Macaroni and Cheese with Ham

Total Time:
35 min
Prep:
20 min
Cook:
15 min

Yield:
6 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • Salt
  • 1 pound cavatappi (hollow corkscrew shaped pasta) or other short cut pasta
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • A few grates nutmeg
  • 1 cup shredded Gruyere
  • 1 cup shredded white sharp Cheddar
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 pound French ham, deli sliced, finely chopped
Directions

Heat a large pot of salted water to a boil, drop in pasta. Cook pasta to just shy of al dente.

Heat sauce pot with butter over medium heat, whisk in flour and cook for 1 minute, whisk in stock then milk, allow the sauce to thicken, and season with salt, pepper and nutmeg. Stir in cheeses in a figure eight motion. Stir in Dijon and ham and remove the sauce from heat. Drain pasta and combine with sauce.


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This is delicious! I the noodles in a pan and poured the sauce over it and I baked it in a greased pan for 35 minutes and added parmesian and panko bread crumbs on top. I actually used the orange cheddar because I bought the wrong kind, but it tasted great anyway! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Awesome! Whole family had 3 helpings each. I did not add the nutmeg, was afraid it would turn the kids off. Everything else was the same. Served with peas. Double it and you will have a ton for leftovers! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great dish! Family loved it! Did add peas - yummy!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I needed a recipe to make for a funeral today, and since I had some leftover baked ham and also a package of egg noodles, used this recipe as a starting point. Like "1st time Mom at 43" I made a base with sauted onions, and also pan fried the ham pieces for additional flavor. I added 1 c. cheddar and 1 c. smoked gouda, as that's what I had in the frig. Then I mixed the white sauce with the egg noodles and added panko crumbs and parmesan cheese on top. I also sprinkled some parsley for color, with instructions to bake the casserole for 30 min at 350. turned out great! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was very delicious all around. I used panko instead of making breadcrumbs and it still came out great. I also used Jarlsberg in place of Gruyere. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was super! I used cream for the dairy because I figure cheese is a guilty pleasure any way. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was a great recipie. I used fat-free milk and low fat cheese. It was delicious. A great way to serve left over ham. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Just so- so for me. It wasn't bad tasting at all...but..I've had a lot better mac and cheese dishes. Try Ina Garten's Mac and Cheese. Mmmmmmm.. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Good, but needed some spicing up. The gruyere and sharp cheddar cheese flavors seemed to cancel each other, leaving the dish rather bland. I added thyme, hot sauce, dehydrated onions, chives, and sea salt. Also more ham. Turned out great after I doctored it a bit. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Yummy! And I love the fact that I could replace the cream for broth and milk. I didn't feel the least bit guilty while eating it. Only thing I did different is I used all sharp cheddar. And the nutmeg and mustard gave great flavor. Even my kids liked it! item not reviewed by moderator and published

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