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Ham Tetrazzini

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This Ham Tetrazzini is a creamy and comforting dish that’s perfect for busy weeknights.

Ham Tetrazzini in a serving bowl. ingredients and Tetrazzini in a casserole dish on the side.

Pasta, ham, mushrooms, peas are all tossed in a creamy white sauce and topped with delicious cheese, you can’t go wrong. 

One of my favorite things about ham casserole recipes like this one is that it’s a great way to use up leftover ham from Easter or other holidays. If you are looking for an easy way to make a ham then this Instant Pot Brown Sugar Ham recipe is for you.

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The Nutritional Benefits of Ham

I love to serve ham for a meal because it’s full of nutrients such as protein, zinc, selenium, amino acids and B vitamins. This creamy casserole is a great way to use this complete protein, and feed your family a hearty and delicious meal.

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❤️ Why You’ll Love This Recipe

This indulgent recipe is a creamy and comforting dish that’s perfect for busy weeknights, providing a nutritious and delicious meal solution.

  • Since you can cook the rest of the ingredients while the pasta is boiling, this recipe is ready in 30 minutes.
  • Even though there’s several things to cook for this recipe, it’s still very easy to make.
  • The picky eaters in your house will love this recipe because the combination of ham, pasta, cheese and peas is delicious!
  • With all of the various vegetables and sauces cooking, it will fill your house with a delicious aroma.

If you are looking for another ham and pasta recipe check out this Ham and Tortellini recipe.

🥘 Ingredients

Ham Tetrazzini ingredients.

To make this creamy pasta dish you will need a few simple ingredients. All of these ingredients are easy to find at your local grocery store to help you save some money on this dish. 

Vegetables: You need green peas, onion, and mushrooms for this recipe. 

Ham: Any type of cooked ham will work. If you don’t have leftover ham, you can use diced ham instead. 

Pasta: Any shape will work, I like to use penne pasta, rotini pasta or even spaghetti noodles. 

Flour: The flour will be used to thicken your creamy sauce, any type of flour will work. 

See recipe card for quantities.

🔀 Substitutions

Broth: If you don’t have chicken broth on hand, you can use vegetable broth or even water. 

Protein: Instead of ham, you can switch out the protein and use cooked chicken or cooked turkey. 

🌈 Variations / Options / Add-Ins

Here are a few ways that you can personalize this simple casserole recipe. 

Cheese: You can use different types of cheese such as mozzarella, cheddar cheese, or swiss.

Veggies: Feel free to switch out the vegetables in this recipe and add your favorite ones like bell peppers, zucchini, carrots or celery. 

Herbs & Spices: Add some extra flavor to this dish with herbs and spices. You can try oregano or even red pepper flakes. 

See this Instant Pot Chicken Tetrazzini recipe to try making this dish with another protein.

🥄 Equipment Needed / Helpful Tools

You only need a couple kitchen tools to help you make this simple family-friendly meal. Gather these tools and get ready to enjoy this tasty dish. 

🔪 How to Make Ham Tetrazzini 

Making this simple recipe is easy. Just follow the instructions below and you will have a tasty dish in no time at all. 

Step 1: Cook the pasta

In large pot, cook the pasta according to the package directions. 

Step 2: Melt the butter

In another large pot on the stove top, melt butter over medium heat.

Step 3: Sauté the onions 

Once the butter is completely melted, sauté the onions until clear and tender. This should take about four minutes.

Onion are being sautéed in a large pot.

Step 4: Sauté mushrooms 

Once the onions are tender, add the sliced mushrooms and cook until your desired texture is reached. About four minutes for tender mushrooms. 

Mushrooms are added to the large pot.

Step 5: Set the vegetables aside 

Place the onions and mushrooms in a small bowl and set aside. 

Step 6: Melt the butter

Add the remaining butter to the pot and melt it. 

Step 7: Make a roux

Once melted, whisk the flour into the butter to make a roux.

Flour and butter in a large pot.

Step 8: Stir in the milk

Allow the roux to bubble and then whisk in the milk.

Milk is added to the flour mixture.

Step 9: Season the sauce

Season the cream sauce with salt, pepper, and thyme and then allow it to simmer for 8 minutes or until thickened. 

Step 10: Add the chicken broth

Slowly stir in the chicken broth.

Step 11: Add the vegetables and pasta

Add the pasta, green peas, and cooked ham until ingredients are warm and thoroughly coated in the sauce. 

pasta, green peas, and cooked ham in a large pot.

