Broccoli Ham and Cheese Casserole is comfort food in a cheesy smothered casserole, baked with pasta, and covered in crispy baked bread crumb goodness!
We are in that last full week of August, and Kelsie is begging me to pull out the fall decorations, and I’m all over here like it’s 100 degrees outside, and raining everyday – I do not feel fallish this year. It’s actually the first year where I’m not breaking down the door to the hall closet, trying to hang up the wreath on the front door, and wishing time by faster towards Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. I’m just not feeling it yet this year.
Perhaps it’s because we have decided that our first day of homeschooling won’t be until September 6th. Years past I’ve always declared the first day of school to be fall, even though it’s not on the calendar. I don’t know, perhaps I’ll feel it come September! I do believe that this coming weekend I will pull all out the stuff so that Kelsie can help me decorate, but in the mean time, I’ll just make recipes that remind us of fall.
Fall to me means cooler weather, comforting foods, blankets, and warm drinks. This Broccoli Ham and Cheese Casserole is definitely comfort food! It’s warm, cheesy, creamy, and perfect for those cool afternoons when you want something to warm you from the inside out. We love to cook with ham, because it’s not really something we buy until around Christmas time. You know, the Christmas ham?! Anyway. I’ve been stepping out and buying ham more lately, and making yummy comforting dishes like this one. This dish is more like a creamy macaroni and cheese dish with ham and broccoli on the side. The cheese is definitely the star here!
Broccoli Ham and Cheese Casserole
- 12 oz macaroni noodles
- 3 cups broccoli florets
- 2 cups cooked ham cubed
- 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar divided
- 1 cup shredded sharp white cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup shredded fresh parmesan cheese
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1/4 cup flour
- 1 1/2 cups milk
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- salt & pepper to taste
- 1 cup Italian bread crumbs
- 1 tablespoons melted butter
- 1/3 cup shredded fresh parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Cook macaroni according to package directions.
Add broccoli during the last 2 minutes of cook time.
Drain and run under cold water to stop the cooking process.
In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter.
Whisk in flour until incorporated.
Slowly whisk in the cream, milk, and seasonings.
Cook over medium heat while stirring until slightly thickened. (when it coats the back of a spoon) Remove from heat and stir in the cheeses until melted.
Mix together the cheese sauce, pasta, broccoli and ham.
Pour into a greased 9x13 inch pan.
Stir together the topping ingredients and sprinkle over the top.
Bake 18 to 20 minutes or just until hot. Do not over cook or your pasta will be mushy.