Saturday, September 5, 2009

Ham and Shells Casserole

Oh, this was one yummy dinner!
This recipe from This Girl's Food was delicious. I ended up having to make some changes, the biggest being the fact that I didn't bake it. I preheated my oven, and my kitchen started to fill with smoke. I peeked in and saw that whatever I had made last had apparently spilled and I didn't notice. So... no baking!
I really enjoyed the creaminess of it, and while I wonder what it would be like out of the oven, I'm not sure I'd try. Why mess with a good thing?

  • 1 pkg (16 oz.) medium pasta shells
  • 3 large onions
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 9 oz. package fresh spinach, torn
  • 1 Tbsp minced fresh rosemary or 1 tsp dried rosemary, crushed
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3-1/2 cups skim milk
  • 1 cup park-skim ricotta cheese (I omitted because I didn't have any)
  • 1 cup (4 oz.) crumbled goat cheese (I used mozzarella)
  • 2 cups cubed fully cooked ham
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 350°

Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium heat, saute onions in oil for 15-20 minutes or unitl golden brown. Add spinach and rosemary, cook for a few minutes until spinach is wilted.

Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, melt butter. Stir in flour and pepper until smooth and cook for a few minutes. Gradually add milk, stirring to prevent lumps from forming. Bring to a boil, cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from heat and stir in cheeses until blended.

Drain pasta, place in a large bowl. Add the ham, onion mixture and sauce and toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Pour into a greased 9x13 baking dish and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Bake uncovered for 25-30 minutes until bubbly.


  1. I love ham and pasta recipes, there aren't enough! This would even be great to use with ham that'll be leftover after Thanksgiving :).

  2. Thanks for blogging this recipe, it was a hit in our house!


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