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Creamy Penne Primavera with Ham

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Ingredients

  • 1 pound penne pasta
  • 3 cups broccoli florets
  • 3 carrots (peeled and diced)
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter
  • 4 cloves garlic (crushed and minced)
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cans chicken broth (14.5 ounces each)
  • 1 ½ cups Italian cheese blend
  • 4 ounces cream cheese (cut into cubes)
  • ¾ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 package deli ham (7 – 8 ounces chopped)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. Cook pasta according to package direction for AL dente. 2 minutes before the pasta is done add the broccoli and carrots. Drain and set aside.
  3. In a large skillet or saute pan melt the butter over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Whisk in the flour and mix until smooth. Gradually add the broth stirring constantly, bring the mixture to a boil, and cook until thickened. Add the cream cheese, shredded Italian, and ¼ cup Parmesan. Stir and cook until cheese is melted. Stir the cheese sauce and ham into the penne and vegetable mixture.
  4. Pour the penne mixture into a 13 x 9 casserole dish lightly sprayed with cooking spray. Sprinkle the remaining Parmesan cheese on top and bake for 20 minutes or until bubbly.
  5. Serve hot.