Cheesy Baked Penne or not

February 10, 2014By 19 Comments

I was looking for a recipe that would use up some of our leftover ham and liked the sound/look of this recipe on titled “Cheesy Baked Penne

Cheesy Mac & Ham

Yes, it’s not really penne – I had to use elbow noodles, sorry it was all I had. The recipe ended up just as delicious!! Really, grandkid approved!


I almost followed the instructions, had a few hiccups with the pantry –  no penne pasta, no frozen peas (not sure why these would be in there anyway). Otherwise exactly right…..well close to exactly….


I put my 4 cups of milk on and the water for the noodles, added butter to a pan and chopped up my left over ham (I really needed more).


I added the flour to the butter and then added the milk slowly per the instructions. Kristina taking a turn whisking. After several minutes I felt the sauce was too thin so I added a bit more flour. 


Rami wanted to help so she took a turn whisking while I added the cheese. She likes cooking. 


I did add the ham to the sauce and let the ham heat up before I added the noodles. I then poured it into an oven pan and baked it about 20 mins. Without the frozen peas and by adding the ham to the sauce to heat up, I didn’t think it needed more time to be done.  However, I like my cheeze crunchy so it could have used more time to get that way or it could have been hit with the broiler…the grandkids did not want cruchy cheese…..sometimes I wonder where they get it from…..

Hammy mac and cheese

Overall I give this recipe 4 stars. Next time I will add more seasonings – more pepper and some garlic. Not sure the nutmeg was really needed and the amount was so small, not sure I tasted it over the cinnamon and nutmeg on the ham (left over sweet ham). Pretty tasty! 

Hope you try something new today!
Thanks for reading, Millie


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  1. Looked delicious and love when I can make something awesome from leftovers. Happy Monday and have a great week ladies 🙂

  2. Vickie says:

    Mmmmm…. crunchy cheese! Yes, I too would have put it under the broiler to get that golden brown deliciousness of crunchy cheese! 🙂 Your grands are cute!

    • Thanks 🙂 they take after grammy! lol 🙂 I so love crunchy cheese – how can kids not? My son doesn’t either. Totally ruins having pizza or lasagna – I have to make his own separately so I can have TON and TONS of cheese!!

  3. Leslie says:

    Yes! I’l be there fr dinner after work today. Hehe. Yum!

  4. Echo says:

    Looks fantastic! I may add this to my meal plan for the week!

  5. Stephanie B says:

    Looks delicious! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  6. Erlene says:

    We love cheesy pasta meals at our house. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Stopping in from MaMade Blog Hop.

  7. Mmm this looks so good!! I love me some cheesy pasta! Thanks so much for linking up at the MaMade Blog Hop! Don’t forget to stop back to link up again next week and see if you were featured! Have a great week 🙂

  8. Jann Olson says:

    Sounds yummy! Not sure if I’d want the peas in it either. Cheesy gets me every time. lol! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  9. Sara says:

    I love homemade mac n cheese! Thanks for sharing!

    Thanks for linking up with us at Tell Me About It Tuesday! I hope you hop over again next week.

  10. Becca Lynn says:

    Oh wow, this looks really amazing!

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