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Pizza Macaroni and Cheese with Leftover Holiday Ham

Updated on January 10, 2014
Pizza Macaroni and Cheese With Leftover Holiday Ham
Pizza Macaroni and Cheese With Leftover Holiday Ham | Source
5 stars from 1 rating of Pizza Mac n Cheese with Ham

Your meals should be good, otherwise why would you bother making them?

One of my favorite foods is pizza! I think I could eat pizza until I passed out.

So when considering how to integrate our leftover ham into our next meal, this sounded like a perfect combination.

I could either make a pizza and dot it with our leftover ham, which actually sounds wonderful, or I could make a pasta dish with him.

Pasta just seemed to make sense for a nice quick meal with hardy any work. Pizza would have taken just a bit longer.

It was so easy to toss pasta into some boiling water and mix in the right ingredients. Voila!

It only takes 30 minutes and is a great meal that you can serve your whole family. I think the leftover ham was the absolute best part of the whole meal. lol

If you'd like to do it a little bit differently, you could make a cheese sauce on the side to add to your pasta before adding your pasta sauce.

The pasta sauce could even be added just on top of the cheesy pasta. Have fun with this!

Ingredients for Pizza Macaroni and Cheese
Ingredients for Pizza Macaroni and Cheese | Source
Step One: Bring a pot of water to a boil and then add your macaroni noodles
Step One: Bring a pot of water to a boil and then add your macaroni noodles | Source
Step Two: Boil your pasta with a little bit of salt for about 10 minutes, until soft
Step Two: Boil your pasta with a little bit of salt for about 10 minutes, until soft | Source
Step Three: When ready, strain your noodles in the sink
Step Three: When ready, strain your noodles in the sink | Source

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: Serves 4-5 people 1 cup of pasta

Ingredients

  • 1 half bag elbow pasta
  • 1 regular bottle pasta sauce, any flavor
  • 2 tablespoons oregano
  • 1/2 cup parsley
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheese
  • 1 cup leftover ham, chopped

Instructions

  1. Fill a medium soup pot with water and set it to boil on the stove. It might take about 10 minutes or so.
  2. When boiling, dump a half a bag of elbow pasta into your water.
  3. Turn the temperature down to medium, mix your pasta and water thoroughly with wooden spoon, and slowly boil it until your pasta is soft, about 10 minutes or so.
  4. Strain in a colander in the sink when fully cooked and turn the heat off on the stove.
  5. Return your noodles to the original pot and set it back on the stove.
  6. Add your chosen flavor of pasta sauce to your pasta. I started with a half a cup and kept adding until I was happy with the consistency and taste. I ended up with about 2 cups of sauce; almost the entire bottle.
  7. Then add your oregano. Once again, I started with 1 tablespoon, but felt like it needed another tablespoon to be right.
  8. Add your shredded cheese and mix thoroughly. We like to use white cheese as it has less fat than yellow/orange cheese.
  9. The heat of the pasta will heat everything up and melt the cheese.
  10. If it looks like the cheese isn't mixing in, and instead is sticking to the spatula, add a 1/2 cup of milk to help it mix in.
  11. Just before adding the ham, add in your parsley and mix well.
  12. Now add your chopped leftover ham and mix in.
  13. Now serve and enjoy!
  14. We topped ours with more sauce and some Parmesan cheese. Yum!
Step Four: Add your pasta sauce; I ended up adding just about the whole bottle, Step Five: Add your oregano
Step Four: Add your pasta sauce; I ended up adding just about the whole bottle, Step Five: Add your oregano | Source
By tasting it, it ended up needing about 2 tablespoons. Step Six: Add your shredded cheese
By tasting it, it ended up needing about 2 tablespoons. Step Six: Add your shredded cheese | Source
Step Seven: Mix everything well, Step Eight: If your cheese starts looking like this, add about 3/4 cup of milk
Step Seven: Mix everything well, Step Eight: If your cheese starts looking like this, add about 3/4 cup of milk | Source
Step Nine: Now add your parsley; The amount will generally be personal preference, Step Ten: Add in your chopped leftover ham
Step Nine: Now add your parsley; The amount will generally be personal preference, Step Ten: Add in your chopped leftover ham | Source
Step Eleven: Mix everything well, Step Twelve: Serve and enjoy!!
Step Eleven: Mix everything well, Step Twelve: Serve and enjoy!! | Source

Nutritional Information

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 cup of pasta
Calories 570
Calories from Fat315
% Daily Value *
Fat 35 g54%
Saturated fat 17 g85%
Carbohydrates 36 g12%
Fiber 2 g8%
Protein 29 g58%
Sodium 960 mg40%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.
The Sign of a Good Meal
The Sign of a Good Meal | Source

Personal Review

I'm always trying out new recipes, and this was one I was craving last night.

It sounded wonderful. I LOVE pizza, and I loved our leftover ham from New Years.

My husband gets ham and pineapple on his pizza all the time. This was pretty much the same thing. Being a sweet ham cooked in fruit and honey, it would mimic that ham and pineapple flavor.

Well, it ended up tasting a bit weird. Don't get me wrong. It was good, but just a different kind of flavor.

We topped it with a little extra pasta sauce and shredded cheese and it was pretty good.

While cooking this meal, I guarantee you're going to adjust the amount of each and every ingredient in this recipe to your liking.

I started with half a cup of pasta sauce and just kept adding as the pasta was seeming to absorb it all. I started with one tablespoon of oregano, and ended up adding another tablespoon and parsley to make it taste just right.

But isn't that the point of any good recipe? To taste it and adjust it to match your families desires?

I know you'll enjoy this! You can even try adding different kinds of meat to switch it up a tad.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm done for the day. I just wanted to wish you a great weekend. Let me ask you this question: do you have a plan beyond HubPages? I can see the groundwork is being laid for the future, but I'm wondering what you see....or is this it, a future of HubPages? You know how to get in touch with me if you want to chat about it. :)

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      emilybee 3 years ago

      Yum! I could eat pizza until I passed out too :-) Looks great and so simple.

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      Victoria Van Ness 3 years ago from Prescott Valley

      Billybuc,

      I am also an author. I currently have one book published and am working on a number of new ones! We have been working hard to market my books and bring more attention to my work.

      HubPages has just been a way to use my time productively, get more exposure, and attempt to make a name for myself. I love it, so I plan to continue, but my books are actually my plan for the future. :)

      Emilybee,

      Thanks to a fellow pizza lover! I really think you'll love it. If only I could pass you some of my yummy New Year's ham. :)

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      kevina oyatedor 3 years ago

      That is so awesome! Two of my favorite foods together in one dish, very good. Awesome recipe.

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      Victoria Van Ness 3 years ago from Prescott Valley

      Thanks!!

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