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Ham and Cheese Pasta

 Ham and Cheese Pasta
Kids and adults alike will love this dressed-up version of creamy macaroni and cheese from our Test Kitchen.
4 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 30 min.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups uncooked bow tie pasta
  • 3/4 pound fresh asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 pound sliced deli ham, chopped

Directions

  • Cook pasta according to package directions, adding asparagus during
  • the last 3 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, melt butter; add garlic. Stir in the
  • flour, onion powder, pepper and thyme until blended; gradually add
  • milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until
  • thickened.
  • Reduce heat. Add cheeses; stir until melted. Stir in ham; heat
  • through. Drain pasta and asparagus; toss with cheese mixture.

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Ham and Cheese Pasta (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • Yield: 4 servings.
Wine: Full-Bodied White Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.