FULLY LOADED MAC AND CHEESE

Ellen Bales

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@Starwriter

Saw this recipe last year in a magazine and tweaked it a bit for my needs. This is one awesome mac and cheese!
Photo: Southernliving.com
11-27-14


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Serves:

8-10

Prep:

40 Min

Cook:

40 Min

Method:

Bake

Ingredients

12 oz
elbow macaroni, cooked
4 c
diced smoked, fully cooked ham
1 c
diced country ham
2 Tbsp
olive oil, extra virgin
6 Tbsp
butter
1/3 c
finely chopped onion
2 tsp
dry mustard
1/2 tsp
salt
1/4 tsp
pepper
1/4 tsp
ground nutmeg
1/8 tsp
ground red pepper
5 Tbsp
all purpose flour
3-1/2 c
milk
1-3/4 c
heavy cream
2 tsp
worcestershire sauce
2 c
(8 oz.) shredded extra-sharp cheddar cheese
2 c
diced gruyere or swiss cheese
1-1/2 c
soft, fresh breadcrumbs
2 Tbsp
butter, melted
1 Tbsp
minced fresh chives

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Mix together smoked ham and country ham. In a large skillet, saute half of ham mixture in 1 Tbsp. hot oil for 7 to 8 minutes or until lightly browned. Repeat with remaining ham mixture and oil.
2
Melt 6 Tbsp. butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and the next five ingredients and saute for 30 seconds or until fragrant. Add flour and cook, stirring constantly, 2 minutes or until golden brown and smooth. Gradually whisk in milk and cream, and bring to a boil, whisking occasionally. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, whisking constantly for 5 minutes or until slightly thickened. Stir in Worcestershire sauce. Remove from heat and stir in cheddar until melted.
3
Stir in the cooked pasta, ham and Gruyere. Pour into a lightly greased 13x9" baking dish.
4
Place the breadcrumbs and melted butter in a food processor and combine for 6 to 7 seconds. Sprinkle over pasta mixture.
5
Bake in a preheated 350ยบ oven for 40 minutes or until bubbly and golden. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Top with chives.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Pasta, Pasta Sides
Main Ingredient: Pasta
Regional Style: American
Other Tags: For Kids, Healthy, Heirloom