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Ham ‘n’ Cheese Bow Ties

Everyone who tries this yummy casserole lists it as a favorite from then on. Bow tie pasta makes it fun, and ham makes it hearty.—Stephanie Moon, Boise, Idaho.
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    4-6 servings


  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups 2% milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon prepared mustard
  • 2-1/2 cups shredded Colby cheese
  • 2 cups uncooked bow tie pasta, cooked and drained
  • 6 to 8 ounces fully cooked ham, julienned
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese


  • In a large saucepan, saute garlic in butter for 1 minute. Stir in the flour, salt and pepper until blended. Gradually add milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened and bubbly. Stir in mustard and Colby cheese; cook and stir until cheese is melted. Add pasta and ham; stir until coated.
  • Transfer to a greased 2-qt. baking dish. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until heated through.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 447 calories, 27g fat (16g saturated fat), 84mg cholesterol, 876mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 1g fiber), 24g protein.

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  • Bean Q
    Aug 3, 2017

    Easy and taste good. Was creamy even with using skim milk.

  • KathyCooks1943
    Dec 29, 2015

    Sorry, made as directed. Dry and stringy cheese. I weighed my ingredients so I know they were right. Too much cheese and/or not enough liquid for all that cheese. Bland. Really not much flavor. Tossed the leftovers. Won't make again.

  • BayAreaRob
    Oct 9, 2013

    This is a great recipe. We have been making this for years, pretty much the same way using low fat milk and we add a good handful or two of peas to it as well.

  • hbaseley
    Sep 4, 2013

    This was great, even using reduced fat Colby, fat free milk and margarine! I wasn't nuts over the 3 pan cleanup, but will make again.

  • kallee
    Jul 2, 2013

    I LOVE this recipe. It has to be one of my all time favorites. The texture is amazing. I always look forward to winter when we have ham so I can use the leftovers to make the ham dices. It is pretty simple to make and everyone who eats it loves it.

  • farmerswife518
    Mar 9, 2012

    We usually make this just on the stovetop and skip the baking steps. One of my family's favorites! Thanks for a great, easy, weeknight recipe!

  • crysmitchell
    Feb 18, 2012

    Wasn't a fan. I thought it was kind of dry.

  • Carol39110
    Nov 11, 2011

    This is a family favorite, especially with leftover Holiday ham.

  • Laura14002
    Oct 12, 2011

    I really enjoyed this recipe. I didn't put any mustard in and it still tasted good.

  • Sunnyday4me112
    Aug 21, 2011

    Very good! I added bread crumbs 5 minutes before it was done baking. Delicious!