quick & easy dinner



hamcheesebroccolicasseroleAfter Easter I bought a ham on sale and cut the entire thing up into small bite size pieces.  I divided the ham up, put them into small containers and froze most of it.  My plan was to add it into casseroles, scrambled eggs and pasta dishes.  My first recipe using the ham was a hit and so quick and easy.  Here’s to quick and easy dinners that everyone will eat, hallelujah and amen!

Cheesy Ham & Broccoli Shells

1 1/2 cups dry pasta shells
1 cup broccoli florets (I used frozen)
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1/4 cup flour
2 cups milk
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1 1/2 cups chopped ham
2 cups (8 oz) shredded cheddar cheese
Salt and pepper to taste

Boil the noodles, steam the broccoli and set them aside. Melt butter in a large pot and stir in flour.  Stir constantly until mixture is blended and then stir in milk.  Season with onion powder and garlic powder.  Continue stirring this mixture until it thickens, then add cheese and stir until melted.  Take it off the burner and blend in noodles, ham and broccoli.  Salt and pepper to taste.  (I added more milk once it was all blended so it wasn’t so thick, but do what makes you happy.)  Enjoy!

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