This is from Taste of Home Dec/Jan 2011. It turned out SO good! I made a few modifications (as usual) so here is my recipe. (It is called Ranch Ham 'n' Cheese pasta in the magazine.)
Ham and Cheese Pasta Dish
1 (16 oz) pkg penne pasta
1 Tbsp. butter
1 Tbsp. flour
1 Cup milk
2 tsp. dried parsley flakes
1 tsp. garlic salt (will change this to garlic powder to reduce salt)
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. onion salt (will change this to onion salt to reduce salt)
1/2 tsp. dill weed
1 cup sour cream
2 cups cubed ham
1 cup cheddar cheese
Cook pasta according to package directions: drain.
In skillet melt butter, whisk in flour until smooth. Add milk and seasonings. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes until thickened.
Reduce heat; Fold in sour cream until blended. Add ham and pasta; cook and stir until heated through. Add cheese. When melted it is ready to serve.
I'm going to try this with other meats like chicken or ground beef but also plan on serving this as a vegetarian main dish with broccoli/cauliflower added. Or just a fancy side dish with the wonderful sauce and pasta.
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