Using up Leftover Ham: Cheesy Baked Penne

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I was with relatives for Easter Sunday this year. I happily munched on baked ham, deviled eggs, steamed asparagus, fruit salad, rolls and baked beans that someone else prepared and served. How good it felt to relax for once and let others be in charge of the cooking, and all I was asked to contribute was this lovely carrot cake recipe.

If you have leftover ham from your Easter celebration, here’s a good recipe to use it up: Cheesy Baked Penne. If you don’t have any leftover ham, you can pick up a big slice of baked ham in the “bacon” section of your market.

This wonderful comfort-food dish starts with a creamy sauce, scented with nutmeg. It’s mixed with cooked penne, peas, ham, provolone and Parmesan cheeses.

Baked to perfection in a mere 35 minutes! The provolone cheese gives it a wonderful robust flavor that really makes this dish worthwhile.

The edges of the penne that poke out of the top of the dish become a little bit crispy when it’s baked in the oven, adding to the wonderful variety of textures in the pasta. This dinner is entirely family friendly. My family gobbled it up and then asked for seconds.

This recipe can be found here: Cheesy Baked Penne
The carrot cake recipe can be found here:  Carrot Cake

Lori Lange of Recipe Girl

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  • Mandy wrote:

    I made this and went to make it again last night because I loved it. I couldn’t find the recipe or remember where I got it from. Thankfully I remembered it was this blog. Phew!

  • Janice wrote:

    This is comfort food at its best! Dare I admit that I still have some ham left over from Easter? We’ll finish it up tonight with this recipe!

  • Jen Schall wrote:

    Yum… I am a huge fan of mac and cheese with ham, and this looks right up my ally. Love the addition of peas, too.

  • Lauren wrote:

    This is my all-time favorite thing to do with leftover ham!! ultimate comfort food that screams of spring

  • kathy wrote:

    Yeah! You’ll be surprise what those left-over foods can be made into. 🙂

  • Colleen wrote:

    What about left over hard boiled eggs?

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      I made egg salad with mine!

  • Cookie wrote:

    We always have slices of ham and provolone in our fridge. What a great way to incorporate them into a new dish!

  • Elizabeth wrote:

    This looks so good!

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  • bellini valli wrote:

    There is so much comfort here in this one post like being wrapped in a warm blanket.

  • Cheryl Cormier wrote:

    Finally I can do something with my leftover ham!

  • diligent diletante wrote:

    looks scrumptious. =)

  • Nanny wrote:

    Looks delicious!

  • Memoria wrote:

    This penne dish looks fantastic!! I will have to try out the carrot cake recipe for my mother’s birthday. Thanks for sharing.

  • Kath wrote:

    That looks like a great use for leftover ham!

  • Maggy wrote:

    I have leftover ham and I definitely want to make that. YUM.

  • Kerstin wrote:

    Wow, I wish we had made ham now – what a yummy pasta! I’m still looking for the perfect carrot cake recipe too, so I’ll have to try this one 🙂

  • Sarah wrote:

    Looks yum. We didn’t have ham – but I may just go buy some for this!