Creamy Noodle Casserole Recipe
- 1 package (12 ounces) egg noodles
- 1 package (16 ounces) frozen broccoli cuts
- 3 cups cubed fully cooked ham
- 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
- 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Parmesan cheese
- 1/3 cup butter, cubed
- 1/2 cup half-and-half cream
- 1/4 teaspoon each garlic powder, salt and pepper
- 1. In a Dutch oven, cook noodles in boiling water for 5 minutes. Add broccoli and ham; cook 5-10 minutes longer or until noodles are tender.
Drain; return to pan. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Cook and stir over low heat until butter is melted and mixture is heated through.
Freeze option: Freeze cooled noodle mixture in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Microwave, covered, on high in a microwave-safe dish until heated through, gently stirring and adding a little broth or milk if necessary. Yield: 8 servings.
1 each: 428 calories, 20g fat (11g saturated fat), 112mg cholesterol, 1087mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 3g fiber), 25g protein.
Reviews for Creamy Noodle Casserole
"great flavor & quick & easy. All the picky eaters even liked this-ALOT. Thanks for the recipe it's definitely a keeper."
"I left out the ham to have a vegetarian meal. I mostly eyeballed the sauce to determine the amounts and it turned out very creamy. I did mix the sauce ingredients separately and then added them to the pasta. I also added basil with the other seasonings. I used fresh broccoli and cooked it before adding it to the pasta and I used less butter than called for. It was all very good."
"I halved the recipe because there's only 2 of us. I also, of course, did some tweaking. I doubled the Parmesan and fat-free half-and-half. I used less butter and more garlic, salt and pepper. Then, to make it creamier, I used 1/2 cup of plain yogurt. Next time, I think I'll use an Italian blend of shredded cheese instead of mozzarella because it's too stringy. But I like the combination of ingredients and will definitely make it again."
"Frankly, I would triple the sauce ingredients and mix them separately in a bowel, then add. The recommendations to saute the ham with onion and seasonings before adding are good too. Otherwise, a good comfort food dish and a way of using leftover ham."
"Whole Family thought this was very good. I did saute the hame and seasonings with some onion. Then added to the rest. Really good but I would double the sauce to make creamier."
"So good! Whole family liked it. I used fresh broccoli-steamed. Fried 1/4 cup onion in some butter, added ham (instead of boiling) added a clove of garlic(instead of powder). Only had two cups of ham otherwise everything was the same and was great!"
"SO easy and SO good! I used green beans instead of broccoli and I actually looked forward to eating the leftovers!"
"Very good and very simple. I used less mozzarella cheese, less butter, and skim milk rather than half and half to make it a little healthier."
"While it tasted good, it was not creamy but stringy from the mozz. cheese."
"Substituted Turkey Ham for less fat and skim milk for half and half, skipped the salt and added just a pinch more garlic powder."
"Use low fat canola margarine or no salt butter, 2 cups of ham, no salt, low fat cheese, and non dairy creamer would cut down on the fat and sodium content of this recipe to make it healthier.'LAG"
"Too much fat, I'd switch out the 1/2 and 1/2 for skim milk and maybe elbow macaroni for the egg noodles."
"I don't understand the point of boiling the already cooked, cubed ham for 5-10 minutes. The only thing I can think of is to eliminate some of the ham's saltiness, but if one is concerned about sodium, why add salt as part of the seasonings?"
"sounds good only we dont like parmesan cheese!! what could we use instead!"
"This dish was very easy to prepare and my hubby even liked it well enough to tell me not to "personalize" it. It's a definate keeper for us."
"Very easy and very yummy."
"My pickiest eater went back for thirds which never happens. Super easy to fix too."
Full-Bodied White Wine
Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.