Baked Pasta with Ham, Tomatoes, and Cheese
adapted from Bon Appetit The Christmas Season cookbook recipe
12 ounces rigatoni (or penne), cooked al dente
1 1/2 cups diced cooked ham
4 large roma tomatoes, diced
1 cup crumbled Feta
1 cup grated mozzarella cheese
3/4 cup cottage cheese
1/4 cup hot pasta water (I save more just in case it is dry)
1 1/2 tea dried thyme
1 cup whipping cream
Mix cooked pasta, ham, tomatoes, Feta, Mozzarella, cottage cheese, and thyme. Pour into greased 13 X 9 pan. Pour whipping cream and pasta water over. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and toss to blend. Cover with foil. Bake 15 minutes. Stir to mix melted cheese. Cover again and cook 45 minutes longer.
My friend adds in mushrooms every time she makes it. Sadly, my girls do not like mushrooms.