Broccoli-Ham Macaroni

Photo: psfreeman

Creamy and cheesy, this dressed-up version of mac & cheese provides all the goodness of comfort food without the extra fat. From Nancy Latulippe: Simcoe, Ontario. Recipe published as Broccoli-Ham Macaroni in Taste of Home April/May 2010.

Yield: 6 servings
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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup(s) uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 4 cup(s) fresh broccoli florets
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1 cup(s) cubed fully cooked ham
  • 1 medium sweet red pepper, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon(s) butter
  • 1/3 cup(s) all-purpose flour
  • 4 cup(s) fat-free milk
  • 2 1/2 cup(s) (10 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup(s) minced fresh parsley
  • 2 teaspoon(s) Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon(s) pepper
  • TOPPING:
  • 1/4 cup(s) dry bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon(s) butter, melted

Preparation

  1. • Cook macaroni according to package directions. Meanwhile, place 1 in. of water in a large saucepan; add broccoli. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 4-5 minutes or until crisp-tender.
  2. • In another saucepan, saute the onion, ham and red pepper in 1 tablespoon butter until vegetables are crisp-tender. Sprinkle with flour; stir until blended. Gradually stir in milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.
  3. • Stir in the cheese, parsley, mustard and seasonings until blended. Drain broccoli and macaroni; stir into cheese sauce. Transfer to a greased 2-qt. baking dish (dish will be full).
  4. • Combine bread crumbs and butter. Sprinkle over top. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until heated through.
March 2012

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