Baked Penne with Ham and Broccoli

  • Colleen R. Posted: 11/29/09
    Worthy of a Special Occasion

    Absolutely loved this dish. Easy to make, and a great way to use ham left from the holidays. Adults and kids loved it. Only recommendation; next time I will put in more pasta, there is enough liquid to handle it. Did not make any alterations to the dish, and served with salad and rolls.

  • anathemad Posted: 01/06/10
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    The cheddar was overpowering the flavors of the other cheeses. And it just felt like it was missing something. With a bit of tinkering it could be better, but for the amount of prep involved I probably won't bother.

  • amyomans Posted: 03/05/10
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    I really liked this dish, but I changed it. I used more pasta and more ham then listed, BUT I did not increase the liquid amounts, and the sauce coating was fine. I used the Gruyère chesse and Parmesan but no sharp Cheddar. I just used more maybe 1 1/2 cups to 2 cups of Gruyère (whatever the chesse block I had totaled) and I mixed in the Paremsan so I used less chesse then the recipe said, and I put mozzarella on the top then the bread crumbs. AND IT WAS GREAT! A hint Gruyere is expensive, (which was why i did not want to ruin it with cheddar) but a great substitute is Swiss Cheese. And I may try this again with cheddar and swiss cheese.

  • KimS65 Posted: 01/11/13
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    Ok, but wouldn't make again

  • Brenna37 Posted: 03/11/12
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    This is a great dish! Basically a fancy mac and cheese. My toddler LOVED it and it was a hit with my hubby (although he suggested to put more ham in it). I used whole wheat penne but otherwise followed the recipe exactly. It was very good! I will be keeping this one for a long time... :)

  • TLKOTWN Posted: 09/25/13
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    I have to agree with others, it was kind of bland, I added garlic, but will have to add more next time. The cheddar does overpower the other cheeses, will only use cheddar next time, may try pepper jack to add a bit of spice to it. I also doubled the pasta, and used a whole pound of cubed pork, worked out well, plenty of sauce to cover. Until I make changes to it next time (yes will make it again) it is only worthy of "has potential" rating.

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