Ham and Swiss Pasta Roll Up Gratin — the name doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue but man this goes down easy — paper thin slices of Black Forest ham and Swiss rolled up in fresh pasta sheets and baked into a classic creamy French gratin — 

Black Forest ham and ultra thin slices of Swiss cheese rolled up in sheets of fresh pasta and baked in a classic gratin | theviewfromgreatisland.com

This is good old fashioned comfort food.  It’s one of those recipes that you know is going to be amazing before you even take it out of the oven.  It makes the most luscious dinner for two in a small skillet, but you can double the recipe for a family meal and bake it up in a casserole dish.  The whole thing can be assembled early in the day and baked off at dinnertime, so it’s a stress-free deal.

Making Ham and Swiss Pasta Roll Up Gratin

With a simple cast of characters, this dish rewards you with really rich, restaurant style flavor.  The heavy cream has something to do with that.  Even though I’ve got tons of delicious Pasta recipes on my blog, I’ve never done anything quite like this, and I’m so pleased with how it turned out.

Ham and Swiss Pasta Roll Up Gratin - classic comfort food!

Buy a nice ham at your favorite deli counter for this, the flavor really permeates the dish.  I chose Black Forest, and I ask for it sliced extra thin.  I used ultra thin Swiss cheese, it’s delicate and flexible enough so that everything rolls up nice and tightly.  You’ll need to find fresh pasta sheets to do this, but most big grocery stores have them now.  Look for them in the refrigerated section where the fresh tortellini and ravioli packages are.

Ham and Swiss Pasta Roll Up Gratin --- a luxurious comforting dish that can be assembled ahead and baked off when you need it | theviewfromgreatisland.com

The rolls get sliced and then the spiraled slices get nestled snugly together in a small skillet or dish and baked off with some cream and Parmesan cheese.  Everything cooks up to bubbly perfection in 25 minutes, and then I finish it with more cheese and brown it under the broiler.

Ham and Swiss Pasta Roll Gratin

I think you can probably imagine how it tastes…

Ham and Swiss Pasta Roll Gratin is simple, old fashioned comfort baked up in a skillet! | theviewfromgreatisland.com

This would be a great meal with a nice salad and a glass of wine.  Set the pan between you and serve right from the skillet.

This recipe was inspired by an episode of Diners Drive Ins, and Dives…love that show :)

Ham and Swiss Pasta Roll Up Gratin

Yield: serves 4


  • 5 ounces fresh pasta sheets
  • 1/2 pound very thinly sliced Black Forest ham
  • 6-7 ounces very thinly sliced Swiss cheese (about 18 slices)
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream, plus a little more
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded Italian blend cheese
  • fresh thyme leaves


  1. Set oven to 375F
  2. Lay out your pasta sheets. Mine were about 6x14 inches. Lay down a single layer of ham on the bottom, overlap it slightly, and then the cheese on top. You can space out the cheese a little bit. Roll up the sheet of pasta tightly and firmly and then slice it with a sharp knife into one and a quarter inch pieces. Do this with the rest of the pasta, ham, and cheese. You'll need about 12-14 rolls to fit into an 8 inch skillet.
  3. Coat the bottom of a small 8 inch skillet with a thin layer of cream, and then arrange the rounds, cut side up. Fit them snugly together.
  4. Whisk the cream and Parmesan cheese and pour evenly over the pasta. Cover loosely with foil and bake for 25 minuted until lightly browned and bubbly.
  5. Remove the skillet from the oven, top with the remaining cheese, and finish under the broiler until the cheese is melted and browned, just a few minutes, watch carefully.
  6. Garnish with the fresh thyme and serve immediately.


  • My fresh pasta came in 6×14 inch sheets, and I used 3.  If yours comes in larger sheets that’s ok, you can make larger ‘logs’ to slice, or you can cut the pasta down in size before you start.
  • I used an 8 inch cast iron skillet, but I think this would work great in individual little baking pans, too.
  • I highly recommend the sprinkle of fresh thyme leaves on top.  It seems like a little thing but fresh herbs are so potent, and the thyme gives this dish that fresh finish it needs, plus it hammers home the French vibe.  So good!

