta, cooked as directed, drained
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup diced celery
  • 1/2 cup diced onions
  • 8 to 12 ounces cooked diced ham, about 2 cups
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups milk or half-and-half (I used whole milk. I wouldn't go below 2%)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Dash nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 8 ounces shredded Swiss cheese or Gruyere
  • 2 ounces shredded Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1/2 cup coarse soft bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter


Cook the pasta as directed on package; drain and rinse. Heat oven to 350°. Grease a 2 to 2 1/2-quart casserole.In a large saucepan or skillet, melt butter over medium-low heat. Add celery and onion and cook until  softened. Add  ham; cook for 1 minute longer. Stir in flour until blended. Add milk, salt, nutmeg, and pepper. Cook, stirring, until thickened. Add the Swiss cheese. Set aside about 1/4 cup of the Parmesan cheese for topping and add the remaining Parmesan to the sauce with the Swiss cheese. Cook, stirring, until cheeses are melted. Add the drained pasta and stir, blending well. Spoon into the prepared casserole.
Combine bread crumbs with melted butter and remaining 1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese. Sprinkle the bread crumb mixture over the top. Sprinkle over the casserole. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until bubbly and lightly browned.

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Anonymous said...

Since you asked about what I am planning for girls camp I pasted it here, though it didn't transfer great...but hopefully you can get the idea. I haven't priced things so I don't know how much it'll change. I try to make as much as I can at home before we go up as long as it can be prepared ahead of time. I'm having a lot of trouble with desserts that are delicious, but can be easy enough to make and pack up to feel 150 people. I was thinking of some delicious cupcakes with frosting recipes I have, even though that sounds kind of boring to me, because everything nicer than cookies, brownies or cupcakes starts to get really difficult to make, transport, and serve for so many people. Any ideas of what you're planning? I only have 3 dessert nights.

Anyway, here's my menu:

Tue- (Dinner)- Shredded Beef and Chicken Enchilada Burritos covered in sauce and cheese and olives.
Sides of rice, tomatos (or pico de gallo), avocado, sour cream, lettuce, maybe tortillas, beans and chips...that they serve themselves.
Honeydew citrus mint melon salad or nice fruit drink
Dessert- cupcakes?
Wed- (Breakfast)- French Toast, with Bacon and Hard Boiled Eggs on hand for those who want them, Cantaloop, Milk or Water, Juice or Hot Chocolate

(Lunch)- Grilled sandwiches with Cheesy Roasted Red Pepper Dip spread on one side, with turkey deli meat, and cheese with chips and pickles or green olives. Cherry tomatoes and chopped cucumbers on the side. Fruit Drink.

(Dinner)- Noodles, with a creamy Smoked Cheese and Sun-Dried Tomato Sauce spooned over with a bit of sausage in it. It is a smooth creamy sauce except for the bit of sausage. (contains, Gruyere, smoked cheddar, tomato sauce, alfredo sauce combo)
Broccoli Salad in a sweet light dressing, and Crusty Italian Bread
Thurs-(Breakfast)- Pancakes (whole wheat) with Golden Buttermilk Syrup or just Oatmeal (Steel Cut Oats) since they'll be hiking, or both, Eggs and Sausage cooked together (Hillshire Farm Old World Style Polska Kielbasa), Honey Fruit Salad, Toast for those that don't like sweet.

(Hikers Sack Lunch)-PB and Honey, fruit, nuts, cheese crackers.

(Lunch)- Hot dogs that we roast and you load up how you like, and baked beans. Pasta Primavera-angel hair pasta with light sauce and tons of fresh vegetables. Sweet Chex Coconut Mix to snack on.

(Dinner)- Some kind of Beef Gravy (I'm thinking Beef Bourguignon) over Mashed Potatoes, Bishops Salad (huge green Salad with tons of Vegetables and Marie's sweet Poppyseed Dressing), Wheat Rolls
Dessert: Maybe Lemon Cheesecake Bars?
Friday-(Breakfast)- 'Grilled Cheese, Sausage and Egg Sandwich' and Cinnamon Sugar Beignets that the YCL's will help make. (Fried Dough kind of like Sopaipillas.) Fruit.

(Lunch)- Claim Jumper Burgers or Old Trolley Quesadillas. They are essentially the same. BBQ pulled chicken in light BBQ sauce that is rockin' good, cheese, and Caesar salad lettuce and tomatoes diced small, either on the burger (toasted bun) or on the side of the Quesadilla. Chips and Fruit Drink.

(Dinner)- Bishopric Banquets
Sat- (Breakfast)- Overnight no fuss Coffee Cake ?, Sausage and Potato Hash with gently Fried Egg on top. Any leftovers are free game too. Clean, Pack up, Go Home!

*Snacks I would like to have for people if hungry or not feeling well or just need a little something... soup, Chex Mix or Trail Mix, Hard Boiled Eggs, PB and Honey, and some Mint Patties.

My Sister's Kitchen said...

Yum, sounds delish. I agree with you. Anything fancier than cupcakes, brownies, etc. is too much work. I think everyone likes those things anyway and they are easy to eat.

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