Broccoli & Ham Soup

1 medium onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
2 Tbsp. butter or margarine
1/2 c. water
2 c. diced fully cooked ham
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
2 (13 oz.) cans chicken broth
2 c. chopped fresh (or frozen) broccoli
1 (7 1/2 oz.) can tomatoes, cut up
1/2 c. elbow macaroni
Salt and pepper
Grated Parmesan cheese, optional

In 3-quarter casserole combine onion, garlic and butter. Place in microwave; cook for three minutes on hign until tender. Stir in ham, broth, broccoli, undrained tomatoes, water, macaroni and nutmeg; cover. Cook for 15 minutes on high; stir once. Cook for eight minutes on medium until broccoli and macaroni are tender. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Sprinkle individual servings with Parmesan cheese if desired. Makes six servings.