This is a casserole my grandmother would serve using her leftover ham from Easter. I also make it to use up leftover ham, or I buy a ham slice and make it anytime because so many people like it. Enjoy!
There is times when a great sandwich is all the food you need. I have nights like that a lot. That's why I always look for a new way to make a good sandwich. Feel free to use other deli meats and cheeses.
Rotini pasta may be used in place of penne, prep time does not include cooking the pasta --- if desired sprinkle 1-2 cups grated cheddar cheese on the last 3 minutes of baking time --- this is *very* good!
I'm posting this as a reply to someone who was looking for tender pork chops without using a crock pot. I've had this recipe for so long, probably even before there WERE crock pots! (BTW - this recipe can also be made in a crock pot.)
Lip-smackin'-good. Crock-pot-easy. Diner-pleaser. Nice presentation. Is there anything better? NAAAAAAAH. Caroline's note: Lots of people don't use Bay Leaf; however, it adds tremendously to this dish; just don't forget to take it out before serving.