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Ham & Rigatoni Casserole

Ham & Rigatoni CasseroleThis casserole can be prepared the day before serving. Serve with fruit salad with poppyseed dressing.

Recipe Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups diced fully-cooked ham
8 ounces dry rigatoni pasta (or other short tube-shaped pasta)
1 (2 to 2 1/2-ounce) package white sauce or country gravy mix
2 cups shredded Swiss cheese
1 tablespoon Dijon-style mustard
1 (10-ounce) package frozen leaf spinach, thawed, squeezed dry and roughly chopped
1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce (optional)

Cooking Directions:

  1. Cook rigatoni according to package directions; set aside.
  2. Prepare white sauce or country gravy mix; stir in ham, cheese, mustard, spinach and hot pepper sauce. Pour over pasta, toss gently to blend well. Pour into shallow 2-quart casserole; cover and bake in 350°F (175°C) oven for 20 minutes. Uncover and bake 10 minutes more.

Makes 3 to 4 servings.

Do-Ahead Tip: Prepare casserole; cover and refrigerate for up to 24 hours. Add 10 minutes to initial baking time.

Recipe and photograph provided courtesy of National Pork Board.