Pasta, Ham and Gruyere Casserole
 
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Easy to prepare pasta casserole, enhanced by the smokey flavors of a Gruyere cheese sauce, ham, and peas.
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Recipe type: Entree
Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 2 cups egg noodles (or any pasta you prefer)
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 Tablespoons all purpose flour
  • ⅛ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 cup cup grated Gruyere cheese
  • ⅓ cup whipping cream
  • salt and pepper (to taste)
  • 1 cup chopped ham
  • ⅓ cup peas (frozen are fine)
  • Additional ¼ cup grated Gruyere cheese (for garnish)
  • 2 Tablespoons bread crumbs (for garnish)
  • Non-stick spray (for baking dish)
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray an 8x8 baking dish with non-stick spray. Set aside.
  3. Cook pasta according to pkg. instructions. Drain. Set aside.
  4. While pasta is cooking, prepare the cheese sauce. Melt butter in large pan (or skillet). Whisk in the flour, garlic powder and onion powder. Cook for about a minute.
  5. Add the milk. Stir until fully combined and sauce has thickened.
  6. Add a cup of grated cheese. Stir to combine. Cook on low until cheese has fully melted.
  7. Add whipping cream. Stir to fully combine. Continue cooking on LOW, but do not let mixture come to a boil.
  8. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  9. Add ham pieces. Add peas. Stir gently to combine.
  10. Add cooked and drained pasta. Stir gently until pasta is coated with sauce. Pour pasta and sauce into prepared 8x8 baking dish.
  11. Cover the top of casserole with additional grated cheese, then sprinkle with bread crumbs.
  12. Cover baking dish with aluminum foil. Cut a tiny hole in top of foil to vent, then bake casserole in 350 degree oven for 30 minutes. When done, and cheese is bubbly, remove to a wire rack for a minute or two to slightly cool, then serve. Enjoy!
Recipe by The Grateful Girl Cooks! at https://www.thegratefulgirlcooks.com/pasta-ham-and-gruyere-casserole/