Ham & Cheese Bowties

Ham & Cheese Bowties

Ham & Cheese Bowties

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I thought this might taste like macaroni and cheese with ham thrown in but it didn’t.  I’m not sure why but it had a different flavor – delicious!  And this is likely to be a kid pleaser, too.  Serve it with a green salad and call it a meal.


  • 8 ounces bowtie pasta
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 cups milk
  • ½ teaspoon prepared mustard (1)
  • 2-1/2 cups shredded Colby cheese (2)
  • 4 ounces cooked ham, julienned (3)
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Bring a large pot of water to a boil.  Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.

Meanwhile, in a large saucepan over medium heat, melt butter.  Sauté garlic 30 seconds.  Whisk in flour, salt and pepper.  Cook and stir until smooth.  Pour in milk, a little at a time, stirring constantly.  Bring to a boil for 1 minute.  Stir in mustard and Colby. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until cheese is melted.  Remove from heat and stir in pasta and ham.

Pour into a 2-quart baking dish (4).  Sprinkle with Parmesan.

Bake 20 to 25 minutes, or until bubbly and golden.


(1)     I omitted.  I don’t like mustard.

(2)     I used Colby/jack.

(3)     I actually increased this recipe by half.  I would have doubled it but I only had 12 ounces of pasta.  I used 16 ounces of diced ham.

(4)     Since I increased the recipe by half, I used a greased 9×13 pan.

(5)     If you wanted to decrease the amount of cheese, you could.  It’s plenty cheesy.

Ham & Cheese Bowties

from All Recipes Magazine, February/March 2014

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