Creamy Cabbage and Ham Alfredo

This has all the creaminess of the classic Alfredo pasta dish but with a new twist! Strips of lightly cooked cabbage replace the pasta in a cheese and garlic sauce with strips of ham, all topped with golden bread crumbs. It is a terrific make-ahead meal that is quickly warmed in the oven or microwave.

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Servings: 6

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Ingredients

  • 8 cups (2 L) sliced Ontario Cabbage, about 3/8 inch (1 cm) wide
  • 2 tbsp (25 mL) vegetable oil
  • 1 medium Ontario Onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp (25 mL) all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 cups (375 mL) milk
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3/4 lb (375 g) cooked ham, cut into thin strips
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) dry bread crumbs
  • 2 tbsp (25 mL) butter, melted

Preparation

In saucepan of boiling, salted water, cook cabbage for 5 minutes; drain and immediately cover with cold water. Drain again and set aside.

In large nonstick saucepan, heat oil over medium heat; cook onion until golden. Add garlic; cook for 1 minute. Stir in flour; cook for 1 minute. Stir in milk and chicken stock; bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer until thickened. Stir in Parmesan cheese until blended. Stir in ham and cooked cabbage, tossing to coat. Pour into oiled 13 x 9-inch (3.5 L) baking dish or 12-cup (3 L) casserole. Blend together bread crumbs and butter; sprinkle over top. Cover and refrigerate or bake, uncovered, in 325ºF (160ºC) oven for 20 minutes. (Or microwave on Medium-High/70% power for 10 to 12 minutes.)

Note: Microwave recipes tested in a 700-watt microwave oven. Power level terminology in microwave ovens varies; check your owner's manual and use whichever word or number gives you the same percentages as in the recipe (High is always 100%). If your oven differs, cooking times may vary.

Nutrients per serving

  • Protein: 20.5 grams
  • Fat: 14.0 grams
  • Carbohydrates: 14.0 grams
  • Calories: 264