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Ham & Cheese Lasagna

Ham & Cheese Lasagna ~ Monterey Jack white sauce with chopped ham and mushrooms make for a deliciously different twist on classic lasagna.

Ham & Cheese Lasagna ~ Monterey Jack white sauce with chopped ham and mushrooms make for a deliciously different twist on classic lasagna.  www.thekitchenismyplayground.com

Got ham?

Sure, I bet many of us still have some leftover Easter ham in the fridge, ... or have popped some in the freezer.  Well, this Ham & Cheese Lasagna is my absolute favorite way to enjoy our leftover Easter ham.
Though, truth be told, I can take ZERO credit for actually cooking the Easter ham.  Nope.  My Mom does that.

I did make this Ham & Cheese Lasagna with the leftovers she shared, however.  It's kind of my Easter tradition.  Every year Mom sends me home with a little goodie bag of ham leftover from our family's Easter dinner.  And every year I chop it up and make her Ham & Cheese Lasagna.  Yes, she created this recipe.  Way back when I was a kid, and I still love it today.

Instead of a traditional red sauce, this ham version of lasagna is made with a Monterey Jack cheese-infused white sauce.  After stirring in chopped ham and some mushrooms, it then goes the traditional lasagna route by layering that yummy sauce up with cooked lasagna noodles.

And my oh my, the result is sure tasty.

Ham & Cheese Lasagna ~ Monterey Jack white sauce with chopped ham and mushrooms make for a deliciously different twist on classic lasagna.  www.thekitchenismyplayground.com

If you've got a hankering for Ham & Cheese Lasagna but don't have leftover ham, no worries.  Just buy a ham steak and chop it up, or even ask the deli to cut you a couple of thick ham slices ... like about 1/4-inch thick ... and just chop that up.  Both work just fine!

If you do have leftover ham and are looking for a new way to enjoy it, then my Mom's Ham & Cheese Lasagna is just the thing for you.  I hope you enjoy it as much as our family does.

Ham & Cheese Lasagna ~ Monterey Jack white sauce with chopped ham and mushrooms make for a deliciously different twist on classic lasagna.  www.thekitchenismyplayground.com
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Ham & Cheese Lasagna
Source:  An original by my Mom
(Printable recipe)
Ingredients
  • 9 to 12 lasagna noodles
  • 1/2 c. chopped onion
  • 2 T. butter
  • 3 T. all-purpose flour
  • 2 c. milk
  • 1 c. cottage cheese
  • 2 c. shredded Monterey Jack cheese, divided
  • 2 c. finely chopped fully cooked ham
  • 1 (8 oz.) package fresh mushrooms {or substitute 8 oz. canned mushrooms}
  • 1 T. dried parsley
Directions
  1. Cook lasagna noodles according to package directions; drain and set aside.
  2. Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat; add chopped onion and mushrooms; cook until tender, about 4 to 5 minutes.
  3. Blend in flour until onions are well coated. Add milk all at once; cook and stir over medium heat until thickened and just beginning to bubble, about 5 to 7 minutes.
  4. Add cottage cheese and 1 cup of the shredded Monterey Jack cheese; stir until melted. Stir in the ham, mushrooms, and parsley. Remove from heat.
  5. In a 9x13" baking dish coated with non-stick cooking spray, arrange three lasagna noodles and top with 1/3 of the ham mixture. Repeat to create two more layers of noodles and sauce. Sprinkle the remaining cup of shredded Monterey Jack cheese on top.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes. Remove lasagna from the oven and let stand for 15 minutes before serving.
Enjoy!


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15 comments

  1. What a great way to change up lasagna! Look delicious!

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  2. Awesome, Thanks for linking up to MM . Paula @Callmepmc.com

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  3. Sure wish I had seen this before I fixed tonight's dinner with leftover ham! :-/ I love white sauce with my lasagna. This looks awesome. Thanks so much for linking up at Weekend Potluck...please come again soon.

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  4. This sounds amazing, and I bet my family would love it! Thanks so much for sharing at Time to Sparkle Tuesday : )

    xoxo Liz

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  5. I sooo love this flavor combo. I'm featuring this lovely recipe as my personal favorite at Weekend Potluck today. C'mon over and snag your Featured Button! =)

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    1. Thank you so much for the feature! I love participating in Weekend Potluck each week.

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  6. Hi there! This looks delicious! I've never heard of ham and cheese lasagna before; what a great idea! I'm pinning this!

    I'm visiting from http://www.artistic31mama.com and the Weekend Potluck party. I'm a new follower and glad to have found you. :-)

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    1. Welcome, Faith! We're glad you found us, too, and are glad to have you here following along.

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  7. This sounds wonderful! We always have a lot of leftover ham and I'm always looking for new ideas. Pinned to try!

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  8. Very nice, thanks for sharing with Hearth and soul blog hop, pinning.

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  9. I love your Ham and Cheese Lasagna, it looks delicious. Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with us at Full Plate Thursday. We look forward to seeing you again real soon!
    Miz Helen

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  10. Can you substitute ricotta cheese for the cottage cheese? No one in my house is a fan of cottage cheese?

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  11. Jeanne Z

    Your ham and cheese lasagna was wonderful. We made it with the cottage cheese and you would never guess it was in there. Thanks for the great recipe which is going into the make again pile.

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  12. Pinned! Love the idea of using Monterey Jack in the cheese sauce, Tracey, and what a great way to use up leftover ham. Thank you for sharing your Ham & Cheese Lasagna with us at Hearth and Soul. Hope to see you again this week!

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