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Ham and Cheese Pasta Bake

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Calories 481 cals
Total Fat 24 g
Cholesterol 85 mg
Dietary Fiber 3 g
Sodium 1004 mg
Protein 24 g
Total Carbohydrate 40 g
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Prep Time: 35 Minutes

Time to Table: 1 Hour 20 Minutes

Serves: 8 (1 cup per serving)

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces dried penne pasta
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups half-and-half
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups Daisy Cottage Cheese
  • 1 cup finely shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 9 ounce box frozen peas, thawed
  • 2 cups diced cooked ham
  • 3/4 cup bread crumbs

Directions

Cook the pasta according to the package directions and drain; set aside. In a separate sauce pan, combine ¼ cup butter and flour; cook 1 minute; stir in the half and half, salt, and pepper. Cook for an additional minute, stirring constantly. Remove the pan from the heat. Stir in the cottage cheese and Cheddar cheese; whisk to blend. Add the peas and diced ham to the macaroni; stir to incorporate. Stir the sauce into the macaroni mixture. Pour the mixture into a 3 quart casserole or baking dish that has been sprayed with nonstick spray. In a separate small bowl, mix the remaining 1/4 cup melted butter with the breadcrumbs. Sprinkle the crumbs over the macaroni mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 to 45 minutes or until bubbly.

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