Chopped carrots and sweet peppers add a festive sprinkling of color to this cheerful and easy casserole. It's a meal in itself with a side dish of steamed vegetables.
- 8 ounces tricolored or plain rotini or other dried pasta (shaped)
- 1 medium carrot, cut into thin, bite-size strips
- 1/4 cup chopped onion
- 1/4 cup margarine or butter
- 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 3 cups milk
- 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese (3 ounces)
- 1/2 cup shredded American cheese (2 ounces)
- 1/2 cup chopped green sweet pepper
- 1/2 cup chopped red sweet pepper
- 2 cups chopped fully cooked ham
- 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese (1 ounce)
- Pepper (optional)
In a large saucepan or pasta pot bring 3 quarts water to boiling. Add pasta. Reduce heat slightly. Boil, uncovered, for 8-10 minutes, or till pasta is al dente, stirring occasionally. Add carrot to boiling pasta the last 2 minutes of cooking. (Or, cook according to package directions, adding carrot the last 2 minutes.) Immediately drain.
Meanwhile, in a large saucepan cook onion in margarine or butter for 5 minutes, or till tender but not brown. Stir in flour and pepper. Add milk all at once. Cook and stir till slightly thickened and bubbly. Add 3/4 cup cheddar cheese and 1/2 cup American cheese; stir till melted. Stir in pasta-carrot mixture, green and red sweet pepper, and ham.
Transfer mixture to a 2-quart round casserole. Bake, covered, in a preheated 350 degrees F oven for 25 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle with 1/4 cup cheddar cheese and pepper, if desired. Return to oven and bake, uncovered, for 5 minutes more.
Recipe reprinted by permission of Weldon Owen. All rights reserved.
nutrition information per serving
461 calories; 22g total fat; 80mg cholesterol; 963mg sodium; 40g carbohydrates; 2g fiber; 25g protein
These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.
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