Adding meat and veggies to a homemade macaroni and cheese and then baking it with a cheese and cracker topping is a favorite meal in our house. This Ham and Broccoli Pasta Bake is an impressive comfort food dish that everyone will love. Plus, dinner that is ready in 45 minutes or less is always a bonus.
I am definitely enjoying sharing some of our favorite comfort food dishes here.
And judging from the amount of response and traffic on the few recipes I have shared so far, you guys are loving them too. I still have a few more delicious pasta recipes up my sleeve. Well, actually they are in my belly and on my computer just waiting for the right day.
Dinner is something that everyone has to eat, so why not share the ones that are kid approved in our house.
Did you eat ham this past weekend? And now there are leftovers in the refrigerator just waiting to be used up?
Chop it up and add it with some broccoli to homemade macaroni and cheese. Even the pickiest eaters will gobble this ooey, gooey cheesy dish down.
Well, they might pick around the ham if they are anything like my youngest. But I kind of figured he would do that. He has it in his head that he doesn’t like ham…but he will eat bacon. It doesn’t matter how many times we tell him that both meats come from the same animal. He refuses to do ham. Now put a salad in front of the kid, and he will go to town on it.
This dish only takes about 45 minutes from start to finish. Now if you want to save some time, you can have some of the ingredients prepped ahead of time. You can cook the noodles earlier and toss them with a little bit of olive oil so they don’t stick together. Chop the onions and ham and store in separate containers in the refrigerator. Crush the crackers and place in a ziplock bag.
Then when you go to cook dinner, all your prep is done and you can put the casserole together in minutes.
Start by sauteing the onions and butter. Add the ham and garlic. While this is cooking, run some hot water over the frozen broccoli to thaw it out some. Drain and add to the ham mixture. Now you can either set this pan aside and use a new one, or spoon that mixture into a bowl and set aside, so you can reuse the dirty pan.
Melt some butter and cook the flour in it. Adding milk and stirring until thickened slightly will make your base for any pasta dish. Stir in the cheese and let it get all melty. Add the pasta and ham, season it with some salt and pepper, and spoon into the casserole dish. Top it with the leftover cheese and the crushed crackers and pop it into the oven for 20 minutes or so to melt the cheese on top.
Ooey, gooey, cheese dishes are definitely ones that get rave reviews from everyone in my house.
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