Baked Pasta with Peas, Cheese and Ham

Baked Pasta with Peas, Cheese and Ham Recipe
Photo: Mark Thomas; Styling: Andrea Steinberg

Recipe Time

Prep: 15 Minutes
Cook: 30 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 613
Fat 23 g
Satfat 12 g
Protein 32 g
Carbohydrate 72 g
Fiber 5 g
Cholesterol 63 mg
Sodium 955 mg

Ingredients

Salt
12 ounces penne or farfalle
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon dry mustard
2 cups milk
1 cup half-and-half
12 ounces mild low-fat Cheddar, shredded (about 3 cups)
1 1/2 cups frozen peas
3 ounces diced smoked ham (about 3/4 cup)
1 1/2 cups crushed saltines (about 25)

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 400ºF. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Add pasta and cook until just tender, about 8 minutes. Drain and set aside.

2. Melt 3 Tbsp. butter in a large ovenproof skillet over medium heat. Whisk in flour, mustard and 1/2 tsp. salt until smooth. Slowly whisk in milk and half-and-half and bring just to a simmer. Stir in cheese, a little at a time, until melted. Remove pan from heat and stir in peas, ham and pasta. Stir to coat with sauce.

3. Sprinkle cracker crumbs over top of pasta and dot with remaining 1 Tbsp. butter. Bake until bubbling, about 20 minutes.

Note:

June 2010
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