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Mac and Cheese with Ham

Cheesy macaroni and savory ham are combined to make this super easy and amazing no-boil mac and cheese with ham recipe.
Only recently have I given the no-boil baked macaroni and cheese a try and it’s so easy I’m not sure if I’ll ever go back. Add some diced up leftover ham for a family meal that is so easy and delicious.
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword Mac and Cheese with Ham
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 8 people
Calories 427kcal
Author Jennifer @ Plowing Through Life

Ingredients

  • 2 cups elbow macaroni uncooked
  • 3 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper optional
  • 1 1/2 cups ham diced
  • 1 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 1/4 cups shredded colby jack cheese reserve to sprinkle on top

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F and apply non-stick spray to a 9 x 13" baking dish.
  • Measure milk and stir in salt, pepper and dry mustard. Pour into baking dish.
  • Sprinkle pasta, cheddar cheese and diced ham evenly over the top of the milk and stir lightly if desired.
  • Cover with foil and bake for 40 minutes.
  • Uncover and sprinkle remaining cheese on top. Bake for an additional 5 - 10 minutes until cheese is melted and casserole is fairly firm.
  • Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

Notes

  • Be careful about adjusting the amount of milk or pasta in this recipe as having the right ratio is critical to the success of the dish
  • Bake covered to help hold in moisture
  • Diced ham can be mixed in with uncooked macaroni or sprinkled on top with the last layer of cheese towards the end of baking
  • Can be baked in a 9 x 9″ baking dish which takes 50 minutes where a 9 x 13″ dish takes 40-45 minutes before uncovering to add final layer of cheese.
  • Up to 8 ounces of thinly sliced Velveeta cheese can be added to make creamier mac and cheese
  • When making plain mac & cheese I like to substitute dry mustard for Worcestershire sauce, but I like how the mustard compliments the ham flavor
  • About any combination of shredded cheese that you enjoy can be substituted in this recipe

Nutrition

Calories: 427kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 69mg | Sodium: 906mg | Potassium: 341mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 590IU | Calcium: 424mg | Iron: 1mg