Pasta, Ham and Gruyere Casserole is a hearty, delicious & simple dish, with egg noodles, Gruyere cheese, peas, spices and ham baked in a creamy sauce. Pasta, Ham and Gruyere Casserole is a hearty, delicious & simple dish, with egg noodles, Gruyere cheese, peas, spices and ham baked in a creamy sauce.

Do you ever have those days when you get so busy with projects or other activities that when it gets to be dinner time, you realize you didn’t remember to plan anything or lay anything out from the freezer? Where you wish the dinner “fairies” would magically appear and fix dinner (and clean up) for you? Yep. I did that about a week ago. I racked my brain and ended up creating this this Pasta, Ham and Gruyere Cheese Casserole “on the fly” for a quick and easy dinner. Boy, was it good!

Before making this, I foraged to see what leftovers we had hanging around, and came up with this idea for a quick pasta based casserole, and guess what? It actually tasted great! Hooray for last minute throw-together dinners!!!!

Egg noodles and smokey flavored Gruyere cheese sauce is a great combo. Add to that some ham, a few peas, and a few more ingredients, and BAM! You’ve got yourself a quick casserole (like Mac n’ Cheese on steroids) that tastes so good! So I thought I would share this easy recipe on the ol’ blog today. Here’s how to make this simple dish:

Cook The Pasta First

First things first. Cook the egg noodles in boiling water per the package instructions until done. Once they are fully cooked, drain them well. Easy, right? While the noodles are cooking, you can make the cheese sauce.

Egg noodles are cooked according to package instructions, then drained.
Make The Creamy Cheese Sauce

While the noodles are cooking you can make the cheese sauce. In a large saucepan melt the butter, and then add the flour, garlic powder and onion powder. Whisk these ingredients together, and cook for about a minute on low heat.

Add the Gruyere cheese and milk to the pan. Cook the sauce on low heat, stirring often, until cheese has melted, and the mixture thickens. Once the sauce has thickened, pour in the whipping cream, stir to fully blend, and then season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Butter, milk, spices and cheese are slowly cooked in pan.Add Ham, Frozen Peas and Noodles To Sauce

Once you have the sauce seasoned to taste with the salt and pepper, add the pieces of ham. “Leftover” Ham. Hooray for leftovers!

Ham chunks are added to the hot cheese sauce for this casserole.
After adding the ham, toss in the frozen peas. Yep. Just throw them in frozen. There’s no need to thaw them at all! They will thaw quickly in the hot cheese sauce.

Frozen peas are added to the hot cheese sauce.
Now add the cooked and drained egg noodles, and stir gently, to combine and fully coat the noodles with the cheese sauce.

The cooked, drained egg noodles are then added to the ham, peas and cheese sauce.Time To Bake The Pasta, Ham and Gruyere Casserole

Spray an 8×8 baking dish with non-stick spray and pour the combined pasta and sauce into the dish. Grate additional Gruyere cheese onto the top of the casserole. Sprinkle with the bread crumbs, cover the dish with aluminum foil, and place the pasta, ham and Gruyere casserole into a preheated 350°F oven.

Casserole is topped with Gruyere cheese and bread crumbs before baking.
Bake the pasta, ham and Gruyere casserole for 30 minutes. When done, it should be bubbly around the edges, and golden brown on top. Remove the dish from the oven and carefully remove foil. When it comes out of the oven 30 minutes later, it should look like this:

Pasta, Ham and Gruyere Casserole hot out of the oven, and golden brown.Time To Eat!

I recommend letting the casserole cool for just a minute or two, to make it easier to dish up, then dish it up! The pasta tastes fantastic (I credit the smokey taste of that Gruyere Cheese!). We enjoyed it this time with some of the green beans I canned last summer (from our garden).

The leftover casserole for lunch the next day was wonderful, as well. Store the casserole covered in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days. This recipe makes 4 servings, but could very easily be doubled.

A portion of the pasta, ham and Gruyere casserole with green beans on the side.
Hope you will give pasta, ham and Gruyere casserole a try. It’s EASY and DELICIOUS! Have a great day.

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Pasta, Ham and Gruyere Casserole
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 

Pasta, Ham and Gruyere Casserole is a hearty, delicious & simple dish, with egg noodles, Gruyere cheese, peas, spices and ham baked in a creamy sauce.

Category: Entree
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pasta, ham and gruyere casserole
Servings: 4 servings
Calories Per Serving: 420 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 2 cups egg noodles (or any pasta you prefer)
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 Tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup cup grated Gruyere cheese
  • 1/3 cup whipping cream
  • salt and pepper (to taste)
  • 1 cup chopped ham
  • 1/3 cup peas (frozen are fine)
  • Additional 1/4 cup grated Gruyere cheese (for garnish)
  • 2 Tablespoons bread crumbs (for garnish)
  • Non-stick spray (for baking dish)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 8"x8" baking dish with non-stick spray. Set aside.

  2. Cook pasta according to pkg. instructions. Drain. Set aside.
  3. While pasta is cooking, prepare cheese sauce. Melt butter in large pan (or skillet). Whisk in flour, garlic powder and onion powder. Cook for about a minute. Add milk. Stir until fully combined and sauce has thickened. Add a cup of grated cheese. Stir to combine. Cook on low until cheese has fully melted. Add whipping cream. Stir to fully combine. Continue cooking on LOW, but do not let mixture come to a boil. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

  4. Add ham pieces. Add peas. Stir gently to combine. Add cooked and drained pasta. Stir gently until pasta is coated with sauce. Pour pasta and sauce into prepared 8x8 baking dish. Cover the top of casserole with additional grated cheese, then sprinkle with bread crumbs.

  5. Cover baking dish with aluminum foil. Cut a tiny hole in top of foil to vent, then bake casserole in 350 degree oven for 30 minutes. When done, and cheese is bubbly, remove to a wire rack for a minute or two to slightly cool, then serve. Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Pasta, Ham and Gruyere Casserole
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 420 Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Fat 26g40%
Saturated Fat 15g94%
Cholesterol 112mg37%
Sodium 594mg26%
Potassium 167mg5%
Carbohydrates 24g8%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 20g40%
Vitamin A 920IU18%
Vitamin C 4.9mg6%
Calcium 400mg40%
Iron 1.2mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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