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Baked Pasta with Peas, Cheese and Ham

All You JUNE 2010

  • Yield: Serves 6
  • Cook time: 30 Minutes
  • Prep time: 15 Minutes
  • Cost Per Serving:$1.52


  • 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)


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.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 613
  • Fat: 23g
  • Saturated fat: 12g
  • Protein: 32g
  • Carbohydrate: 72g
  • Fiber: 5g
  • Cholesterol: 63mg
  • Sodium: 955mg

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