• 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

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.

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.

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