This skillet ham and Swiss lasagna is a super easy and super cheesy one-pan meal that is on the table in less than 30 minutes.
This deconstructed lasagna has diced ham and a creamy Swiss cheese sauce. It’s also the perfect use of those broken noodles that are just sitting at the bottom of the box begging to be used.
What cheese sauce is used in this pasta dish?
I based the sauce on this dish on the classic cordon bleu sauce for chicken cordon bleu. Using heavy cream instead of milk creates a thick and silky sauce that blends perfectly with the Dijon mustard and Swiss cheese.
What should you be reading while enjoying a craft beer and
Are you a fan of Stephen King’s, IT? If so, I HIGHLY recommend picking up the book Black Mouth by Ronald Malfi. Adults have to come together to fight malfeasance that terrorized them as children in their small town. Perfect reading for Fall.
Craft beer and pasta pairing
The beer: Raspberry Ale from Dark Horse Brewing.
Fruit ales always go well with dishes that feature ham. And don’t think that just because this is a craft beer that features raspberries, it is all about the fruit, it’s almost like it’s just a small side note to this drinkable beer.
This lasagna skillet recipe has-
- Diced ham and onions. Any cooked ham will do in this dish, everything from ham lunchmeat, which is what I used, to leftover holiday ham.
- Broken lasagna noodles and chicken broth. This is a great way to use up any leftover regular lasagna noodles that didn’t quite make it into the last lasagna bake. Cook the noodles in chicken broth or water mixed with bouillon to add flavor.
- Heavy whipping cream, butter, cornstarch, black pepper, Dijon mustard, and Swiss cheese. These ingredients come together to make a Swiss cheese sauce that is nice and thick and covers the noodles beautifully.
- Breadcrumb topping. Finish the pan lasagna off with a topping of breadcrumbs, melted butter, and shredded parmesan cheese.
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Skillet Ham and Swiss Lasagna
How to make skillet ham and Swiss lasagna step-by-step
Gather the ingredients.
Since the ham is already cooked, it is just necessary to heat it through. Add butter to a skillet and cook over medium heat to melt. To the butter, sautee the ham and diced onions. Cook until the onions have browned.
Pour in the chicken broth and then add the broken noodles. Let it come to a boil until the noodles cook, stir occasionally. By the time the noodles are cooked, there should be little to no broth left in the pan.
No. When I was testing this recipe I found that using no-boil noodles took significantly more time to get the noodles cooked compared to around 12-14 minutes for this recipe.
Stir cornstarch into the heavy whipping cream. Add to the pan then stir in the black pepper, garlic powder, and Dijon mustard. Let the sauce cook until slightly thickened.
Sprinkle in the Swiss cheese. Mix the cheese into the pasta until it melts and the sauce thickens further.
In a bowl, combine the melted butter with the breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese. Sprinkle over the top of the meal.
Tips & variations
- Use a large enough skillet so that there is enough room for the liquid and the noodles can cook evenly, not in clumps.
- Add cooked chicken to this dish to make it even heartier. Just like using leftover ham, it’s a great way to use leftover chicken breast or rotisserie chicken.
Store leftovers in a covered container and eat within 3 days. To reheat, cook them in the microwave or add to a skillet with 1/4 cup of milk to reheat the sauce and coat the noodles.
Since this dish contains dairy, it is not a good dish to freeze, but it can be made ahead of time and added to a casserole dish, and reheated in the oven.
More one-pan meals
And here you are….
From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!
Skillet Ham and Swiss Lasagna
- large skillet
- 1 cup cooked ham diced
- 1 small white onion diced
- 2 tablespoon butter halved
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 6 ounces lasagna noodles broken
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 cup shredded swiss cheese
- 1/2 cup shredded parmesan
- 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
- Sautee the diced ham and onions in butter for 6-8 minutes.1 cup cooked ham, 1 small white onion, 2 tablespoon butter
- Add the chicken broth and broken noodles to the pan. Cook for 12-14 minutes until the noodles are cooked and the stock is mostly evaporated.2 cups chicken broth, 6 ounces lasagna noodles
- Stir the cornstarch into the heavy cream in a bowl or measuring cup. Pour into the skillet. Add the Dijon, garlic powder, and black pepper. Let thicken for about 2-4 minutes.1 tablespoon cornstarch, 1 cup heavy cream, 1 tablespoon dijon mustard, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- Sprinkle the swiss cheese into the pan, then stir everything together. Let the cheese melt and the sauce thicken further. Turn off the heat.1 cup shredded swiss cheese
- In a bowl, melt the butter then mix it with the breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese. Sprinkle over the top of the pasta.2 tablespoon butter, 1/2 cup shredded parmesan, 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
- Serve immediately. Enjoy!
Tips for making this recipe:
- Use the largest skillet you have available for this dish so there is enough room to cook the noodles evenly, otherwise, they will clump together.
- To store: add to a covered container and refrigerate. Eat within 3 days. Reheat in the microwave for 2 minutes or on the stovetop add 1/4 cup milk to thin out the sauce as it cooks.
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Last Updated on April 7, 2023 by Erin@BottomLeftoftheMitten