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Broccoli-Ham Macaroni Recipe

Broccoli-Ham Macaroni Recipe

Creamy and cheesy, this dressed-up version of mac and cheese provides all the goodness of comfort food without the extra fat. —Nancy Latulippe, Simcoe, Ontario
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min. YIELD:6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 4 cups fresh broccoli florets
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1 cup cubed fully cooked ham
  • 1 medium sweet red pepper, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups fat-free milk
  • 2-1/2 cups (10 ounces) shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • TOPPING:
  • 1/4 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted

Directions

  • 1. Cook macaroni according to package directions. Meanwhile, place 1 in. of water in a large saucepan; add broccoli. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 4-5 minutes or until crisp-tender.
  • 2. In another saucepan, saute the onion, ham and red pepper in 1 tablespoon butter until vegetables are crisp-tender. Sprinkle with flour; stir until blended. Gradually stir in milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.
  • 3. Stir in the cheese, parsley, mustard and seasonings until blended. Drain broccoli and macaroni; stir into cheese sauce. Transfer to a greased 2-qt. baking dish (dish will be full).
  • 4. Combine bread crumbs and butter. Sprinkle over top. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until heated through. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1-1/3 cups equals 389 calories, 16 g fat (10 g saturated fat), 57 mg cholesterol, 734 mg sodium, 39 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 27 g protein.