Ham casserole: Easy weeknight dinner that everyone will enjoy


A quick, easy weeknight dinner doesn’t have to come out of a microwave. This ham casserole recipe is better than a one-pot wonder.

Finding a good, easy weeknight dinner recipe can be quite a task. While easy food is convenient, nothing tastes better than a home cooked meal. Of course, finding a recipe that everyone enjoys can be a daunting endeavor. The combination of ham, cheese and pasta is a winning combination. This ham casserole will soon become a family favorite.

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  • A quick search of any food website will bring many suggestions for dinner recipes. From the one pot wonders to the elaborate, chef-driven creations, everyone has a suggestion for your next meal. As a busy parent, with student athletes, our family dinners need to be quick, nutritious and filling. Truth be told, my kids eat double the amount of food than I do (and sometimes they are still hungry).

    When it comes to dinner, a meal that balances proteins and carbs is key. While my kids happily eat salad and vegetables (yes it’s an anomaly), sometimes they would rather have those vegetables added to something really tasty. A casserole is a great way to incorporate proteins, carbs and vegetables all in one dish.

    Recently, I came across this ham and cheddar casserole recipe by Boar’s Head. With minimal prep work and effort, this tasty dinner can be on the table in under an hour. Plus, the recipe comes family friendly ingredients like cheese, pasta and ham.

    Ham, like the Boar’s Head sweet slice boneless smoked ham, is a great choice for this type of easy casserole because it doesn’t require an additional cooking step. The richness of flavor from the smoke adds depth to the casserole. The sweet and smoke are balanced by the creaminess of the cheese. All in all, it’s hard not to eat a second helping of this casserole.

    Ham casserole: Easy weeknight dinner that everyone will enjoy, photo provided by Boar’s Head

    Here’s how to make this ham casserole.

    "SWEET SLICE® HAM & CHEDDAR CASSEROLEINGREDIENTS –12 oz Farfalle pasta2 cups frozen chopped broccoli thawed2 cups Sweet Slice Boneless Smoked Ham cubed2 tbsp Butter, ¼ tsp Salt, ¼ tsp Nutmeg ground2 tsp all-purpose flour,1 cup milk½ cup Sharp Wisconsin Cheddar Cheese, grated.INSTRUCTIONSPreheat oven to 350°F. Bring a large pot of slightly salted water to a boil; cook the pasta in the boiling water, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 10 minutes. Drain.Place pasta, thawed broccoli, and ham in an oven safe baking dish.In a small saucepan, melt butter over low heat and add salt, nutmeg and flour stirring constantly until well blended.Add milk and continue stirring. Once sauce thickens, add grated cheese and stir until cheese melts and sauce is smooth.Pour cheese sauce over ham, broccoli and pasta, coating well.Bake in a 350°F oven for 20 minutes."

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