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My German mom was not a big fan of cooking, she left that to Dad who loved being in the kitchen. Good thing too. I recall coming home from school one day to a horrific sight, the lentil soup she tried to make in the pressure cooker had exploded, and lentil beans were EVERYWHERE. I didn’t even like them, and now they coated the entire kitchen, ceiling to floor. AND I arrived at exactly the wrong moment – the moment of cleanup, all hands on deck. Argh.
That being said, this simple meal was one of my favorite weeknight dinners, and hers too. It is so simple to make, especially since you can buy the ham already cut into cubes. Serve with a salad, and dinner is done!
Feel free to make this a pantry friendly meal. Use leftover sliced ham instead of buying cubed ham; use any pasta shape you have on hand. My favorites for this are fusilli (corkscrew) or Cavateppi.
- 1 lb egg noodles (I prefer the wide noodles for this dish),. or pasta of your choice
- 4 tbl butter
- 8 oz grated swiss cheese (can also use Mozzarella or Monterey Jack)
- 8 oz ham steak, cubed (can be bought already cubed), or sliced ham, cut into large dice
- Set a large pot of salted water to boil and cook the pasta according to directions.
- When the noodles are done, drain and rinse and set them aside.
- Using the same pot (pat the inside dry first), melt the butter on low heat and place the ham in the pot.
- Toss the ham about until its heated through. Add the egg noodles and make sure they are completely coated with the butter.
- Add the swiss cheese and again, toss it thoroughly. The dish is ready when the swiss cheese has melted.
- Season with some black pepper if you prefer (salt is not needed, the ham has plenty of salt). Enjoy!
I tried this using mozzarella cheese when I couldn’t find grated swiss (and I was too lazy to grate my own), and it turned out ok, but it’s better with the Swiss. I personally don’t like the ham to be cubed in super small pieces, but that is a matter of personal preference. Try not to eat the whole pot yourself, its addicting 🙂
- Category: comfort food
- Method: stovetop
- Cuisine: German, Rustic
Keywords: noodles, egg noodles, pasta, ham, cheese, comfort food, easy, quick, pantry friendly, pasta, pasta and Ham
I’ve always loved cooking, and spent many years working on the food & beverage side of the hospitality industry, which served to increase my interest in food, wine and entertaining.