Broccoli-Ham Macaroni Recipe
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Broccoli-Ham Macaroni Recipe

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Creamy and cheesy, this dressed-up version of mac and cheese provides all the goodness of comfort food without the extra fat. —Nancy Latulippe, Simcoe, Ontario
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 4 cups fresh broccoli florets
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1 cup cubed fully cooked ham
  • 1 medium sweet red pepper, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups fat-free milk
  • 2-1/2 cups (10 ounces) shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted

Nutritional Facts

1-1/3 cup: 389 calories, 16g fat (10g saturated fat), 57mg cholesterol, 734mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 3g fiber), 27g protein


  1. Cook macaroni according to package directions. Meanwhile, place 1 in. of water in a large saucepan; add broccoli. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 4-5 minutes or until crisp-tender.
  2. In another saucepan, saute the onion, ham and red pepper in 1 tablespoon butter until vegetables are crisp-tender. Sprinkle with flour; stir until blended. Gradually stir in milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.
  3. Stir in the cheese, parsley, mustard and seasonings until blended. Drain broccoli and macaroni; stir into cheese sauce. Transfer to a greased 2-qt. baking dish (dish will be full).
  4. Combine bread crumbs and butter. Sprinkle over top. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until heated through. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Broccoli-Ham Macaroni in Taste of Home April/May 2010, p55

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Reviewed Dec. 29, 2013

"I keep coming back to this favorite!"

Reviewed Mar. 27, 2013

"One word-Yum!"

Reviewed Mar. 22, 2013

"I served this as a main dish, with homemade baked beans and coleslaw on the side. I am eating wheat-free, so made this with brown-rice macaroni and I eliminated the bread-crumb topping. In fact, I was running out of time, so I didn't even put this in the oven at all .... just served it nice and hot from the skillet. This did seem a bit bland at first, but all it really needed was some salt to taste. Then the flavors came together nicely and it was even better the next day."

Reviewed Apr. 10, 2012

"OOPS!!!! I misspelled "garlic" in previous posting. it definitely doesn't need a "k" at the end......"

Reviewed Apr. 10, 2012

"very good side dish! I didn't have bread crumbs; therefore, I chose to use crushed ritz crackers. "DELISH" served with grilled pork chops & garlick cheese toast. Great meal. TOH -- you are the best"

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