John grew up eating school lunches. And while they were mostly okay, there weren’t many that were memorable.
One school lunch that did stand out to him was Ham Tetrazzini. Besides having a cool name, it also was one of the more flavorful and satisfying lunch options.
Now, a few decades later, John has put together his own recipe that we think you will find delicious, even if you never had it for school lunch.
Tetrazzini is actually an American created dish named after Italian opera singer Luisa Tetrazzini. The original creator is disputed and there are lots of variations to the recipe, but we think you will be a fan of this dish even if you are not an early 1900’s opera enthusiast.
- Start well-salted water to boil and cook pasta per directions on box.
- Cut Ham Steak into 1/2 inch cubes. Place large skillet on medium high burner, add 2 tablespoons of butter. Add cubed ham and sauté for several minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Slice mushrooms and add to pan and sauté with the ham. (Note: Use your choice of mushroom type or what is available to you. The mushroom adds a nice umami flavor that helps deepen the flavor of the ham).
- After a couple more minutes, add frozen broccoli cuts to the pan. (Note: If fresh broccoli is used, add to pan with the mushrooms and allow extra time to cook and soften)
- When broccoli is cooked to desired texture, add minced garlic. Stir in and cook for 30 seconds.
- Sprinkle 3 tablespoons of flour onto pan. Stir in and cook for 30 seconds to a minute.
- Slowly add chicken broth, stirring constantly. Allow to come to a simmer and thicken.
- Add milk and bring back to a simmer. Add grated cheese and stir in until melted.
- Strain spaghetti and add to pan. Fold spaghetti into sauce, let sit for a couple minutes to allow the sauce to soak into the pasta, and then serve!
We hope you enjoy this recipe!
Note that this recipe makes plenty and will easily feed a family of four with some leftovers. Feel free to halve the recipe.
John and Sarah Gilbert farm with their family in North Central Iowa. They care for pigs, cows, and the land to bring you beef and pork you can love. They have a passion for cooking and helping others develop the skills they need to put healthy and delicious home-cooked meals on the table. They can be contacted by email and through Facebook and Instagram.