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Baked Pasta and Cheddar with Ham

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Active Time:  15 Minutes
Total Time:  45 Minutes
  Makes 6 main-dish servings
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.
RECIPE INGREDIENTS
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)
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DIRECTIONS
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.
Date Added: 01/01/2008
Nutrition Facts per Serving
Yield:   Makes 6 main-dish servings
Calories: 461
Fat. Total: 22g
Fiber: 2g
Carbohydrates, Total: 40g
Sodium: 963mg
% Cal. from Fat: 43%
Cholesterol: 80mg
Protein: 25g
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