Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Christmas Leftovers Hooray!! Baked Pasta with Ham, Tomatoes, and Cheese

I saw on Facebook that someone likes to make ham soup with leftover holiday ham. I wanted to comment with a link to my favorite Christmas ham leftover recipe. To my astonishment I did not have the recipe on my little food blog. How do I have over 300 recipes and not have this gem? This is a whole family favorite.

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.