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Baked Pasta with Peas, Cheese and Ham

Photo: Mark Thomas; Styling: Andrea Steinberg
Prep time 15 mins
Cook time 30 mins
Yield Serves 6

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)

Nutrition Information

  • calories 613
  • fat 23 g
  • satfat 12 g
  • protein 32 g
  • carbohydrate 72 g
  • fiber 5 g
  • cholesterol 63 mg
  • sodium 955 mg

How to Make It

  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.