I love casseroles. And fortunately for me, my husband doesn’t mind it when I find a new recipe to try out. As scared as he might be at the prospect of me playing the mad scientist in the kitchen, he never lets on. He is truly a brave soul!
Over the years, I’ve found that some casseroles can look better than they actually taste, and vice-versa. I’ve been pleased with some, and disappointed with others.
A recipe I found at the Better Homes and Gardens website inspired me to make this dish.
I also have several other casserole recipes to work through and I’ll be sharing them here too. If you haven’t already, please subscribe to my blog via email so you never miss one of my posts.
Ham, Spinach, and Pasta Casserole
2 2/3 c. bow tie pasta (cook according to package)
1 tbsp. margarine
1 small onion, sliced thin
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 mini sweet red pepper, diced
1 mini sweet yellow pepper, diced
1/2 c. heavy cream
1 1/2 c. milk
1/4 c. all-purpose flour
1 1/2 c. chicken broth
1/4 c. grated parmesan cheese, heaping
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/4 tsp. season salt
1/4 tsp. dried parsley
2 c. fresh spinach, rinsed, dried, and chopped
1 c. cooked ham, cubed or sliced
1 Roma tomato, seeded and diced
3/4 c. mozzarella cheese
In a large skillet, add margarine, onion, red and yellow peppers, and garlic. Cook until vegetables are soft and tender. Add flour, milk and chicken broth; cook until it thickens – stirring often. Stir in parmesan cheese, pepper, season salt, and parsley. Remove from heat and add ham, spinach, and pasta; mix thoroughly. Pour into a 2 quart casserole dish that has been coated with non-stick cooking spray. Top with tomato and mozzarella cheese.
Bake uncovered for 22-25 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool 5 minutes before serving.
So what do (we) think about this dish? It’s a winner. It’s creamy, cheesy, and has a hint of smoky flavor. I served this casserole with a tossed salad and garlic bread; it was a perfect meal for a cold winter night.
The only problem with this casserole? Getting good pictures of it on a dark winter night.