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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.

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marysueharper User ID: 8760407 243186
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."

paulaj1233 User ID: 8633747 239934
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."

Grannyhen1 User ID: 8013425 148591
Reviewed Sep. 28, 2014

"My family LOVES this"

tracy0515 User ID: 7951618 148588
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..."

SammiDad User ID: 7863844 60883
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."

DenverPatti User ID: 7854727 148587
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."

2princesses2luv User ID: 4369472 159215
Reviewed Mar. 11, 2014

"This was just ok to us."

katlaydee3 User ID: 3741999 67218
Reviewed Jan. 23, 2014

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

Aidandrewmom User ID: 7535980 103327
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!"

weebles01 User ID: 1103491 64778
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2013

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

schapdel User ID: 4414848 67217
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!"

lmcmaster User ID: 3422437 154719
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2012

"My new favorite macaroni recipe!"

santosdebbie2010 User ID: 5528839 60864
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"

staddeo User ID: 2554835 154718
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2012

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

97caroline User ID: 6760535 136197
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!"

blhenn User ID: 5747906 133493
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. :-)"

[email protected] User ID: 193450 83259
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."

kjv1611_girl User ID: 6046253 103324
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."

nantucketgirl User ID: 2715504 103323
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."

LaFrenierM User ID: 5629873 148586
Reviewed Mar. 20, 2011

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

Northwoods Mom User ID: 5797312 83256
Reviewed Feb. 15, 2011

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

godsgrace_7 User ID: 5733048 83142
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."

tgallamore User ID: 3593086 72390
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!"

tanya_tml User ID: 3098850 150549
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!"

jenmtzvega User ID: 1045954 133490
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!!"

mommasunshine User ID: 2363240 150519
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!"

twinklestar241 User ID: 4009802 64772
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2009

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

5hungrykids User ID: 1062637 207368
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."

ssmolha User ID: 1224821 72967
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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