Tested till perfect Broccoli and Ham Macaroni and Cheese

Broccoli and Ham Macaroni and Cheese

This updated recipe gives your kids' favourite meal a nutritional kick: Black Forest ham adds protein and broccoli boosts folate and vitamin C intake.

By The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

Source: Canadian Living Magazine: March 2009

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  • Portion size 4 to 6


    1 tbsp (15 mL) butter
    3 shallots (or 1 small onion), minced
    1/4 cup (50 mL) all-purpose flour
    1-1/3 cups (325 mL) 1% milk
    1 can (370 mL) 2% evaporated milk
    1 cup (250 mL) shredded extra-old Cheddar cheese
    1/3 cup (75 mL) grated Parmesan cheese
    1 tsp (5 mL) Dijon mustard
    1/2 tsp (2 mL) each salt and pepper
    2 cups (500 mL) added-fibre macaroni (Catelli Smart)
    3 cups (750 mL) small broccoli florets
    1 cup (250 mL) diced Black Forest ham
    1 cup (250 mL) fresh whole wheat bread crumbs
    1 tbsp (15 mL) butter, melted
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In large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat; cook shallots until lightly golden, about 3 minutes.

Sprinkle with flour; cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Whisk in 1% milk and evaporated milk; cook, whisking, until thickened, about 5 minutes. Stir in Cheddar and 1/4 cup (50 mL) of the Parmesan cheese, mustard, salt and pepper.

Meanwhile, in large pot of boiling salted water, cook macaroni for 5 minutes. Add broccoli; cook for 1 minute. Drain and add to sauce along with ham; stir to coat. Scrape into greased 8-inch (2 L) square glass baking dish.

In bowl, combine bread crumbs, remaining Parmesan cheese and melted butter; sprinkle over macaroni. Bake in 375°F (190°C) oven until bubbly and golden, about 20 minutes.

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Nutritional Information Per each of 6 servings: about

cal 482 pro 28g total fat 17g sat. fat 9g
carb 58g fibre 6g chol 55mg sodium 1,073mg

% RDI:

calcium 46 iron 26 vit A 27 vit C 42
folate 50
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