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Baked Mac And Cheese With Ham

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Baked Mac And Cheese With Ham is one of the most comforting meals you can have. Who doesn’t like mac and cheese? I don’t know anyone saying no to this dish that we all grew up with. The addition of ham makes this casserole hearty and perfect for chilly nights.

Baked Mac And Cheese With Ham In a Baking Dish.

This is a basic recipe for baked mac and cheese where ham enhances the taste of this humble dish and makes it glorious. Not that mac and cheese is not a glorious dish by default, but ham brings an extra layer of flavor to it.

🫕 A Few Words About Mac And Cheese

Macaroni and cheese is a classic dish that almost every country familiar with pasta makes it. The traditional way to make this dish is by baking it in the oven. This is what we are going to do today.

Believe it or not, pasta and cheese casseroles have appeared in European cookbooks since the 14th century. The recipes were very simple. The freshly made dough was sliced into pieces, boiled, then drained. The cooked pasta was mixed with cheese and butter in layers and then baked.

The more modern recipes from the 1700s were made with Bechamel sauce and a Cheddar and Parmesan cheese mixture.

Here is a fun trivia for you: The famous British Victorian cookbook Mrs. Beeton’s Book of Household Management has a recipe for macaroni and cheese where the pasta is boiled for 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 hours!!! I can only imagine what the pasta looked like after cooking it for such a long time! Yikes!

💝 Why You Will Love This Recipe

  • Comforting– A perfect dish for chilly nights and feeding a crowd of hungry people.
  • Leftover ham– This dish is a great opportunity to use leftover ham, bacon, or even sausages.
  • Easy ingredients– It uses easy-to-find ingredients that most people have in their pantries.
  • Adapt– For example, you can use gluten-free pasta instead of regular one.
  • Add vegetables– Peas, broccoli, spinach, or even leftover roasted veggies, like peppers, onions, sweet potatoes, etc.

📝 Ingredients

Ingredients for Mac And cheese With Ham Collage.
  • Pasta: I used the classic elbow pasta, which most Americans are familiar with. However, any pasta could go into this dish. Don’t use spaghetti, but any other short-cut pasta is great. Think shells, rotini, farfalle, penne, etc.
  • Cheese: The choice of cheese in this recipe is cheddar, but not the one that comes in a bag. I used freshly shredded cheese. Fresh is always better. If cheddar is not your thing, you have so many other options: Gruyere, Gouda simple or smoked, Havarti, Jarlsberg, Mozzarella, Swiss, Monterey, Colby Jack, or a mixture of your favorites.
  • Ham: Any ham you like is good. Mac and cheese dish is supposed to be an economical way to put food on the table, so adding ham to it should be a breeze. You can use either one of these: Hickory-smoked ham, Honey or Maple cured ham, Black Forest ham, Prosciutto, Canadian Bacon, Bacon, etc.
  • Dairy: Milk and sour cream. I prefer full fat for both. Low-fat sour cream has starches and other ingredients that have nothing to do with mac and cheese. You cannot make good food using bad ingredients.
  • Spices: Mustard powder and onion powder are my secret ingredients here. If you never used them in mac and cheese, you missed a lot. These two magic ingredients are what the subtle flavor of this dish is all about.
  • Eggs: Are used as a binding ingredient for milk, sour cream, pasta, and cheese. I grew up with mac and cheese baked in the oven that had eggs in it. In my humble opinion, it also adds protein to the dish, making it more nutritious. It is also delicious.

⚒️ Equipment:

👩‍🍳 How To Make Mac And Cheese With Ham

As always, start with the oven. Preheat it to 350F/180C.

  1. Boil the pasta– for half the time the package directions tell you to do. Drain and set it aside.
  2. Grate the cheese– in a large bowl, and reserve 1 cup for topping the dish. Add the pasta and mix with the cheese.
  3. Add the ham.
  4. Mix and set aside.
How To Make Mac And Cheese With Ham steps 1 to 4.

5. Mix dry ingredients– Separately, mix flour, onion powder, mustard powder, and salt in a medium bowl.

6. Whisk in the eggs, sour cream, and milk– until you obtain a smooth mixture.

7. Assemble the dish– Place the pasta in a baking dish and pour over the mixture of milk, sour cream, and eggs. Stir to combine. Top with reserved grated cheese.

8. Bake– for 30 minutes until bubbly and a crust is formed. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

How to make mac and cheese with ham steps 5 to 8.

Recipe Faqs

How good are leftovers for this Mac And Cheese With Ham?

Like all pasta, this dish becomes less creamy the longer it sits out. However, the leftovers are absolutely divine. Warm leftovers in the microwave or in the oven with a little bit of milk to bring them back to life.

Can I freeze the Mac And Cheese With Ham?

Yes, freeze mac and cheese for up to 3 months.

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Baked Mac And Cheese With Ham

This Baked Mac And Cheese With Ham recipe is everything you need when it comes to comfort food. A classic dish made with elbow pasta, melty cheese, and chopped ham.
4.92 from 12 votes
Author:Gabriela
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Cooling time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings 14 servings
Calories 334 kcal

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces Elbow pasta
  • 3 cups Cheddar Cheese sharp
  • 2 cups Ham diced
  • 2 tablespoons All-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons Mustard powder
  • 2 tablespoons Onion powder
  • 2 Eggs large
  • cup Sour Cream
  • 2 cups Milk whole
  • ¾ teaspoon Salt

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350F/180C.
  • Bring a pot of salted water to a boil and add the elbow pasta to it. Cook the pasta for half the time of package directions. Drain the pasta and set it aside.
  • Into a large bowl, grate the cheddar cheese, reserving 1 cup for topping. Add the pasta and the diced ham to it.
  • Separately, in a medium bowl, mix flour, onion powder, mustard powder, and salt. Whisk in the eggs, sour cream, and milk until you obtain a smooth mixture.
  • Place the pasta in a baking dish and pour over the mixture of milk, sour cream, and eggs. Stir to combine. Top with reserved grated cheese.
  • Bake for 30 minutes until bubbly, and a crust is formed. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

Notes

Full fat milk is my favorite but you can use low fat also.
Are leftovers good?
Like all pasta, this dish becomes less creamy the longer it sits out. Try to eat it while hot and fresh, however, the leftovers are absolutely divine if you like the pasta on the dryer side.
What other types of cheese can I use?
My choice of cheese was Cheddar, but you can also use Mozzarella, Emmental, Parmesan, Colby, Monterey Jack, or a combination of those. 
Note: Always shred your own cheese. The already shredded cheese in the bag has anti-caking additives that alter the final dish’s texture and flavor. Besides that, freshly shredded cheese is better anyway.
Baking dish: You need a 9×13 inches baking dish. 
Can I freeze the Mac And Cheese With Ham?
Yes, it is good in the freezer for up to 3 months.
How do I reheat the dish?
You can reheat it in the microwave or in the oven.
 

Nutrition

Calories: 334kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.002g | Cholesterol: 71mg | Sodium: 556mg | Potassium: 243mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 407IU | Vitamin C: 0.4mg | Calcium: 247mg | Iron: 1mg
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Recipe Rating




Ken

Wednesday 24th of April 2024

we liked it very much. with only two of us ,would keep everything the same except use less macaroni. we love leftovers