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Creamy Ham ‘n’ Macaroni

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.
  • Makes
    6 servings

Ingredients

  • 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 shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1-1/2 cups cubed fully cooked ham
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Directions

  • 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.
  • Transfer to a greased 2-qt. baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining cheddar cheese. Bake, uncovered, at 350° until bubbly, 20-25 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.
Nutrition 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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  • Jerry
    Feb 7, 2021

    This is a grand slam home run!! I did make 2 changes...... Beef bouillon (because I didn't have chicken) and Nice N Cheesy because I didn't have shredded cheddar. I topped it with Nice N Cheesy (melted with whole milk for a creamy sauce) and baked it until the sauce browned randomly. It is KILLER!!

  • Caitlin
    Feb 5, 2021

    wow! i made this exactly as shown and it was delicious! i loved it and so did my family! definitely going to be a repeat recipe.

  • Kaylee
    Jun 23, 2020

    This is delicious!!! Me and hubby give it 10/10 ! Will use again

  • Andrea
    May 6, 2020

    I also doubled the pasta and instead of bouillon I used roasted chicken base. Added onions because we have no kids. Phenomenal !!!

  • Jenita
    Mar 16, 2020

    My boys and I absolutely loved it. Our new quick and easy fave!

  • lyndaengland
    Apr 26, 2019

    I loved this! Left out the bouillon though. Easy and amazing!

  • marysueharper
    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
    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
    Sep 28, 2014

    My family LOVES this

  • tracy0515
    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...