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Ham and Broccoli Casserole

ham and broccoli casserole

This is a tasty dish for the winter time. This recipe can also be changed up easily to make Ham and Scalloped Potatoes if you wish.

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Ingredients:

  • Ham 2 Cups
  • Penne Pasta 2 Cups dry pasta – (Pronounced Pen-nay)
  • Mozzarella Cheese 1 Cup – shredded
  • Broccoli Florets 1 Cup (optional)
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Cream Sauce Recipe
  • Crouton Recipe

Directions:

Start with my Cream Sauce recipe. Cook the Penne Noodles. After the cream sauce is done, add the Ham, Penne Pasta, Mozzarella Cheese and Broccoli. Pour into an 11×9 greased dish. Top with my Crouton recipe. Bake at 350 for 1/2 hour.

If you prefer to make Ham and Scalloped Potatoes, omit the broccoli and mozzarella cheese and swap the Penne Pasta for sliced potatoes. This will take longer to cook the raw potatoes. So cook it for an hour.

Cream Sauce

Cream Sauce

Cream sauce has been around for generations. It’s the basis of all kinds of recipes. It can be used in Tuna Noodle Casserole. This is also called Roux (pronounced Rue). If you add Parmesan Cheese you can use it for Chicken Parmesan recipes.  If you add shredded Cheddar Cheese you can use it for Broccoli Cheese Sauce. It’s basically easy to make but you need to know a few rules first.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 C butter
  • 1/4 C flour
  • 2 1/2 – 3 1/2 C milk
  • 1/2 – 3/4 tsp salt

Directions:

Start melting the butter on medium. As you move along slowly turn down to medium low. You do not want it to “catch” on the bottom of the pan and you do not want it to boil. This can make the milk lumpy.

OK so start with 1/4 C butter melt it in the pan over medium heat
Slowly add 1/4 C flour a little at a time
The sauce will become very think stir to make no lumps
Slowly add 2 1/2 – 3 1/2 C milk make it the thickness you like
Add 1/2 – 3/4 tsp salt to taste

Tuna Noodle Casserole

Tuna noodle casserole

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This is an easy recipe great for cold weather.

Ingredients:

Directions:

You will start with my Cream Sauce recipe. Make it in a large sauce pan. Make noodles either spiral (Rotini) or egg noodles which ever you prefer. Use 2 cups of dry noodles cook according to directions. Add to cream sauce along with 1 drained can of tuna and 1 cup of frozen peas or 1 can of canned peas. Pour into a 9×9 pan.

Add my homemade croutons to the top and bake at 350 degrees for 1/2 hour to 45 minutes.