Step 12: Heat the oven

Turn the oven on broil. 

Step 13: Broil the casserole

Pour the pasta mixture into an 8×8 casserole dish, and sprinkle the top with grated parmesan cheese. Broil for about 2 minutes or until the cheese is golden brown.

Pasta mixture in a casserole dish with parmesan cheese.

🍽️ Serving Suggestions

I love to serve this comfort food classic with a fresh vegetable side like these Air Fryer Roasted Vegetables and a bread side like this Instant Pot French Bread.

Ham Tetrazzini in a serving bowl. ingredients and Tetrazzini in a casserole dish on the side.

👩‍🍳 Pro Tips

Here are a few tips to make sure this recipe turns out perfectly every time. 

  • Don’t forget to salt your pasta water for more flavorful noodles. 
  • If you want a little crunch, you can top this casserole with some crushed crackers or breadcrumbs mixed with a tablespoon of melted butter. 
  • If you don’t have fresh mushrooms, you can use canned mushrooms instead. Just skip the step to cook them. 
  • You can adjust the salt, black pepper, and thyme to taste. 
  • Instead of making your own cream sauce, you could also use two cans of cream of mushroom soup or cream of chicken soup. 
  • Be sure to drain the pasta well so that the excess water doesn’t cause you to have a runny sauce. 

❓ Recipe FAQs

How to store

If you have any leftovers, transfer them to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to three days. 

How to reheat

Reheat in the oven at 350 degrees F for about 10 minutes. Alternatively, you can heat individual portions of this dish in the microwave.

Can I freeze?

Yes, you can freeze this dish for up to three months. Transfer the casserole to a freezer-safe container and make sure it is airtight before freezing. 

🙏 Pairing

These are my favorite dishes to serve with Ham Tetrazzini:

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📋 Recipe

Ham Tetrazzini

Corinne Schmitt
This Ham Tetrazzini Casserole is a great way to use leftover ham and have a creamy, delicious meal that your whole family will enjoy.
5 from 15 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 6 Servings
Calories 381 kcal

Equipment

  • large pots
  • 8×8 casserole dish

Ingredients
  

  • 4 Tablespoons Butter divided
  • 1 Medium Onion diced
  • 1 cup Sliced Mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 cups Milk
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon Thyme
  • 1/2 cup Chicken Broth
  • 8 ounces Pasta approximately 2 1/2 cups
  • 1 cup Green Peas we used frozen
  • 2 cups Cooked Ham chopped
  • 1/4 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese

Instructions
 

  • In large pot cook the pasta according to the package directions.
  • In another large pot on the stove top, melt the butter over medium heat.
  • Once the butter is completely melted, sauté the onions until clear and tender. This should take about four minutes.
  • Once the onions are tender, add the sliced mushrooms and cook until your desired texture is reached. About four minutes for tender mushrooms.
  • Place the onions and mushrooms in a small bowl and set aside.
  • Add the remaining butter to the pot and melt it.
  • Once melted, whisk the flour into the butter to make a roux.
  • Allow the roux to bubble and then whisk in the milk.
  • Season the cream sauce with salt, pepper, and thyme and then allow it to simmer for 8 minutes or until thickened.
  • Slowly stir in the chicken broth.
  • Add the pasta, green peas, and cooked ham until ingredients are warm and thoroughly coated in the sauce.
  • Turn the oven on broil.
  • Pour the pasta mixture into an 8×8 casserole dish, and sprinkle the top with grated parmesan cheese.
  • Broil until the top is golden brown, or for about two minutes.

Notes

  • Don’t forget to salt your pasta water for more flavorful noodles. 
  • If you want a little crunch, you can top this casserole with some crushed crackers or breadcrumbs mixed with a tablespoon of melted butter. 
  • If you don’t have fresh mushrooms, you can use canned mushrooms instead. Just skip the step to cook them. 
  • You can adjust the salt, black pepper, and thyme to taste. 
  • Instead of making your own cream sauce, you could also use two cans of cream of mushroom soup or cream of chicken soup. 
  • Be sure to drain the pasta well so that the excess water doesn’t cause you to have a runny sauce.

Nutrition

Serving: 1ServingCalories: 381kcalCarbohydrates: 42gProtein: 19gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0.3gCholesterol: 61mgSodium: 677mgPotassium: 470mgFiber: 3gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 603IUVitamin C: 21mgCalcium: 163mgIron: 2mg
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    • Thank you! I’m glad you like all of the ideas. Thanks for commenting and letting me know.

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