Broccoli Ham Bake
1 1/2 cups elbow macaroni (or other similar pasta)
4 cups broccoli florets
1 large finely chopped onion
1 cup cubed cooked ham
2 tbsp butter, divided
1/3 cup all-purpose (plain) flour
4 cups fat-free milk
2 1/2 cups shredded reduced fat cheddar
1/4 cup minced parsley
2 tsp Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 cup day old bread crumbs
1. Cook the pasta according to the package directions, meanwhile cook the broccoli until crisp tender.
2. In a deep skillet melt a tbsp of the butter and saute the onion and ham until the onion is softened, sprinkle with the flour, stir until well blended, then slowly stir in the milk, bring to a boil continuously stirring until thickened.
3. Stir in the cheese, parsley, mustard and all the seasonings. Drain the broccoli and pasta, stir into the cheese sauce and then transfer into an oven proof dish.
4. In a small skillet, melt the remaining butter add the breadcrumbs and stir. Sprinkle over the pasta mixture. Bake uncovered at 350F/180C for 25 minutes or until heated through.