Ham and Cheese Casserole

Ingredients:

  • 16 oz bow tie pasta
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 tsp prepared mustard
  • 2 cups shredded Colby-Jack cheese
  • 2 cups cooked ham, cubed
  • 1 cup peas, cooked and drained
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
  3. Add pasta and cook according to package directions for al dente, drain.
  4. In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter.
  5. Saute onion until clear then add garlic and continue cooking for another 30 seconds or until fragrant.
  6. Whisk in flour, salt and pepper.
  7. Cook and stir until smooth and the flour starts turning a golden brown.
  8. Pour in milk, a little at a time, stirring constantly.
  9. Bring to a boil for 1 minute.
  10. Stir in mustard and cheese.
  11. Continue to cook stirring occasionally until cheese is melted and sauce is smooth.
  12. Remove from heat and stir in ham, peas and pasta.
  13. Pour into a greased baking dish.
  14. In a small bowl combine Parmesan cheese and breadcrumbs.
  15. Sprinkle the bread crumb mixture on top.
  16. Bake 30 minutes or until bubbly and golden.

Adapted from: http://www.julieseatsandtreats.com/2011/05/ham-cheese-bowties/

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