Ham and Swiss Pasta Roll Up Gratin



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39 Responses to Ham and Swiss Pasta Roll Up Gratin

  1. Vicky says:

    These rolls look delicious, but I’m a visual person and need some help. Do you lay the ham and cheese across the short end or long end? Roll up from short end or long end? lol I’m thinking short, but want to make sure. Pinned.

  2. Krista says:

    Not sure where to find the paata sheets at the grocery store? Any help or suggestions?

  3. Susan says:

    This looks like such a wonderful, easy, comfort food meal, Sue! I love the sprigs on thyme on top and now I’m craving this meal :) I love Sargento cheese and it’s the only prepackaged cheese I buy. Love to support our Wisconsin companies :)

    • Sue says:

      I love all the new products Sargento is coming out with, they’re a pretty inventive company. My daughter is now living in Wisconsin and I have to say, the cheese is amazing there.

  4. grace says:

    this is one of the most amazing things i’ve seen in a long time. my mouth is watering and i’m just so impressed and inspired!

  5. You’ve outdone yourself on this one, I’m drooling!!!

  6. gratins are just so perfect for the cool winter weather coming up here in australia. i definitely will be making this. thanks!

    • Sue says:

      Thanks Thalia, it’s funny, but I do crave a bit of comfort food even in the summers here…I just can’t leave it behind for a whole half year ;)

  7. Adina says:

    I am hungry and this dish looks exactly like what I would like to eat now. Funny, the Black Forest Ham (Schwarzwälder Schiken) looks different in Germany… but I am sure it would taste just as good with our sort.

  8. It’s funny because now that the warm weather is here I thought all I would eat is salads but last night I made chili! This is another comfort food that I will definitely add to the list. I love your lip-smacking photos, Sue, and I can taste that delicious explosion of flavors with that first bite!

  9. Zaza Cook says:

    Wow, what a beautiful gratin! Simple and delicious! I love it. Thanks for sharing, Sue:)

  10. What a great idea Sue! This dish looks like the perfect comfort food!

  11. Eva says:

    This is looking so yummy and fun to make. Good to be creative in the kitchen to make your 2 year old eat sometimes ;) xx

  12. What a fun, delicious and amazing dinner! It’s so unique and sounds so… wonderful!

  13. Sara says:

    This looks soooo good, I am totally craving it now! You can never go wrong with ham and cheese, especially in pasta form!

  14. Elaine Cobb says:

    This looks so good. Something different and yummy. You are an incredible cook!

  15. You’ve outdone yourself, Sue! This looks incredible!

  16. This is right up my alley! Skillet and comfort food together. Perfection :)

  17. cheri says:

    Hi Sue, you have out did yourself again, this is so creative and delicious looking. That perfect wow! for entertaining.

  18. Cookilicious says:

    very innovative idea..would love to try a veggie version of this recipe. Great pics.

  19. Kate says:

    Wow this is so creative! We love ham and swiss in our house. Excited to try a fun new way to prepare it.

  20. This looks absolutely delicious and perfectly comforting, Sue!! So creative to boot! Ham and swiss all rolled up in some pasta and topped with cream and melt-y cheese? I could eat this daily… you know, if my hips would allow. ;) Cheers, friend!

  21. I am drooling Sue – this sounds and looks perfect. I am a fan of Triple D too! Now I’m a fan of this recipe – a must try!

  22. Trish says:

    Oh my gosh, I can’t believe how good this looks! Soooo decadent!

  23. Renz says:

    Our house is a no ham zone, so will have to switch this out with turkey. Think some jerk turkey would be a great replacement

    • Sue says:

      I was going to suggest something like that for non ham eaters. I think a nice smoked turkey would be great too, something with a little kick of flavor, like you say.

  24. Lucy says:

    This looks so elegant, yet also easy enough for a weeknight! I love black forest ham, and the creamy sauce sounds delicious! I also love that you can serve it straight from the pan. Yum!

  25. JWT says:

    I’ve never had anything like this, but it sounds amazing.

  26. Now that’s a comfort meal! Lots of cheese and cream…I will have to save this for the special day..

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