Bow tie ham and cheese

Pasta with cheese sauce has been a kid pleaser since such a dish was served for the first time. This recipe uses a fancy pasta shape and adds some extra protein sure to benefit all active kids, especially those in after school sports.


2 c pasta (bow tie pasta, uncooked)
1⁄4 c butter (or margarine)
1 clv garlic (peeled and minced)
1⁄4 c flour (or starch)
1⁄2 t salt (and some more to boil pasta)
2 c milk
1⁄2 t mustard (prepared mustard)
1 1⁄2 c cheese (shredded Colby cheese)
4 oz ham (cooked ham, sliced thick then cut into strips)
1⁄4 c cheese (Parmesan cheese, grated)
  water (to cook pasta)


Cook and drain pasta as usual.

Melt butter in a saucepan. Saute garlic in this for a few seconds. Whisk in flour, salt and pepper, stir until smooth. Add milk and stir constantly while heating to a boil. Continue to boil for a minute then stir in mustard and cheese.  Cook and stir until cheese melts.

Stir in cooked noodles and ham cubes until well coated in melted cheese.

Sprinkle lightly with parmesan cheese at serving time.


Total time
55 minutes
Cooking time
Preparation time
4 servings


Keep a jar of cheese sauce around or use the package of cheese sauce from macaroni and cheese for those rushed and in a hurry nights.


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