Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Pasta Casserole (easy!)

When I started cooking on my own, one of the first dishes I learned how to make was a ham-and-alfredo pasta casserole. I got the recipe from my friend Bri. It's really easy to make and everyone seems to like it. Win-win!

Pasta Casserole

You will need:
  • Pasta - non-strand. Anything like farfalle, fusilli, or penne is good.
  • Veggies - can be frozen or fresh. I usually use some combination of onion, broccoli, spinach, red/yellow/orange bell peppers, and artichoke hearts. I bet zucchini would be really good, but I haven't tried it yet. Mushrooms work, too. If using frozen veggies, don't thaw them first.
  • Ham - the fully cooked kind. Sometimes I buy ham steaks; it just depends what's on sale.
  • Alfredo sauce - from scratch or from the jar. I make this dish when I'm feeling lazy, so I've always just used the stuff in a jar. I like Classico's Sun-dried Tomato Alfredo best. If I don't have that, I'll use regular alfredo and add in sun-dried tomatoes myself.
  • Shredded mozzarella (optional)
There are no exact quantities, except that I always use one jar of pasta sauce. It all depends on what proportion of pasta to ham to veggies you want.

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Cook pasta. While pasta is cooking, chop up veggies and cube ham. Drain pasta. Dump pasta, ham, and veggies into 9x13 baking pan. Pour alfredo sauce on top. Fill pasta sauce jar 1/3-1/2 full with milk. Put lid on (duh), shake jar, and pour on casserole. Toss lightly until everything is fully coated with sauce. The dish should be slightly soupy-ish but not drowning. Bake for approximately 35 minutes or until veggies are cooked through. Remove pan from oven and sprinkle mozzarella on top. Stir and serve.


Shakezilla said...

Sounds like something even I could make. But I probably won't cause I'm too lazy.

Lianne said...

Heh. Well, if you ever decide to get your butt into the kitchen, I'm sure it'll turn out fine. Does your girlfriend cook? You could get her to make it. =P