Ham, Spinach, and Pasta Casserole

Ham, Spinach, and Pasta Casserole

I love casseroles.  And fortunately for me, my husband doesn’t mind it when I find a new recipe to try out.  As scared as he might be at the prospect of me playing the mad scientist in the kitchen, he never lets on.  He is truly a brave soul!

Over the years, I’ve found that some casseroles can look better than they actually taste, and vice-versa.  I’ve been pleased with some, and disappointed with others. 

A recipe I found at the Better Homes and Gardens website inspired me to make this dish. 

I also have several other casserole recipes to work through and I’ll be sharing them here too.  If you haven’t already, please subscribe to my blog via email so you never miss one of my posts.  

Ham, Spinach, and Pasta Casserole


2 2/3 c. bow tie pasta (cook according to package)

1 tbsp. margarine

1 small onion, sliced thin

2 cloves garlic, crushed

1 mini sweet red pepper, diced

1 mini sweet yellow pepper, diced

1/2 c. heavy cream

1 1/2 c. milk

1/4 c. all-purpose flour

1 1/2 c. chicken broth

1/4 c. grated parmesan cheese, heaping

1/4 tsp. black pepper

1/4 tsp. season salt

1/4 tsp. dried parsley

2 c. fresh spinach, rinsed, dried, and chopped

1 c. cooked ham, cubed or sliced

1 Roma tomato, seeded and diced

3/4 c. mozzarella cheese


In a large skillet, add margarine, onion, red and yellow peppers, and garlic.  Cook until vegetables are soft  and tender.  Add flour, milk and chicken broth; cook until it thickens – stirring often. Stir in parmesan cheese, pepper, season salt, and parsley.  Remove from heat and add ham, spinach, and pasta; mix thoroughly.  Pour into a 2 quart casserole dish that has been coated with non-stick cooking spray.  Top with tomato and mozzarella cheese. 

Bake uncovered for 22-25 minutes.  Remove from oven and allow to cool 5 minutes before serving. 

Serves 6Ham, Spinach, and Pasta Casserole

Ham, Spinach, and Pasta Casserole

So what do (we) think about this dish?  It’s a winner.  It’s creamy, cheesy, and has a hint of smoky flavor.  I served this casserole with a tossed salad and garlic bread; it was a perfect meal for a cold winter night. 

The only problem with this casserole? Getting good pictures of it on a dark winter night.

Do you like casseroles?  If so, what’s your favorite? Ham, Spinach, and Pasta Casserole



9 Comment

  1. Sandra says:

    Yeah those nighttime shots can be frustrating. This looks so creamy and to me that is the hallmark of a good casserole. We like casseroles and for some reason I don’t make them too often. I guess mac and cheese would be my fave.

  2. Sara Ann says:

    YUM! My favorite casserole would have to be chicken spaghetti or chicken and wild rice casserole (except I make mine with no condensed soup) 🙂

  3. RLMcKeown says:

    This looks DELICIOUS! I love spaghetti squash, spinach, cheese and chicken or ham casserole. Sooo good!

  4. Monet says:

    Casseroles are the best. And ever since I got pregnant, I want cheesy pasta all the time. Baked ziti is a current favorite. Thank you for sharing another delectable creation. I hope you are having a restful Sunday afternoon, and I hope you have an even better week. Hugs and love!

    1. If you’re going to crave something, it may as well have cheese in it 🙂 Hope you’re feeling well. Thanks for stopping by, and have a great week too!

  5. Denise at BeBetsy says:

    Let’s see – pasta, meat, cheese, cream, more cheese and spinach made by TJOC? It must be fantastic! Casseroles are so great as leftovers too – which you probably never have because yours are so good. 🙂 Hugs.

    1. I wish you and Sharon lived closer – I could make a casserole and share it, while we sipped some awesome Finger Lakes Wine!

  6. Liz says:

    This looks like a wonderful casserole! Love all its glorious cheese!! I’ve started making some dinners mid-day just so I can take a picture…the crazy life of a food blogger 🙂

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