Mac and Cheese with Ham

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Mac and Cheese with Ham

Mac and Cheese with Ham is a creamy, cheesy, comforting meal. The addition of diced ham turns mac and cheese into a hearty main dish meal. This is a pretty basic mac and cheese recipe that begins with a bechamel sauce made with butter, flour, and milk.

Mac and Cheese with Ham

I added both sharp yellow cheddar cheese and white cheddar for a total of 3 cups of cheese. The cheese along with 1 pound of cooked pasta, (I used the traditional elbow but any shape will do), and diced ham are added to the bechemel. I also like to add a small amount of nutmeg for flavor.

Creamy baked Mac and Cheese with Ham

The whole mixture is poured into a casserole dish, topped with buttered Panko crumbs and baked until hot. If you like, you can add a little cayenne pepper or diced jalapenos to spice it up.

Mac and Cheese with Ham is creamy and filling. Perfect comfort food for any time of year. Add a simple salad and you have a super easy, kid-friendly meal.

Creamy baked Mac and Cheese with Ham

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A creamy cheesy macaroni and cheese with diced ham and a buttery panko crumb topping.
Recipe type: Main Dish
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 1 pound elbow pasta, cooked and drained
  • ½ stick butter
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups milk
  • 1½ cups shredded yellow sharp cheddar
  • 1½ cups shredded white cheddar
  • 8 ounces ham, diced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ⅓ cup panko crumbs or homemade bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Melt butter in a large, heavy pot over medium heat. Whisk in flour and cook for 1 minute. Add milk in a slow, steady stream whisking to keep from lumping.
  3. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes, until mixture is thick and bubbly. Whisk frequently during this time.
  4. Season with 1 teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon pepper, and ¼ teaspoon nutmeg. Reserve ¾ cup of cheese and place remaining cheese in pot and stir until melted.
  5. Remove from heat and stir in cooked pasta and ham. Transfer to a lightly greased 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Top with remaining ¾ cup cheese.
  6. Combine panko crumbs and melted butter in a small bowl and sprinkle on top of mac and cheese.
  7. Bake for 30 minutes.

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17 thoughts on “Mac and Cheese with Ham

  1. Just made this tonight and it was awesome! I added a few things just to try. I chopped and fried up 2 onions, I added a tsp. of ground mustard and a few dashes of hot sauce for the hubby….I also did not have white cheddar but used mozzarella instead. I almost forgot, I doubled the panko because I love crunchy!
    Thanks for the awesome recipe…its a keeper!

  2. Mac and cheese is the ultimate comfort food and I love that you added ham to yours. It looks delicious especially with that crumb topping! Mmmm so so good!

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