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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Ham and Spaghetti Casserole

Sometimes on a cold and snowy night we need something that is warm and comforting.

This casserole fits the bill and is perfect for that leftover ham you baked up for the weekend.

The size you make the casserole is very adjustable. I made this for our Monday night Dinner club and it fed 8 adults easily.

Dice a large onion, 3 stalks of celery, and about 10 large mushrooms.

Melt 1/4 cut butter in a large frying pan and saute the veggies until tender crisp.

Add 1/4 cup of flour and stir well until combined and let it simmer until it has thickened up.


Add 1 1/2 cups of heavy cream .. ( you could easily make it with light cream)

Add 3 cups of chicken stock.

Stir on Medium heat and bring to a simmer.

Add fresh ground pepper and let it simmer 10 minutes.

I don't add any salt but put it on the table.

With ham you never really know how salty the dish will be.



Add 3 cups of diced baked ham and stir to combine.

Add 1/2 grated Parmesan and 1 cup or so of frozen peas.



Cook 1 small box of spaghetti.

I've been using the smart (fibre hidden in the noodle) brand.

(sorry for the blurry picture of the box)



Spray a 9 X 13 pan with pam and lay the al dente noodles in the pan.



Pour the sauce over the noodles.


Cover with Italian Cheese blend.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 - 45 minutes or until bubbly.

Cut into squares and serve as you would Lasagna.


19 comments:

  1. Your pedometer had better be on after enjoying that delicious looking casserole! It is a beautiful thing!

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  2. Mmm mm - that casserole sounds delicious. Too bad I didn't have that recipe last week - we just finished up a ham. I think it would work with chicken though too, don't you?

    Thanks for the pedometer reminder - it will have to be inside today - we're having an ice storm.

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  3. I'm intrigued by the thought of a Monday night dinner club...can you elaborate on that a little?
    I haven't joined your walking club as I missed the beginnings of that...what a great idea though.
    Funny, at work someone has decided to organize those who are willing into accountability groups where we'll all be using pedometers as well as challenging each other to reach nutritional goals as well - I can't wait to get started.
    Being in Manitoba we're a little challenged right now for walking outdoors and I don't own a treadmill, so I'm not sure how I'll get in the steps, but going to give it my best!
    I'll keep stopping by here for words of encouragement :) Thanks

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  4. Good morning, Lovella !!
    Hmmm.. I'll take note of your delicious casserole !!

    Enjoy the snow day today !! It is beautiful!! but I think your pedometer may be on indoor duty today!!! smile

    If you do go out make sure you dress warm.. and don't forget your gloves and scarf !!!

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  5. Thanks for sharing that recipe...I have leftover turkey and that will work fine I'm sure.
    On the weather topic...we went from -3C yesterday to -27C (with windchill -40)today..outside walking is a little challenging!
    Have a good day Lovella!
    I'm into re-arranging furniture..

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  6. Yum...looks good! Extra steps required after eating that!

    The pedometer is on, but I'm having to take frequent breaks for a date between my knee and the heating pad...oh, me!

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  7. That casserole looks so delicious! I'm going to have to try that one to...especially since it's so cold here!

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  8. Really yummy looking casserole. I love casseroles. So easy and only one dish. Isn't the snow so beautiful? The kids were bugged they couldn't have a snow day but it looks like it might still be around when they get home. Have a great day.

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  9. I'll save the recipe...looks yummy! A pasta dish is the perfect comfort food on a snowy winter night...especially when someone else prepares it for you (as we found out last night!).

    Enjoy the snow day, Lovella!

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  10. The casserole looks wonderful! I made the maple twists for church Sunday night and everyone loved them! Thanks for the recipe! My mom loved teh pictures of your visiting eagle!

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  11. Mmmmm. That sounds so yummy. I'd like to make that tonight.....but I can't seem to get out of my driveway in this bloody snow to buy the ingredients. Sigh. Maybe I'll walk for an hour.

    Ya right!

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  12. This recipe sounds like a keeper. I think that sounds like a good idea for today. I now have learned how to organize all these wonderful recipes and can pass them along. So many new ideas and recipes..

    Too much drifting snow for any walk today...
    I'm glad we rescheduled our walk.

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  13. Yum! That sounds like the perfect winter meal. I'll have to jot that one down and give it a try.

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  14. Even in our warmer weather I've been searching for comfort food recipes. Mine usually involve mashed potatoes.

    Re: watching our snacking after dinner. I really try to not eat anything after 7 or 8 at the latest. I sleep better. Our tangerines are ripe so I've been trying to substitute a tangerine for my usual higher calorie afternoon snack.

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  15. Yum, yum, yum.
    Sounds wonderful...

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  16. Yummy yum yum! I actually have just about all those ingredients on hand! A quick trip to the grocery and I've got it all! Wooo hooo! Can't wait! Thanks!

    Jan

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  17. This looks yummy. I may just have to try it.

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  18. That looks soooo delicious!

    My pedometer is on, but it's only registering 2300 steps, and it's 4 pm on Wednesday....I'm glad that delicious spaghetti is not here in my house--very tempting!

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  19. WOW! This looks so yummy! Guess what I'm makin' for lunch tomorrow? :)

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