Dairy Farmers of Canada

Homestyle Ham and Cheese Pasta

The goodness of Canadian dairy shines through in this creamy pasta dish dotted with ham, cauliflower and broccoli.

By Geneve , Dairy Farmer, Nova Scotia
  • Prep: 15 minutes
  • Cooking: 25 minutes
  • Total: 40 minutes
Yields 4 to 6 servings
Homestyle Ham and Cheese Pasta


  • Cheese Sauce
  • 3 tbsp (45 ml) Canadian butter
  • 3 tbsp (45 ml) all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups (500 ml) Canadian milk
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) Dijon mustard
  • 3 1/2 cups (875 ml) shredded Canadian Cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) salt
  • ½ tsp (2 ml) black pepper
  • Pasta
  • 1 pkg (12 oz/375 g) linguine noodles
  • 2 cups (500 ml) cauliflower florets
  • 2 cups (500 ml) broccoli florets
  • 1 cup (250 ml) diced ham (from boneless half ham)
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Cheese Sauce

In large skillet set over medium heat, melt butter. Whisk in flour and cook, whisking constantly, for 1 minute. Slowly whisk in milk; whisk until mixture is smooth and bubbling. Stir in Dijon. Stir in 3 cups (750 ml) Cheddar until melted and smooth. Stir in salt and pepper. Remove from heat, cover and keep warm.


Cook linguine according to package directions. When linguine is 2 minutes away from being done, add cauliflower and broccoli. Drain well. Transfer to cheese mixture. Add ham and toss to coat.

Garnish with remaining Cheddar.


Freshly grated Cheddar cheese will melt and incorporate into the sauce better than pre-shredded packaged Cheddar cheese. 

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