|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 42g||54%|
|Saturated Fat 19g||95%|
|Total Carbohydrate 49g||18%|
|Dietary Fiber 6g||22%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
The humble casserole has been a longtime favorite for good reason. These flavorful one-pot meals not only mean that you don't have a whole bunch of dishes to do once the meal is finished, but they also save time in their execution. While other dishes require vegetables, meat, and other components to be beautifully chopped and precisely cooked, casseroles allow you to use rougher chopping skills or even a food processor. It's also easy to double a casserole recipe, prep two at one time, and freeze it for a quick meal in the weeks or months to come.
As with other casseroles, feel free to play around with the ingredients to use up what you have in the fridge and freezer. Substitute peas, carrots, or corn (or all three) for the broccoli, use diced cooked bacon or chicken instead of the ham or try out a variety of shredded cheeses in place of the Cheddar. This particular casserole also combines humble ingredients, such as ham, broccoli, and cheese, but its flavor and heartiness is anything but humble.
- 4 ounces medium noodles
- 1 (10-ounce) package frozen broccoli spears
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon prepared brown mustard
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 cups milk
- 1 cup grated mild Cheddar cheese
- 2 cups cooked diced ham
- 1/3 cup slivered toasted almonds
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Cook noodles following package directions, drain and set aside. Steam the broccoli just until tender.
In a saucepan over low heat, melt butter.
Stir in flour, salt, prepared mustard, and pepper. Stir until smooth and bubbly.
Gradually add milk, stirring until thickened. Remove the pan from heat and stir in the cheese until melted.
Dice broccoli stalks, leaving the flowerets intact. In an 8-inch square baking dish, arrange noodles, broccoli stems, and ham; pour cheese sauce over. Arrange the flowerets over the top, pressing down a bit. Sprinkle with almonds.
Cover the casserole dish with tin foil. Bake the ham casserole for about 15 minutes, or until hot and bubbly.
Glass Bakeware Warning
For premade casseroles or leftovers that are in a glass baking dish and have been refrigerated, do not place directly into a hot oven as the glass can shatter. Instead, place any cold glass bakeware into a cold oven to warm up while it preheats. Or, allow the bakeware to rest outside of the fridge for 30 minutes to reach room temperature while the oven preheats.
- To toast nuts, spread out in a single layer on a baking sheet. Toast in a 350 degree Fahrenheit oven, stirring occasionally, for 10 to 15 minutes. Alternatively, toast in an ungreased skillet over medium heat, stirring, until golden brown and aromatic.
- If the casserole seems dry partway through cooking, add between 1/2 and 1 cup of chicken broth, drizzling it around the edges of the casserole dish.
- If the casserole seems overly wet partly through cooking, take the aluminum foil off of the dish to let some of the liquid evaporate.
- To freeze the casserole, wrap it well with aluminum foil and plastic wrap. Label and date it before putting it in the freezer. Casseroles stay good in the freezer for two to three months.