Creamy Ham Casserole

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    Creamy Ham Casserole

    Creamy Ham Casserole

    Ingredients

    • 4 1/2 cups Egg Noodles (Uncooked, Whole Wheat)
    • 2 quarts Boiling Water
    • 2 cups Broccoli Florets
    • 1 cup Chopped Carrots
    • 1 cup Fat Free Milk
    • 1 can Reduced-fat, Reduced Sodium, Cream of Mushroom Soup
    • 2 cups Reduced-fat Shredded Cheddar Cheese
    • 1 (6 oz) Tub Light Cream Cheese with Chives and Onions
    • 2 cups Lean Ham
    • 1/2 cup Bread Crumbs

    Directions

    Step 1
    Cook noodles in 2 quarts boiling water for 2 minutes. Add broccoli and carrots and cook 3 minutes more. Drain immediately. You do not want to over cook your noodles, otherwise you will end up with a soggy casserole.
    Step 2
    Combine milk, soup, cheddar cheese, and cream cheese in a large bowl; mix well with a whisk. Add noodle mixture and ham and stir well.
    Step 3
    Spread the noodle mixture evenly in a 9x13 baking dish that has been coated with olive oil (or Pam). Sprinkle the bread crumbs evenly over casserole.
    Step 4
    At this point you can choose to freeze the casserole to eat at a later date or you may cook it immediately:
    Step 5
    To freeze: Wrap unbaked Casserole with heavy duty foil. Freeze up to 3 months. When ready to eat, remove casserole from freezer and let rest on the counter for 30 minutes (this ensures your baking dish will not crack while baking from the heat). Then bake, covered, at 350 degrees, for 1 hour. Uncover and bake an additional 15 minutes, or until topping is lightly browned.
    Step 6
    To bake immediately: Cover casserole with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake an additional 10 minutes, or until topping is lightly browned.