Monday, April 13, 2009

Creamy Ham Broccoli Casserole

This is technically supposed to have Spam in it. However, since I am NOT a fan of Spam and don't keep it in my food storage we used some of the ham leftover from Easter Dinner. I got this from my America's Favorite Brand Name One-Dish Meals cookbook.

Creamy Ham Broccoli Casserole

Nonstick cooking spray
1 (7 oz) package elbow macaroni
2 cups frozen cut broccoli, thawed and drained
1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
2 cups milk
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 cup (4 oz) shredded Cheddar cheese
3/4 cup soft bread crumbs
2 teaspoons margarine, melted

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 2-quart casserole with nonstick cooking spray. Cook macaroni according to package directions; drain. In prepared casserole, combine macaroni, broccoli, Ham and bell pepper. In small saucepan, stir together milk, cornstarch and black pepper until cornstarch is dissolved. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly, until thickened. Reduce heat to low. Add cheese; stir until melted. Stir sauce into Ham mixture. Combine bread crumbs and margarine; sprinkle on top of casserole. Bake 40 minutes or until thoroughly heated.
Makes 8 servings.

Note: I did not measure my noodles, but did double the sauce. It filled to the top of a 9x13 pan. Next time I probably wouldn't use the bread crumbs and margarine. However we did put some parmesan cheese on top which was great. Phillip had 4 servings of this and the other two ate more than Stuart and I ate. Even with all of what we ate we still have half of the 9x13 pan left...not normal in our family. It was GREAT!

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Stuffed Pesto Chicken

I got this recipe from a friend at my bridal shower and haven't tried it until this last week. And let me say that it was amazing! Serves 2.

2 chicken breast
Roasted red peppers
Salt and Pepper
Mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Butterfly the chicken.
  • Place and spread desired amount of pesto inside.
  • Place desired amount of roasted pepper.
  • Stuff shredded mozzarella cheese inside.
  • Close, then spread pesto on top of chicken.
  • Sprinkle salt and pepper.
  • Place on baking sheet.
  • Bake for approximately 20-25 minutes.
I hope you enjoy it as much as Garrett and I did!