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Shells with Cauliflower and Ham

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  • Prep Time 30 min
  • Total Time 50 min
  • Servings 8

This Thanksgiving casserole recipe is a twist on regular mac and cheese – pasta shells and cauliflower with ham in a cheesy sauce. It makes a hearty dinner.

Ingredients

7
cups small cauliflowerets (about 1 1/2 lb)
3/4
teaspoon salt
2 1/3
cups uncooked small pasta shells (about 8 oz)
1/4
cup Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
3
cups 1% low-fat milk
2
cloves garlic, finely chopped
1
cup shredded reduced-fat sharp Cheddar cheese (4 oz)
1/2
cup grated Parmesan cheese
2
teaspoons Dijon mustard
1/4
teaspoon pepper
3/4
cup diced cooked extra-lean ham
2
slices (1 oz each) whole wheat bread, torn into quarters
2
teaspoons butter, melted

Directions

  • 1 Heat oven to 400°F. Spray 13x9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray.
  • 2 In 3-quart saucepan, heat 8 cups (2 quarts) water to boiling. Add cauliflower and 1/2 teaspoon of the salt; cook 4 minutes or until tender. Remove cauliflower with slotted spoon to large bowl. Heat cooking liquid to boiling. Add pasta; cook 6 minutes. Drain; add pasta to cauliflower.
  • 3 In 2-quart saucepan, stir flour and milk with whisk. Add garlic; cook over medium-high heat about 8 minutes, stirring frequently, until thickened. Remove from heat; stir in cheeses, mustard, pepper and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Pour cheese sauce over cauliflower mixture. Stir in ham. Spoon mixture into baking dish.
  • 4 Place bread in food processor. Cover; process until coarse crumbs form. In small bowl, mix bread crumbs and butter; sprinkle over casserole. Bake uncovered 20 minutes or until lightly browned.
 

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
310
,
% Daily Value
Total Fat
9g
9%
(Saturated Fat
5g,
5%
),
Sodium
760mg
760%;
Total Carbohydrate
40g
40%
(Dietary Fiber
3g
3%
),
Protein
19g
19%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
0%;
Iron
0%;
Exchanges:
2 Starch; 1/2 Low-Fat Milk; 1 Vegetable; 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
2 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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