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Alfredo Penne With Ham Asparagus And Corn
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Alfredo Penne With Ham Asparagus And Corn

Servings 8
Author Melissa Sperka

Ingredients

  • For the casserole you'll need:
  • 4 green onions thinly sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • salt & black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp light margarine or butter
  • 1/2 lb penne pasta
  • 2 [15 oz] jars prepared Alfredo sauce [I used Classico Light Asiago-Romano]
  • 2 cups diced smoked ham
  • 2 cups shredded provolone cheese
  • 1 cup Mexican corn
  • 1/2 lb steamed asparagus or 1 1/2 cups steamed broccoli florets
  • 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 4 Tbsp prepared basil pesto
  • Crumb topping: [shortcut: Crushed Italian seasoned crackers tossed with 1-2 Tbsp butter]
  • 2 slices bread
  • 1 Tbsp flat leaf parsley
  • 2 Tbsp shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1-2 Tbsp butter melted
  • 1/2 tsp garlic salt
  • Option #2 substitute 1 pound cooked and crumbled ground beef or Italian sausage
  • Option # 3 substitute 2 cups chopped roasted chicken
  • Option #4 leave out the meat preparing as directed
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Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray a 9 x 13 baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.
  • On the stove top saute the sliced green onions and garlic with 2 Tbsp of butter for 2-3 minutes until they soften. Season with salt and black pepper to your taste. Remove from the stove. Slice the asparagus into 1 inch pieces.
  • Cook the penne pasta in salted water per the package directions until al dente. Drain well. Add to a large mixing bowl with the remaining ingredients reserving 1/2 cup of shredded provolone for the top.
  • Stir well, then pour into the prepared baking dish.
  • To make the breadcrumbs, pulse two slices of bread in a food processor. Add the parsley, Parmesan cheese and garlic salt. [Alternative crumb topping, 1 cup Italian flavored crackers crushed and tossed with 1 Tbsp of melted butter.]
  • Toss the crumbs with the melted butter. Sprinkle on top of the filling.
  • Bake for 35 minutes until bubbly and the topping is golden.
  • Serve immediately.