Fancy Mac 'N' Cheese Recipe
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Fancy Mac 'N' Cheese Recipe

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People compare my version of mac'n'cheese to their grandma's macaroni and cheese...not knowing it starts out with a purchase box mix. Ham and broccoli add flavor and color. It brings raves at our church socials.—Janet Twigg, Campbellford, Ontario
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 2 packages (7-1/4 ounces each) macaroni and white cheddar or cheddar cheese dinner mix
  • 6 cups water
  • 2 cups fresh broccoli florets
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon butter, divided
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 cups cubed fully cooked ham
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup soft bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 312 calories, 19g fat (10g saturated fat), 61mg cholesterol, 932mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 1g fiber), 14g protein.


  1. Set cheese sauce packet from dinner mix aside. Bring water to a boil. Add macaroni; cook for 4 minutes. Add the broccoli, onion and garlic. Cook 3-6 minutes longer or until macaroni is tender; drain.
  2. In a large saucepan, melt 1/2 cup butter. Stir in cheese sauce mix and milk. Add the ham, mustard, salt and pepper. Stir in macaroni mixture.
  3. Transfer to a greased broiler-proof 2-1/2-qt. baking dish. Melt remaining butter; toss with bread crumbs and cheese. Sprinkle over top. Broil 4-6 in. from the heat for 4-5 minutes or until top is golden brown. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Fancy Mac 'N' Cheese in Country Woman July/August 2001, p39

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