Baked MAC and CHEESE with HAM
elbow macaroni, cooked and drained
shredded cheddar cheese (i like medium)
diced ham (i like small pieces)
white sandwich bread
1Cook the pasta according to directions. Drain and set aside.
2In a large pot (6 qt.) melt butter. Add onion, cook until softened, about 5 minutes.
3Sprinkle onion with flour, stir to coat. Slowly pour in milk, stir so there are no lumps. Cook until mixture is thick and bubbly, about 7 to 8 minutes.
4Season with salt, pepper and cayenne. Add only 2 cups of the cheddar cheese. Stir until cheese is nicely melted.
5Toss pasta with the cheese mixture, and fold in the ham.
Transfer to a 9 X 13 baking dish.
6In a food processor, pulse bread until large crumbs form. Toss with remaining 1/2 cup of cheese.
7Top pasta with your cheesy breadcrumbs . Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes, or until the top is golden.
8Enjoy! This is my favorite Mac and Cheese!
Originally Posted: Thu, Jul 16, 2015