- 3-3/4 cups uncooked yolk-free whole wheat noodles
- 2-1/2 cups cut fresh asparagus (1-inch pieces)
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1 tablespoon reduced-fat butter
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper
- 1 cup fat-free milk
- 1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1-1/2 cups cubed fully cooked lean ham
- 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
- 1/3 cup french-fried onions
- 2 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese
- Cook noodles according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, bring 2 cups of water to a boil. Add asparagus. Cover and cook for 3-5 minutes or until crisp-tender; drain and set aside.
- In a large skillet, saute the chopped onion in butter until tender. Combine the flour, thyme and pepper; gradually whisk in milk and broth until smooth. Add milk mixture to the skillet. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1-2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat; stir in lemon juice.
- Drain noodles; add the ham, parsley, sauce and asparagus. Transfer to a 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Top with fried onions and cheese.
- Cover and bake at 350° for 20 minutes or until bubbly. Uncover and bake 5-10 minutes longer or until golden brown. Yield: 4 servings.
Reviews for Ham & Asparagus Casserole
"I really liked this recipe because it used up some leftover ham. Thankfully we live in an area where fresh produce is readily available year-round so the baby asparagus I used didn't cost very much. I decided to split the casserole up and use two 8x8 pans so I wouldn't have to figure out how to get a 13x9 pan in the frig for the next night's leftovers. Also I decided to layer the ingredients--I put the egg noodles in the bottom, put the asparagus on next, and then the sauce with the ham and other ingredients. I would put more french-fried onions and cheese on it the next time. The instructions said that the prep time would take only 25 minutes; I needed closer to two hours before the casserole went in the oven and I was very glad I started cooking early enough."
"We liked it, but also thought it was a bit bland; may try adding some other seasonings next time. I also appreciated chin-chilla's tips on saving on number of dirty dishes."
"This recipe was just ok for me. It was kind of bland, I'm glad I didn't use low sodium chicken broth. If I was to make this recipe again I would not use thyme, and would use other seasonings to give it some more flavor. Also it was also a little too dry as well."
"Very good and simple to make. Great way to use up leftover ham! Thanks for sharing the recipe!"
"OMGoodness ~ this looks sensational. Also looks quite versatile. Definitely saved recipe. Looking fwd. to making not too far in future. Since we are empty nesters, a 4 serving sized casserole is ideal for us! Thank you so much for sharing ~ Sincerely, Joscy"
"Made this for dinner and the kids and hubby loved it. Was easier than I thought it might be, and easy to adjust to your tastes. I used pinko instead of fried onions. My only complaint was how many dishes I had to dirty but decided on few tips to limit like tossing veggie in with pasta and mixing flour and broth all in the skillet."
"This was good but I think next time I would add more liquid as it was a little dry."
"I had some ham in the fridge I was trying to use up, so I went hunting and found this recipe. It was really good! I steamed the broccoli in the veggie steamer before adding it rather than boiling it to maintain the nutrients. Then I snipped it into small pieces with kitchen shears. It was very good, and even my kids ate it."
"My family and I loved this recipe. I will make it again. I used chicken instead of ham."