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cheesy ham & broccoli pasta casserole

a recipe by
Maggie M
In The Kitchen, OH

Rich, warm and comforting all in one dish. It's not hard to make and this recipe makes enough for about 6 servings. Mix up the cheeses you use and even add some extra spices that you enjoy to give it a little extra oomph. We like to have this with a little green salad. I hope you enjoy this dish.

serves 6
prep time 15 Min
cook time 25 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For cheesy ham & broccoli pasta casserole

  • 2 c
    bow tie pasta - uncooked
  • 2 c
    fresh broccoli florets cut into bite size pieces
  • 2 c
    chopped smokey ham or smoked sausage links
  • 3 Tbsp
  • 3 Tbsp
  • 1-2 c
    milk - whole or 2%
  • 1 c
    shredded cheddar cheese - medium or sharp
  • 1/2 c
    shredded pepper jack cheese
  • 1/2 c
    shredded monterey jack cheese
  • 1/3 c
    grated parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 c
    crushed butter crackers
  • 1/2 c
    canned onion rings

How To Make cheesy ham & broccoli pasta casserole

  • 1
    Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly spray a baking dish - I like to use my 7" x 11" rectangle.
  • 2
    Fill a large pot with water and bring to a boil. Drop in the bow tie pasta and cook until just barely al dente. Once is it cooked, drain well and give it a quick rinse then set aside.
  • 3
    Cut the broccoli florets into smallish bite size pieces. Steam until crisp tender then drain well and set aside.
  • 4
    While the pasta and broccoli are cooking, cut the ham or smoked sausage into bite size pieces and set aside.
  • 5
    Melt butter in large saucepan over low heat until melted. Whisk in the flour and stirring constantly, cook for about 3 minutes. Whisk the milk in about half at a time. Bring to a high simmer over medium low heat. Stir constantly for about 3 or 4 minutes until it is thickened.
  • 6
    Add cheeses slowly and continue to cook over low heat while whisking until all of the cheese has melted and you have a smooth sauce.
  • 7
    Add the pasta and meat. Stir gently to coat. Add the steamed broccoli and gently stir to coat.
  • 8
    Spoon the pasta mixture into your prepared baking dish. Top with salt and pepper to taste then a thin layer of crushed butter crackers topped with canned onion rings.
  • 9
    Bake - uncovered - for about 20 or 25 minutes or until bubbly. Allow it to sit for about 5 minutes before serving.