Dinner Mac and Cheese

Lynette !

By
@breezermom

Perfect recipe for leftovers after a holiday meal! Uses leftover ham and leftover roasted vegetables to turn mac and cheese into a one dish meal. I really like this, and you can change the taste up by changing the roasted veggies you add. Great recipe for right after the holidays! From Southern Living with a few changes made by me.

Rating:
★★★★★ 1 vote
Comments:
Serves:
8
Prep:
10 Min
Cook:
45 Min
Method:
Bake

Ingredients

16 oz
corkscrew macaroni, dried
3 Tbsp
butter
1 clove
garlic, minced
1/4 c
all-purpose flour
4 c
milk
1 c
sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
10 oz
white cheddar cheese, shredded
3 oz
cream cheese, softened
1/2 tsp
salt
2 c
ham, cooked and shredded
2 c
roasted vegetables, assorted, coarsely chopped
1 1/4 c
ritz crackers, crushed
2 Tbsp
butter, melted

Step-By-Step

1Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Prepare the pasta according to package directions.
2Meanwhile, melt 3 tbsp butter in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add minced garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 1/2 minutes. Gradually whisk in flour; cook, whisking constantly, 1 minute. Gradually whisk in the milk until smooth; cook, whisking constantly for 8 to 10 minutes or until slightly thickened.
3Whisk in 1 cup sharp Cheddar cheese and the next 3 ingredients until smooth. Remove from heat, and stir in the ham, vegetables, and hot cooked pasta.
4Spoon the pasta mixture into a lightly greased 13 x 9 inch baking dish. Stir together the crushed cracker crumbs and 2 tbsp melted butter. Sprinkle over the pasta mixture.
5Bake at 400 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown and bubbly. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Casseroles
Main Ingredient: Pasta
Regional Style: Southern