Pepperoni, Pasta, and Vegetable Casserole

Total Time:
35 min
Prep:
10 min
Cook:
25 min

Yield:
8 to 10 servings
Level:
Easy

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Ingredients
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 pound spaghetti
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter (1/2 stick)
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1/4 cup cream cheese
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 pinch ground nutmeg
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cups grated Monterey Jack (about 7 ounces)
  • 1 (16-ounce) box frozen broccoli, or 1 pound fresh broccoli, lightly cooked
  • 1 (10-ounce) bag frozen peas
  • 8 ounces pepperoni, diced
Directions

Preheat the broiler.

Bring a large pot of cold water to a boil over high heat and salt it generously. Add the spaghetti and boil, stirring occasionally, until al dente. Drain.

Meanwhile, melt the butter in a large Dutch oven or deep stove-top casserole dish over medium heat. Scatter the flour over the butter and mix with a wooden spoon into a paste. Continue stirring in a figure "8", making sure to get into the corners of the pan, until the paste puffs slightly and lightens in color, about 1 minute. Off the heat gradually whisk the milk into the paste. Return to medium-high heat and whisk until thickened, then simmer, stirring occasionally until the sauce has the consistency of heavy cream, about 8 to 10 minutes. Whisk in the cream cheese, Worcestershire sauce, and nutmeg. Season with salt, pepper.

Reduce heat to low and whisk 1 cup Monterey Jack. Stir in the broccoli, peas, pepperoni and spaghetti, and heat until warmed through.

Top casserole with the remaining 1 cup cheese; transfer to the broiler, and cook casserole until brown and bubbly. Cool slightly and serve.

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