Ranch Ham Pasta Salad

Ingredients 
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup Mayonnaise
  • 1 packet  ranch dressing mix
  • 1 lb spiral pasta, cooked
  • 2 large carrots
  • 1 1/2 cups broccoli
  • 1 cup ham
  • 1 cup cheese
  • 1/2 yellow bell pepper
  • 1/2 red bell pepper
Directions
  1. Combine the sour cream, mayo and ranch dressing mix.  Set aside.
  2. Cook the pasta until al dente.  Drain and rinse with cold water, drizzle with a bit of canola oil so it doesn’t stick.
  3. Chop the veggies, ham and cheese into bite sized pieces.  Combine with the pasta and 3/4 of the dressing mix.  Stir well, add additional dressing if it is too dry.
  4. Refrigerate for at least an hour before serving.

This recipe is a slight variation of the recipe found here: Mrs Schwarz’s Kitchen

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Potato Crusted Veggie Ham Bake

Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 3 cups frozen hash browns, thawed
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 1/2 cups zucchini, sliched thin
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cup ham, diced
  • 1/4 teaspoon basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup colby-jack cheese, shredded

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400. Grease a glass 8×8 dish and set aside.
  2. Combin the slightly beaten egg with hash browns and parmesan cheese.
  3. Press mixture into the bottom and up the sides of the glass dish.
  4. Bake the crust for 15 mintues or until the edges begin to brown.
  5. In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Stir in zucchini and red pepper. Stir often, for about 5 minutes.
  6. Stir in ham, basil, salt and pepper until well combined. Remove the pan from heat and allow the mixture to cool slightly.
  7. Beat the remaining 2 eggs and milk together in a large mixing bowl. Add in the zucchini mixture and cheese, stirring to blend. Pour the mixture into the baked potato crust.
  8. Bake for 18 minutes or until set. Allow the casserole to stand 10 minutes before cutting.

This recipe comes from a Hillbilly Housewife cookbook.

Creamy Ham and Potato Chowder – Slow Cooker

Although this recipe is a slow cooker recipe, it only takes 4 hours from start to finish. So if you normally eat at 6:00 you’ll need to start it at 2:00.

Serves: 6

Ingredients
  • 12 oz potatoes,  cut into ¾-inch pieces
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • Two 14.5- oz cans chicken broth
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • ½ tsp dried thyme, crushed
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • One 12- oz can evaporated fat-free milk (1½ cups)
  • ½ cup ham, diced
  • 1 cup coarsely shredded carrots (2 medium)
  • 1 cup broccoli florets, steamed
  • ¼ cup shredded cheddar cheese (1- oz)

DIRECTIONS

  1. In the insert of a slow cooker, combine potatoes and onion powder. Pour broth over vegetables. Cover and cook on high-heat setting for 3 hours.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine cornstarch, thyme and pepper. Whisk in evaporated milk. Slowly stir the cornstarch mixture, ham and carrots into the hot soup. Cover and cook for 30 minutes more, stirring the soup occasionally.
  3. Serve the soup topped with broccoli and cheese.

Excerpted from  Better Homes and Gardens Skinny Slow Cooker.

Ham and Cheese Paninis (or grilled sandwiches)

Ingredients (makes 6 sandwiches)

  • 12 slices of quality bread
  • 1 lb ham, turkey and/or roast beef, sliced
  • 12 slices cheddar/swiss/provolone cheese
  • 1/4 cup honey mustard
  • 2 TBS mayonaise
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1 tsp poppyseeds
  • 1 tsp fresh chives, chopped

Instructions

Preheat your panini press, griddle or George Foreman grill 🙂 .

Mix together mustard, mayonaise, parsley, chives, and poppy seeds. Adjust recipe to taste.

To assemble, spread about a tablespoon of the mustard sauce on top and bottom breads. Lay on roast beef or ham, then one or two slices of cheese. Place the top half on and transfer sandwich to preheated panini press. Cook until the bread is toasted and the meat is warm all the way through.

Serve immediately.

Find the original recipe here 

Split Pea Soup with Ham

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. dried split peas, rinsed and sorted
  • 2 quarts chicken broth or 8 c. water + 8 tsp. chicken bouillon
  • 1 lb. ham diced into small pieces (perfect for left over ham!)
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 4-5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp. marjoram
  • 1/2 tsp. smoked paprika
  • pinch of thyme
  • 1 bay leaf

Directions

Place all the ingredients in a slow cooker and cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 4 hours. You can also cook it on high until it starts to boil and then turn the setting on low until you’re ready to serve the soup. Top with garlic croutons.

Slightly adapted from http://www.ourbestbites.com/2011/01/split-pea-soup-with-ham/

Ham Roll-ups

INGREDIENTS

  • 8 oz Sour Cream
  • 4 tsp margarine
  • Dash of pepper
  • 2 c Ham, cubed
  • 4 oz chopped mushrooms (Optional)
  • 2 cans Crescent rolls

Coating:

  • ¾ c Margarine, melted
  • ¾ c Bread crumbs
  • ¼ tsp Poultry seasoning

DIRECTIONS

  1. 1.       Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. 2.       Mix sour cream, margarine, pepper, ham and mushrooms (if desired)
  3. 3.       Unroll crescent rolls and flatten out
  4. 4.       Place 2 TBS of filling on each roll and roll closed, like a burrito, making sure all edges are sealed

Mix bread crumbs and poultry seasoning. Dip the top of each roll in the melted margarine then in the bread crumbs. Bake at 375 degrees for 10 -13 minutes or until golden brown

Creamy Fettuccine with Ham and Peas

Creamy Fettuccine with Ham and Peas

Photo source: Mel’s Kitchen Cafe

YIELD: SERVES 4-6

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 pound dry fettuccine noodles
  • 2 cups frozen peas
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 1 1/2 cups lowfat milk (I used 1%)
  • 1 (8-ounce) light or regular cream cheese, cubed
  • 8 ounces ham, chopped
  • 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a large pot, boil the fettuccine according to package directions. Add the peas during the last 3 minutes of cooking. Drain the pasta and peas in a colander and set aside.
  2. While the pasta is boiling, in a large 12-inch skillet or a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in the cubed cream cheese, whisking or stirring until it is well combined with the butter and garlic and the mixture is relatively smooth. Slowly whisk in the milk and continue stirring and cooking until the mixture is bubbly and hot, 1-2 minutes. Remove the skillet or pot from the heat and stir in the ham and Parmesan cheese.
  3. Return the pasta and peas to the large pot they cooked in and pour in the sauce. Toss to combine. Sprinkle with black pepper, if desired. Serve immediately.

Recipe and Photo from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe. Seriously. I love her blog. You should check it out.