Baked Ham Noodle Casserole with Peas

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January 16, 2023
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Are you ready for a new dinner recipe? This ham and noodle casserole is my first one for 2018, and I think it’s a pretty good start to the new year! You’ll love this comfort food dinner recipe. It has a creamy cheese sauce and is topped with crispy breadcrumbs. Kids and adults both give it a thumbs up!

This baked mac and cheese with ham and peas is a favorite dinner of kids and adults! #macandcheese #noodles #casserole #pasta #ham #peas

This ham and pea pasta was a big hit at our house. My 6-year-old said it was the best dinner he ever had all year. I asked him to clarify if he meant in the last 365 days or so far in 2018 since it was still the first week of January. He said it was the best for 2017 or 2018, so that’s pretty dang good. Granted, he says whatever he is eating, doing, or watching at the time is the best ever, but let’s go with it anyway.

This baked mac and cheese with ham and peas is a favorite dinner of kids and adults! #macandcheese #noodles #casserole #pasta #ham #peas

It only takes about 15 minutes to make this ham and cheese casserole with pasta, not counting the time it takes the water to come to a boil. I once saw a tip to start a big pot of water boiling when you get home from work so it’s ready whenever you want to start cooking dinner. I don’t need boiling water most nights, but I still think it’s a clever idea! If you don’t salt the water, you could always use it to make tea or something.

If you are on a gluten-free diet like me, you can still enjoy this recipe! I used gluten-free flour, pasta, and breadcrumbs, and it turned out perfectly.

This casserole is basically baked mac and cheese with ham and peas. If you want to make it vegetarian, you can follow it exactly without the ham, or if you don’t like peas, you could leave those out too. Or, you can make the sauce without any stir-ins for white mac and cheese! This recipe is really versatile, so be sure to keep it on your shortlist of dinners. Change up the meat and veggies to transform it into a new creation! I hope this cheesy pasta casserole becomes a favorite at your house too.

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This baked mac and cheese with ham and peas is a favorite dinner of kids and adults! #macandcheese #noodles #casserole #pasta #ham #peas

Ham and Noodle Casserole with Peas

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This baked mac and cheese with ham and peas is a favorite dinner of kids and adults!

  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x

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  1. Bring a pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Spray a 9 x 13″ baking dish with cooking spray, and set aside.
  2. Cook pasta according to package directions, and drain.
  3. While pasta cooks, melt butter in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add flour to melted butter, and whisk until combined.
  4. Whisk milk into flour mixture about a half cup at a time, making sure the consistency is smooth before adding more liquid. Bring this sauce base to a low simmer.
  5. Stir cheese, ham, and peas into sauce until cheese is melted. (The peas can be added while still frozen.) Stir in cooked pasta until combined well, and transfer to prepared baking dish.
  6. Melt butter in a microwave-safe dish in the microwave (or on the stove if you prefer). Stir breadcrumbs into the melted butter.
  7. Sprinkle 1/2 cup cheese over the pasta in the baking dish, and sprinkle the breadcrumbs over the cheese. Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes or until top is golden brown and edges are bubbly. Serve right away.

 

  • Author: Andi
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 20
Andi Gleeson, food blogger

Andi Gleeson

Andi Gleeson is a passionate blogger and mom based in San Francisco who focuses on easy and delicious dinner recipes.

9 comments

Fayelle
2 years ago

FYI print link is bad.

Rosie
1 year ago

Hi, Fayelle! You just click the green button with “Print Recipe” which will take you directly to the recipe copy for printing and begin printing it.

Katherine Kelley
4 years ago

I look at each recipe as a template & make it my own & this was a great one! Added some chopped onion, celery, & then garlic just before stirring in the flour. Then a little cayenne seasoning, salt, pepper, Italian seasoning. Still needed some zing & about a tsp+ of mustard powder was it! Great recipe! Though this is confusing me, above Andi is the author & below Samuel Warde is the author, plus comment & rating spot is totally unlike the usual! No stars to click on.

Jhonson
4 years ago

This is an amazing type of post.
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Jaime
6 years ago

Can you freeze this?

Diana Lopes
6 years ago

This casserole combines my all-time favorite ingredients, so I already know I’ll love this too. Thanks!

Pamela
6 years ago

So simple and delicious

Mo K
6 years ago

Another winner, Andi! I made this tonight with only adding some freshly ground pepper to the white sauce. I think I may add some garlic powder or garlic salt next time, just cuz we love garlic so much. But it surely wasn’t “missing” anything, flavor-wise. Hubby and I both loved it. Thanks so much for this keeper of a recipe!! :-)

Sheryl Reeves
6 years ago

This sounds really good and comforting. I would have to leave out the peas as my husband is anti-veggie. I know about the freezing temps in Texas as I am approximately 12 miles from you in Elgin, Texas. It has been a very long time since we have had a winter like this. Ready for Spring.

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