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Broccoli-Ham Macaroni Recipe

Broccoli-Ham Macaroni Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

1-1/3 cups equals 389 calories, 16 g fat (10 g saturated fat), 57 mg cholesterol, 734 mg sodium, 39 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 27 g protein.

Reviews for Broccoli-Ham Macaroni

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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"

Reviewed Jul. 7, 2011

"I agree that the recipe was a bit bland,but you have to go by your own taste. I added some part skim ricotta, hot sauce,salt and pepper to taste. Recipes are a canvas. Sometimes the original is just right, other times you have to improvise and use it as a base. BTW, I added the broccoli to the macaroni while cooking and used only one other pan for the vegetables and sauce. I melted and mixed the breadcrumbs in my measuring cup. Not at all as much clean up as some have said. Very good base recipe and easy to build on."

Reviewed Mar. 24, 2011

"It was just okay, and not worth making again. "

Reviewed Aug. 11, 2010

"This was very good and my 3 year old loved it. I added double the garlic powder, pepper and topped with double the bread crumbs. Recipe would have been too bland for me as is."

Reviewed Apr. 29, 2010

"This was good. Surprisingly relatively healthy for as comforting and indulgent as it seems. It made A LOT!"

Reviewed Apr. 8, 2010

"I just threw this away after spending more than 30 minutes preparing it & 30 minutes cooking it. It was very bland, which is hard to believe when you look at the list of ingredients. Oh well, win some, lose some."

Reviewed Apr. 7, 2010

"Loved it! Nice and creamy....went back for seconds!"

Reviewed Apr. 6, 2010

"Fantastic twist on the usual mac and cheese. I skipped the bread crumb topping and thought it turned out great."

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