If you’re feeling a little tired after a long day, you may be in need of some comfort food. But are you actually comforted by the greasy, salty, and calorie-ridden fare of fast-food or the fatty, salty, and calorie-laden dishes you find in a restaurant?

Mac and Cheese is one of those things that you either love or hate. I’m of the former. I would have been content with just a bowl of mac and cheese and a bottle of wine for dinner back when I was a full time college student, but that was before I met my husband, who is of the latter. When he went out to eat with his friends one weekend, he was presented with a menu all about the most famous dish on the earth: mac and cheese in all its many, many variations. He’d had mac and cheese before, but never like this: prepared and served in a home cooked meal, and topped with things like chili, bacon, and a fried egg. It was like he was eating his own comedy

There’s not much that is more comforting than a bowl of piping hot Mac and Cheese—but, how do you make the perfect one? This recipe is packed full of all the comforting ingredients mac and cheese lovers love, and it’s super simple to make!

 

I’m a huge fan of mac and cheese. It’s a traditional comfort meal for a reason, and it comes in a plethora of flavors. This Ham Mac & Cheese dish is also a great way to use up leftover ham from the holidays.

Ham is combined with a bechamel-based mac & cheese and cooked to perfection in this dish. This mac and cheese features a creamy cheese sauce and an additional layer of cheese on top for a beautiful baked finish.

If you enjoy this recipe, try some of my other Mac and Cheese recipes, such as my Homemade Mac and Cheese, Turkey Pot Pie Mac and Cheese, or Cajun Inspired Mac and Cheese.

Easy Ham Mac and Cheese in a blue baking dish.

What to do with ham that has been left over

Easy Ham Mac & Cheese is a great way to use up leftover ham. It will be easier to use bone-in ham. Removed the meat off the bone and cubed it into 12 inch pieces. If using spiral sliced ham, remove the bone and slice the ham into strips. This dish may be made with any type of hame; however, for either cut, eliminate the dried or stiffened parts of the hame.

What to do if there are no leftovers

If you’re preparing this at a time of year when you don’t have any leftover ham, a ham steak may be used instead. Ham steaks are very cheap and can be purchased at most supermarket shops. In a large pan, heat the ham steak on both sides until well cooked. Allow to cool slightly before cutting into cubes.

Easy Ham Mac and Cheese shot from overhead in a baking dish.

What can I use in place of ham?

If you don’t have any ham on hand, you may use another ingredient instead:

  • Chicken
  • Turkey
  • Mushrooms
  • Tofu

Detail shot of Easy Ham Mac and Cheese in a baking dish.

what is a roux and how do you create one?

A roux is a thick, silky soup or sauce foundation. A roux is a flour and butter combination that is cooked together until it reaches the appropriate consistency. A roux serves as a flavor enhancer as well as a thickening agent.

In a large pan, combine equal parts butter and flour to create a roux. Cook, stirring often, until the butter has melted and the roux has started to color. When a roux is browned and has a little nutty scent, it’s ready. This recipe calls for a blond roux (barely browned), while some recipes, such as jambalayas, ask for a darker roux, which will give the meal more flavor.

Ham Mac and Cheese.

Required Ingredients

  • 1 Pound Macaroni
  • 4 Tbsp Butter
  • 4 Tbsp Flour
  • 2 12 cup milk
  • 2 tsp Mustard (Ground)
  • 5 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 2 Cups Ham Diced
  • 2 Tsp Paprika

Needed Equipment

  • Knife of a Chef
  • Board for cutting
  • Saucepan
  • Spoon Made of Wood

Storage Suggestions

Refrigerate for up to four days in an airtight container. To reheat, heat in the microwave or in the oven until well heated.

Freezer: Keep frozen for up to 2 months in an airtight container. To reheat, thaw in the microwave and heat until well warmed, stirring occasionally in the container.

Easy Ham Mac and Cheese in a blue baking dish.

 

Ham Mac and Cheese

Macaroni and Cheese with Ham

 

Michelle Boulé is a French actress.

 

With this recipe for Ham Mac and Cheese, you can make a traditional comfort meal with a twist. This is a great way to use up leftover ham from the holidays!

 

5 out of 5 stars

 

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Time to Prepare: 20 minutes

Time to cook: 40 minutes

1 hour total time

 

 

 

Course Description:

American cuisine

 

 

6 servings

calorie count: 927 kcal

Equipment

 

 

Dish for Baking

 

Spoon Made of Wood

 

Saucepan

 

Saute Pan

Ingredients

 

 

StandardMetric in the United States

 

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  • Macaroni (1 pound)
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 2 12 c. milk
  • 2 tsp Mustard (Ground)
  • 5 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon powdered garlic
  • 2 cups diced ham
  • paprika, 2 tsp

 

Instructions

 

 

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • Cook macaroni in a big saucepan of water that has been brought to a boil. Drain the water and put it aside.

  • Melt butter in a separate small frying pan. Cook on a medium heat setting, stirring frequently. Cook until the mixture has acquired a tan color and a roasted nutty flavor. Remove the pan from the heat and immediately whisk in the milk.

  • Combine the mustard, 4 cups cheese, salt, pepper, and garlic powder in a mixing bowl. Stir until the cheese melts and the sauce thickens.

  • Combine the pasta, ham, and cheese sauce in a large baking dish. Add more shredded cheese and a pinch of paprika to the top of the macaroni.

  • Bake for 25 minutes at 375°F, or until the middle is bubbling and the cheese has melted on top. Warm it up and enjoy it!

Notes

 

Do you like this dish? It was first published on my other blog, The Brooklyn Cook.

Nutrition

 

Calories: 927kcalCarbohydrates: 67gProtein: 48gFat: 51gSaturated Fat: 30gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 158mgSodium: 1255mgPotassium: 562mgFiber: 3gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 1670IUvitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 820mgIron: 3mgCalcium: 820

 

 

 

Macaroni and Cheese with Ham

 

 

I’m so excited to share this recipe with you today, this Easy Ham Mac and Cheese recipe is easy to make and can be made ahead of time – perfect for when you have a hungry crowd to feed! It also uses the same ingredients as my Ham and Cheese Crescent Ring Bites – a family favorite recipe that my kids always request when we have a get together like Thanksgiving.. Read more about kraft macaroni and cheese with ham and let us know what you think.

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