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Ham and cheese macaroni

Ham and broccoli turn macaroni and cheese into a one-dish meal. You can bake the casserole in your oven or heat it in a microwave.

Number of Servings: 4 | Prep: 30 min
Bake: 30 min at 350°

1 cup elbow macaroni
2 cups broccoli florets or 1 10-ounce package frozen cut broccoli, cooked and drained
1 cup cubed fully cooked ham or turkey ham (5 ounces)
1 medium green or sweet red pepper, cut into 3/4-inch squares (1 cup)
1 cup skim milk
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 cup cubed American cheese (4 ounces)
3/4 cup soft bread crumbs (1 slice)
1 tablespoon margarine, melted

1. Cook macaroni according to package directions; drain.

2. In a 2-quart casserole combine macaroni, broccoli, ham, and green or red pepper; set aside.

3. For sauce, in a small saucepan stir together milk, cornstarch, and pepper. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly. Add cheese; stir until melted. Stir sauce into mixture in casserole. Combine bread crumbs and margarine; sprinkle atop mixture in casserole.

4. Bake, uncovered, in a 350 degree F oven for 30 minutes or until bubbly and bread crumbs are lightly browned.

Microwave directions: Prepare as above, except use a microwave-safe casserole and do not sprinkle bread crumbs over macaroni mixture before cooking. Micro-cook macaroni mixture, covered, on 100-percent power (high) for 5 to 8 minutes or until hot, stirring once. Top with bread crumb mixture. Cook, uncovered, on high 1 minute more. Makes 4 servings.

Nutrition Facts (per serving): 350 cal., 15 g fat, 47  mg chol., 33 g carb., 952 mg sodium, 21 g pro.

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