Recipe Details

Cheesy Ham and Macaroni

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 6

FOR ROASTS, CHOPS and TENDERLOINS

Cook to 145 F with 3 minute rest

Ingredients

1 1.8-oz package white sauce mix
2 cups milk
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
1/2 cup American cheese, cubed
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
7 ounces elbow macaroni, cooked according to directions, drained
1 1/2 cup ham, cubed
1 cup frozen peas

Cooking Directions


Thaw the frozen peas. In a large saucepan stir together white sauce mix and milk.* Following package directions, cook until thickened. Stir in cheese and pepper. Add macaroni, ham and peas and cook, stirring until heated through. Serve hot.

Serves 6

*If you want to make a white sauce from scratch, melt 3 tablespoons butter in a saucepan. Stir in 1/4 cup flour and cook until mixture bubbles. Stir in 2 cups milk and cook, stirring until thickened.

Serving Suggestions

Become a hero with your kids when you serve this creamy combination of cheese, ham and macaroni. Better yet, invite your kids to help you make it. Serve with apple slices.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 330 calories
Protein: 23 grams
Fat: 11 grams
Sodium: 1320 milligrams
Cholesterol: 50 milligrams
Saturated Fat: 5 grams
Carbohydrates: 37 grams
Fiber: 3 grams

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good
by Mary 10/04/2010
Have made twice. Once for a potluck and there were no leftovers. Tried it also with chopped brocolli instead of peas and it was good that way too. 

Better than from a box
by CJ 08/04/2010
So good. And it is simple enough just to make your own white sauce. I also added a 1/8 teaspoon of nutmeg to the white sauce. I put the peas in with the pasta the last 2 minutes of the pasta cooking, then drained them together. Letting it rest a couple minutes before serving helps thicken it more. Though next time I may start with just 1 1/2 cups milk since it was a little loose. Husband thought it was a good ratio of pasta/peas/ham.