I’m trying to use up some ham I froze and I have been loving my mac and cheese lately, so why not combine them! This recipe came from a free issue of Parenting that I received. It was delicious, plus adding the broccoli made it a bit more healthful. I made half this recipe and it made enough for at least 3 good size servings. The full recipe could probably feed 6-7 kids. I did use the additional topping suggestion, I highly recommend it! It added a nice crunchy parmesan flavor.
Meaty Mac and Cheese
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Salt to taste
8 oz elbow pasta
4 cups broccoli florets, cut into bite-size pieces
1 lb cubed ham (or boneless ham steaks, cut into 1/2-inch cubes)
2 Tbsp milk, plus 1 cup
2 Tbsp flour
1 Tbsp butter
1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add the pasta, and boil until the noodles have 5 minutes left to cook according to package directions. Add the broccoli and ham; continue cooking until the pasta is al dente and the broccoli is bright green and crisp-tender. Drain.
2. While the pasta cooks, make the sauce: Combine 2 Tbsp milk with the flour in a small bowl, and stir until smooth. Melt the butter over medium heat in a saucepan; stir in the flour mixture and whisk in the remaining 1 cup milk, stirring constantly. Continue stirring until the sauce is the consistency of heavy cream, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat, and stir in the cheese until the sauce is smooth again. (I suggest mixing the remaining milk with the flour/milk mixture and then adding the flour/milk mixture to the saucepan.)
3. Toss the pasta mixture with the sauce, and serve. (To reheat, add a little milk to loosen the sauce.)
Transfer the macaroni and cheese to a baking dish coated with cooking spray. Combine 2 Tbsp melted butter with 1/3 cup each bread crumbs and grated parmesan cheese. Sprinkle the mixture on the pasta. Bake at 450°F until the topping is golden, 3 to 5 minutes.
Recipe from Parenting.com