Baked Rigatoni

Here is a yummy pasta dish that I discovered on a site called Recipes of a Cheapskate. It was a great way to use up leftover ham that I had. It’s basically like a white mac and cheese with ham in it. You could use any pasta that you have on hand. I used mini penne. I also was out of straight mozzarella cheese, so I used a combination of mozzarella, provolone, asiago, and romano cheeses.

Baked Rigatoni

1 pkg (16 oz) rigatoni pasta ( I used mini penne)
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup flour
1 qt milk (4 cups)
2 cups grated mozzarella cheese
about 1/2 lb thinly sliced ham
seasonings (onion salt, pepper, cayenne pepper)
small pads of butter for top

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Melt butter over medium heat and start water boiling for pasta. Once butter is melted, whisk in flour. Add your milk, and continue to stir until the sauce is thick enough to coat the back of the spoon. When the water is boiling, add pasta and cook until just past the al-dente stage. Just starting to get soft. When the white sauce is done, add your seasoning, ham, and cheese. stir well, to get the cheese melted. Drain your pasta and add to the sauce. Pour mixture into a greased 9×13 pan, smooth the top and sprinkle with cheese. Dot the top with your pads of butter and bake for about 25 minutes, or until the top is bubbly and brown.
According to Recipes from a Cheapskate if you’re trying to freeze this recipe, let it cool completely after pouring it into the pan, then add your cheese on top and the butter. Cover securely and freeze. I’d say give it about 3-6 months in the freezer for it to stay good. If cooking it frozen, add about 30 minutes on the time, and check the center before you take it out.

9 comments on “Baked Rigatoni

  • I made this with leftover ham and wrote about it here. Thank you so much for sharing the recipe. It was awesome!

  • Yum! It looks bubbly and delicious!

  • Mmmmm, not the best post for me to read at this time of day ;. Sounds absolutely delish!

  • Thanks for trying my recipe! This was such a popular dish in our house until we found out k-girl's allergic to cheese. . .I just love that brown crunchy top 🙂

  • Hi – My name is Maggie Dwyer and I work for Edelman PR on behalf of Kraft Foods. I’ve been following Real Mom Kitchen and I have a potential project I’d like to work with you on if you’re interested and have the time. I didn’t see your contact info listed but if get a chance, could you shoot me an email so I can reply with some details? ( Thanks so much… and wow, does THAT look good (I really shouldn’t be reading food blogs before I’ve eaten lunch)!

  • This is a great idea. I have leftover ham I need to use up as well.

  • That looks really good and perfect for an easy weeknight meal.

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