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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Comfort Food: Ham and Noodle Quick Casserole Dinner #Dinnerin15

This week while out grocery shopping I kept in mind that school is about to begin.    It's hard to believe that the summer is over and it's time to get back to the routines of the school year and that busy evenings  are about to begin again.  As I was shopping, I looked for items to stock the pantry - items that help to make evening  meal preparation as painless as possible.   Some of the pantry staples I stocked up on are dry pasta, rice, canned beans, sauces and soups.  For the refrigerator, I make sure I always have milk, cheese, eggs, yogurt, butter,  and protein such as  bacon chicken, ham & ground beef.  In the freezer I try to always keep frozen veggies, fruit, waffles and a couple of loaves of bread  Next up is shopping for school lunch supplies, but in terms of dinner items I feel I am pretty well set for getting back into the (school) groove.

Ham and Noodle Quick Casserole Dinner is perfect for an evening when you have to take one child to karate and another to guitar lessons.  When time is limited, you are going to love this meal.  And, it is made mostly from kitchen staples.

6 cups dry noodles/pasta (egg noodles would be the quickest)
2 cups Maple Leaf Cooked Ham, diced
1/4 cup butter
1 cup heavy cream (whipping cream)
1 cup frozen peas
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
salt and pepper to taste

1. Boil water to cook pasta/noodles, while water is boiling dice the Maple Leaf Cooked Ham.
2. Once the water boils add your choice of pasta/noodles and cook according to package direction - for the last five minutes of cook time, add one cup of frozen peas.
3. Place butter in a heavy saucepan or skillet and let melt.
4. Gradually add cream to the melted butter and whisk.
5. Drain pasta/noodles and peas and add to the butter & cream mixture - toss to coat.
6. Add diced ham - toss to coat and heat through and salt & pepper as desired.
7. Top with Parmesan and serve.

Serves 6

For this recipe I used Maple Leaf Country Kitchen Smoked HamYou will find it readily available at your favourite grocery store in the meat department.   I love having Maple Leaf smoked hams on hand, as they are fully cooked and can be easily heated and served, or use in a casserole dish such as the one I made.

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This Ham and Noodle Quick Casserole is creamy, buttery and tasty.  It is a good comfort family meal and can be on the table in about 15 minutes.  I hope your family loves it just as much as we do!

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Jennifer Van Huss said...

That sounds like an ultimate comfort meal! We love Maple Leaf Ham in our house! We eat it at least twice a month! I'm going to make this recipe next time we make it!

Christine said...

YUM!!! I haven't had that in years!! I'm going to make sure to make some soon! Thanks for the recipe!

Bonnie Way said...

Ooooh, that looks good! I love quick and easy dinners - and comfort food. :) Thanks for sharing!

MamaLad said...

You're recipe looks great! I'll have to make it soon! Thanks!

Paula Schuck said...

I will try this! Unbelievably I have a ham in my freezer and I have never ever made this!

Jodi Shaw said...

Like I said on FB I saved this to my yumprint LOL so I can try it out on my family. I know my kids would love it and I love you used Rotini but I guess you could use whatever pasta you want. It looks so delicious and I love Maple Leaf Ham because it adds such sweetness. A friend of mine did this but added spaghetti sauce, ham and pineapple as variation of pineapple pizza