Baked Ham Rigatoni

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You could also use leftover ham. I'm thinking this would be good with broccoli or green peas added too.

Mommy's Kitchen: Baked Ham Rigatoni ~ Cheesy Good ~

Baked Ham Rigatoni

1 16 oz package rigatoni
4 tablespoons butter, separated (not margarine)
1/2 cup flour
4 cups milk
2 cups grated mozzarella cheese, separated
1/2 lb thinly sliced ham
onion salt, to taste
pepper, to taste
cayenne pepper (optional)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Start by making the white sauce. In a medium saucepan melt 2 tablespoons butter.

While the butter melts, start the water for the pasta to boil. When the water is boiling, add pasta and cook until al dente (8-10 minutes)

When the butter is melted, whisk in the flour and blend until light brown. Slowly start adding the milk about one cup at a time, whisking as you go. This keeps the lumps from forming. Keep adding the milk until you have added it all. If mixture starts to boil too much just lower the heat. Keep whisking until you have a smooth sauce.


When sauce is done, add onion powder, pepper and cayenne pepper if using. The sauce is done when it can coat the back of the spoon. Add the ham last and mix gently.

Add 1 cup of the cheese to the white sauce and stir until melted. Drain pasta and add to sauce. Gently fold the mixture until everything is blended.

Spray a 9 x 13 baking dish with non-stick spray. Add the pasta mixture and smooth the top. Sprinkle with additional cup of cheese and dot with remaining 2 tablespoons butter.

Bake for 25 minutes or until bubbly and top is golden brown. Remove and enjoy.

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