2 16oz packages ziti noodles
1 cup butter/margarine
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup flour
2 tsp salt
8 cups milk
2 tsp Dijon mustard
8 cups Colby cheese, shredded
16oz cooked ham (deli style or Easter type ham), cut into thin strips
1 1/2 cups Parmesan cheese, grated
This recipe makes 2 13×9 casseroles.
Cook and drain pasta according to instructions (you may need to do it in two batches if your larges pot isn’t large enough.
In large saucepan or deep skillet, melt butter on low heat. Add garlic and saute for about 30-40 seconds, stirring the entire time. Next add flour and salt, using a whisk to ensure no lumps remain. Continue cooking over medium heat, stirring the entire time, until there are no lumps and the mixture begins to bubble.
Slowly add milk, stirring the whole time, while you bring it to a boil. Once boiling, allow to continue to boil for 1 minute, then add mustard and Colby cheese and Parm cheese. Continue stirring until cheese is melted. Add ham and pasta, stirring well. Pour into 2 13×9 casserole dishes or freezer bags. Cool and freeze.
On cooking day:
Thaw overnight in refrigerator. If cooking on stovetop just mix in pot and heat till warm. If baking- preheat oven to 350F. Place casserole dish (covered) into oven and bake 30-45 minutes or until heated through and bubbly.