Randy Mayor; Melanie J. Clarke
6 servings (serving size: 1 cup)

This speedy Asparagus-and-Ham Casserole is pure comfort food and needs only 10 minutes to bake. That's because most of the prep work (cooking pasta and making a light cream sauce) is done on the stovetop. Simply bake to brown the breadcrumbs and make the filling bubbly. Because of the delicate flavors in this dish, we preferred using a mild baked ham to a smoked one.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 450°.

Step 2

Place bread in a food processor, and pulse 10 times or until coarse crumbs form to measure 1/2 cup.

Step 3

Cook pasta in boiling water 7 minutes, omitting salt and fat. Add asparagus; cook 1 minute. Drain.

Step 4

Lightly spoon the flour into a dry measuring cup, and level with a knife. Place flour, thyme, salt, and pepper in medium bowl; gradually add milk and broth, stirring with a whisk until well-blended. Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onion; saute 4 minutes. Add milk mixture; cook until thick (about 4 minutes), stirring constantly. Remove from heat, and stir in juice. Combine the pasta mixture, milk mixture, ham, and parsley in large bowl; spoon into a 2-quart casserole. Sprinkle with breadcrumbs and cheese.

Step 5

Bake at 450° for 10 minutes or until filling is bubbly and topping is golden.

Ratings & Reviews


August 15, 2017
I made the recipe exactly as written and loved it!  If you are not a big fan of thyme, you might want to reduce it to 1/4 teaspoon.  Good combination of various flavors, colors, and textures.  A bit time-consuming in terms of prep, but worth it.

Texassusie's Review

May 12, 2012

Lawilla54's Review

Blanca Iris
January 08, 2013

kycookingmom's Review

December 30, 2009
This is delicious!! My 3 year son is fairly picky but he really enjoyed this tonight. I used frozen, chopped broccoli for the vegetable for convenience and it turned out well. Great for entertaining or for weeknight dinners!!

pooklee's Review

January 10, 2010
Made recipe as is and added mushrooms to the onions. I also used Panko crumbs instead of normal bread crumbs. Very easy to make, simple and had everything on hand. Good for everyday meals and could be used as a course in a menu. Will be making again.

kleblanc9's Review

February 08, 2011
So promising....and in the end, so bland. The sauce is yummy on its own, but when combined with the rest of the ingredients, the whole dish is unexciting. Won't make it again.

AMP3232's Review

April 10, 2012
Great way to use leftover ham. I used peas instead of the asparagus. Nice comfort meal for a family super.

orangek8's Review

December 28, 2013
I thought this was delicate and lovely. The sauce and asparagus perfectly complimented the salty ham. The only change I made was to use panko breadcrumbs on top.

jdedzany's Review

March 16, 2011
I really enjoyed this! It was easy to make and easy to clean up. The only changes I made was using whole wheat bread instead of white and nonfat milk instead of whole because I am an obsessive health nut. Everything else was exactly as is; cooking times were perfectly exact. I wouldn't give it 4 or 5 stars because I wouldn't make this if I was having company over, but it will definitely be saved in my everyday dinner file :)

mmack7's Review

March 31, 2013