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Cheesy Ham Macaroni Recipe

Cheesy Ham Macaroni Recipe

I'm often asked to bring this comforting casserole to potluck dinners, and it's a favorite of my family's, too. The rich and creamy easy-to-fix dish is a great way to use leftover baked ham. -Molly Seidel, Edgewood, New Mexico
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 25 min. YIELD:8 servings


  • 1 package (8 ounces) elbow macaroni
  • 6 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Dash pepper
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups cubed fully cooked ham
  • 1 can (4 ounces) mushroom stems and pieces, drained
  • 1 jar (2 ounces) diced pimientos, drained
  • 1/2 cup crushed butter-flavored crackers (about 11 crackers)
  • Minced fresh parsley, optional


  • 1. Cook the macaroni according to package directions. Meanwhile in large saucepan, melt 4 tablespoons butter. Stir in the flour, salt and pepper until smooth; gradually whisk in milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1 minute or until thickened. Reduce heat. Add the cheese; cook and stir until melted. Stir in the ham, mushrooms and pimientos. Drain macaroni; stir into ham mixture.
  • 2. Transfer to a greased shallow 2-1/2-qt. baking dish. Sprinkle with cracker crumbs; dot with remaining butter. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until heated through and bubbly. Sprinkle with parsley if desired. Yield: 8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 420 calories, 24g fat (14g saturated fat), 80mg cholesterol, 983mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 2g fiber), 20g protein.

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erok55 User ID: 8585466 235608
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2015

"I substituted kilbasa for the ham, deleted the mushrooms and pimientos. It's wicked good"

_nlfPA User ID: 1879224 227377
Reviewed Jun. 3, 2015

"If you enjoy mac and cheese, you will enjoy this casserole. It is mac and cheese with a little different approach but still delicious.

The only thing I did differently was to double the recipe and put in a 4 quart casserole dish."

[email protected] User ID: 1289836 48241
Reviewed Aug. 2, 2013

"Super yummy and easy! This fed 5 people, though. To be fair, two of them were teenage boys."

agapeanr User ID: 6304679 54984
Reviewed Apr. 12, 2013

"I used shells instead of elbow macaroni and fresh mushrooms instead of canned. My toddler and my husband and I loved it!"

raynebop User ID: 1722800 128658
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2012

"Our family really liked this recipe!!!"

kamyers User ID: 6176319 48240
Reviewed Sep. 13, 2011

"Made it for the first time, really easy and fast to get in the oven. Family and I liked it alot and will for sure be making it again. The only thing I didn't do was add the mushrooms, not a big fan."

amhershy User ID: 1184869 126972
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2010

"Very Delish!! I used velveeta cheese which made it very creamy and drowned out the flour taste. For the crumb topping I used ritz crackers cause it was all i had on hand...very good will definately make again!"

katsamcamsmom User ID: 4612834 55173
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2009

"I have made this twice. Second time I used more ham, diced and the large sized macaroni. The kids liked the recipe just the way it was before I tried to "improve" it. I haven't used the cracker topping either, and it was great without it."

Deepsouthred User ID: 251490 129819
Reviewed May. 10, 2009

"Nice recipe but in my opinion too much flour which made it taste a bit pastey and ended up adding a can of cream of mushroom soup. The next time I make this "white roux" I'll use less flour and stir in a pinch of dry mustard. The DH hurt my hurt my feelings when he suggested that I just cooked a boxed of mac and cheese and threw in everything else and topped it off with crackers:( but it worth trying again!!!"

shelli1542 User ID: 1525176 55242
Reviewed Apr. 13, 2009

"This was really good. It's the day after Easter and I was looking for a tasty way to use some of the left over ham with what I already had on hand. This was it! The only substitution I made was using one cup of mozzarella and one cup of cheddar jack instead of the sharp cheddar because that's what I already had. Yum."

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