Broccoli, Cheddar and Ham Bake

So how do you get kids to eat their broccoli?  You cover it in melted cheese, ham and pasta!  This works for those picky eaters you have in your house too.

I have an Rachael Ray’s “Tastyapp”  on my phone.  When I was going through my weekly routine, struggling to find  meals, I decided to try something from here.   It was actually the first meal I found under the budget friendly area.

We had a ham in the freezer so that covered two meals!  Monday night I put the ham in the slow cooker, poured some 7up and brown sugar over the top and cooked for about 3-4 hours on low.  I saved the rest for tonights meal.  Simple, tasty and covered the veggie area for the kids!  It worked!

Here’s what you need:

1lb bowtie pasta

1/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted

2tbs butter

2tbs flour

1tbsp spicy brown mustard

2 cups milk

1/4 tsp salt and pepper – I used more pepper!

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

1 box (I used small bag of frozen) brocolli

1/2 pound thickly sliced ham

Here’s how:

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees

In a pot of boiling water, cook the noodles to al dente.

While the pasta is cooking, spread the nuts in a single layer baking sheet.  Bake them until lightly toasted and aromatic, about 5 minutes (don’t forget about them).

Place the pot the pasta was cooked in over medium heat with the butter.  Sprinkle the flour over the butter and cook for about a minute.  Whisk the mustard and milk into the butter-flour mixture and bring to a bubble.  Season with salt and pepper, simmer until thickened for 2-3 minutes.  Turn the flame (heat) off and add the cheese, stirring until melted and combined.

Add the cooked pasta, broccoli and ham to the pan and stir everything to combine.  Transfer the mixture to a casserole dish and sprinkle the almonds over the top.  Bake until heated through and bubbly, 12-15 minutes, and serve.  We had some garlic, cheese bread with ours.

The best part of this, to me, was the flavor the toasted almonds added to it.  Happy the kids liked it…but happier I have leftovers for lunch tomorrow.

Happy cooking.


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Giveaway! Our first one!! Rachael Ray Bakeware!

Jodi and I are so excited!  We have our very first giveaway. And better still…it’s a Rachael Ray Bakeware product!

When CSN stores, who by the way have the best kids bedding, approached us regarding a giveaway, we couldn’t have been more excited!  A free giveaway?  Of course! Who doesn’t love getting something for free?

This product is the Rachael Ray Bubble and Brown 2.75 Qt. covered casserole dish in orange!!!

I have the two smaller casserole dishes by Rachael Ray but mine do not have the cover.  These have the openings on both ends making it so much easier when removing this from the oven when it’s hot.  I’ve used my dishes several times and love them.  I’ve also had leftovers that I could easily warm  up the next day even faster if I’d been able to leave in this dish with the top on it, placed it in the oven and it’s all set.

This giveaway is so easy to enter.  All you have to do is this:

1. Leave a comment below telling us your favorite thing to cook or bake. Recipes are welcomed, but Not required
2. You must leave your name and email address in the comment.  If you win we will need a way to contact you.
3. Become a follower of our blog!

Deadline: Saturday, March 20, 2010 at 11:59pm central standard time.

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Make sure to leave a comment with your name and email address each time you enter (ie. one when you leave your favorite thing, another if you become a follower…).
Happy entering and good luck!

We will announce the winner on Sunday, March 21, 2010.
Again, happy entering!
Jodi and Patricia
Two Girls Cooking

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