It's cold, dreary, and raining outside. That calls for a comfort food type of meal and this Ham and Cheese Baked Ziti is the perfect one! It's a great way to use up leftover ham and makes the perfect freezer meal. It's a popular dinner in my house and a simple and easy one!
Ham and Cheese Baked Ziti
Adapted from Betty Crocker
16 oz. ziti pasta cooked to al dente
1/4cup butter or margarine
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
1/4 cup flour
1/2teaspoon Dijon mustard
2 cups shredded cheddar jack cheese
1/3cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 cups cooked, diced ham
Heat oven to 350ºF. Cook and drain pasta to al dente and set aside
Melt butter in a saucepan over low heat. Cook garlic in butter 30 seconds, stirring frequently. Stir in flour and salt. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is smooth and bubbly. Gradually stir in milk. Heat to boiling, stirring constantly for 1 minute. Stir in mustard and one cup of the cheese. Cook, stirring occasionally, until cheese is melted.
Stir pasta and ham into cheese sauce. Pour into ungreased 2-quart casserole. Sprinkle with remaining shredded cheddar jack and parmesan cheese. Bake uncovered 20 to 25 minutes or until bubbly. Enjoy!