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Creamy Ham 'n' Macaroni Recipe

Creamy Ham 'n' Macaroni Recipe

The original comfort food, macaroni and cheese gets a makeover with the addition of cubed ham and grated Parmesan. Kids will love it! —Christy Looper, Colorado Springs, Colorado
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min. YIELD:6 servings


  • 2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups 2% milk
  • 4 teaspoons chicken bouillon granules
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1-1/2 cups cubed fully cooked ham
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese


  • 1. Cook macaroni according to package directions; drain and set aside. In a large saucepan, melt butter over low heat; whisk in flour until smooth. Whisk in the milk, bouillon and pepper. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat. Stir in 1 cup cheddar cheese, ham, Parmesan cheese and macaroni.
  • 2. Transfer to a greased 2-qt. baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining cheddar cheese. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until bubbly. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 434 calories, 26g fat (16g saturated fat), 93mg cholesterol, 1414mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 1g fiber), 22g protein

Reviews for Creamy Ham 'n' Macaroni

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Reviewed Feb. 4, 2016

"This recipe does not need the bouillon at all. The butter and cheese have enough salt. Otherwise it was delicious and easy."

Reviewed Dec. 21, 2015

"My teens ask for this all the time (and they aren't ordinarily big fans of baked mac and cheese). So simple and sooooo yummy! As for the sodium, I don't think it's salty at all. However, I always use sodium-free bouillon in any recipe. Maybe they don't have that in Denver. Maybe that's only something we have in Ohio."

Reviewed Sep. 28, 2014

"My family LOVES this"

Reviewed Aug. 23, 2014

"We love this dish in our house...only change we make is a little extra cheese and I use a pound of pasta...there's 6 of us It's a fantastic and easy dinner to make..."

Reviewed Jun. 25, 2014

"Must agree w/DenverPatti, TOO SALTY. Maybe that's the midwestern casserole norm, I don't know. I think the mac+cheese flavors would actually come through better w/less salt. 1 tsp bouillon granules sounds right, then add more to the sauce to taste IF NEEDED before combining with macaroni. But otherwise very clear, well written recipe, and rich cheesy flavor. And simple, that's a plus. Hence, 3 stars."

Reviewed Jun. 18, 2014

"This was WAY TOO salty for health of humans! I had to rinse all of the pasta and ham off and start over. Typically chicken bouillon granules are so salty. I recommend cutting the amount in half. I actually cut it to one teaspoon and MUCH MORE HEART HEALTHY! The ham adds enough sodium! I also added about 1/2 cup frozen peas and it turned out great! LOOK at the 1414 mg. of sodium in this recipe for a one cup serving!!!!! Is this healthy??? NO WAY! Not to mention it was so salty you couldn't taste anything else.One more comment, no parent with any knowledge of healthy nutrition and childhood obesity should EVER feed their kids a dish with so much sodium and the cholesterol is not good either. No wonder we have unhealthy overweight kids. I have to be honest!

And btw, I made the recipe EXACTLY as it is written the first time. Not healthy that way at all."

Reviewed Mar. 11, 2014

"This was just ok to us."

Reviewed Jan. 23, 2014

"This was excellent, super rich and a great way to use up leftover ham."

Reviewed Dec. 12, 2013

"Didn't have enough of ingredients on hand and had to use only 1 cup white cheddar, 1 cup whole milk with 1 cup water and about 1/8 cup Italian parmesan. It still turned out kids loved it and are asking for me to make again! Cant imagine the flavor with the right amount of ingredients. Finally a recipe they like since I wont buy the box mac and cheese anymore!"

Reviewed Dec. 12, 2013

"This is a favorite at our house and we make it all the time for pot lucks."

Reviewed Sep. 24, 2013

"This was very rich but so delicious! It doesn't take much to fill you up. I made it hoping my two year old would eat it in place of Kraft and my husband ended up raving about it. Definitely keeping in my file!"

Reviewed Dec. 12, 2012

"My new favorite macaroni recipe!"

Reviewed Dec. 1, 2012

"My family loves this recipe I make it every year after are thanksgiving with leftover ham I do not change anything when I make this recipe"

Reviewed Oct. 22, 2012

"This is a great way to use leftover ham. I added onions, seasoning salt, and chopped green chilies."

Reviewed Sep. 28, 2012

"Four out of five at my dinner table enjoyed this last night. I skipped adding the extra cheese on top ans added buttered breadcrumbs instead. The recipe was easily doubled. A nice treat!"

Reviewed Sep. 5, 2012

"I made this out of my "best loved recipes" cookbook. It is soooo good!! It's the best mac and cheese roux I have ever had. My husband is going to love it!! However I will add some vegetables next time to make it a complete rounded meal. :-)"

Reviewed Aug. 16, 2012

"Made the recipe exactly as it is and family liked it. Next time I think I would add some diced onions and celery to boost the flavor a bit."

Reviewed Oct. 19, 2011

"Great dish to make ahead of time. My husband and I both loved it! Next time I think I will add oinons to it."

Reviewed May. 5, 2011

"This is a GREAT recipe! My family loves it, they request this at least once a week. It's hard to get my three little picky eaters to stay and eat at the table but this dish always has them running to the table and asking for seconds."

Reviewed Mar. 20, 2011

"Easy to make... a comfort dinner for the whole family! :)"

Reviewed Feb. 15, 2011

"Delicious! It was loved by my entire family. Even my super picky three year old had seconds."

Reviewed Jan. 24, 2011

"This was very good. My son is very picky about his mac-n-cheese and he had a second helping. We will use this again."

Reviewed Nov. 6, 2010

"Delicious! I added some smoked gouda which brought out the smokiness in the ham and it was heaven on a plate!"

Reviewed Apr. 19, 2010

"Excellent - I was in a hurry, so I modified it a little. I cut the milk back by a 1/2c and added 4 oz velveta, 2 cans drained green beans and let it simmer on the stove for 5 min and served - it was great!"

Reviewed Apr. 9, 2010

"This is a family favorite!! It's quick, easy and best of all YUMMY!! I like to broil the top for a few minutes at the end to brown the cheese. Thank you so much for this recipe!!"

Reviewed Feb. 23, 2010

"I doubled recipe and cooked a whole box of noodles. I used half sharp and half colby jack. I also melted 2 T of butter and mixed with bread crumbs to sprinkle on top. It was EXCELLENT. My whole family went crazy and want it again soon!"

Reviewed Nov. 1, 2009

"Soooooo Creamy. It looks like ordinary macaroni and cheese, yet it's so much better!"

Reviewed Nov. 17, 2008

"This was not that great. The kids ate it just fine, but my husband and I could not eat much. It was okay, but I have many more recipes that are so much better, that I will not be putting this one in the rotation."

Reviewed Nov. 2, 2008

"This has become a family favorite. My husband won't eat mac and cheese from a box anymore."

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