To always have the staples ready for this dish, buy a pound of boiled ham when it is on sale. Tell the clerk to cut off a slab, unsliced. Take it home and cut it half and then in half again for each piece. This will give you four equal sections. Freeze quarters in a bag. Mushrooms can also be had for $1.29 a package at food sources such as Aldi. When you get them home, lightly rinse them, then slice each. Put in a freezer bag and stash in the freezer for upcoming uses.
4 tab. butter
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/4 pd. boiled ham cut into one inch cubes
salt/pepper to taste
1 cup milk
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
4 cups penne noodles
Boil noodles according to package directions and drain. Sauté onion in butter until soft. Add ham and cook till warmed. Add milk, cheese, salt, and pepper. Heat for 10 min. Toss with warm noodles. Yum!