A couple of years ago, my friends Kymberli and Courtney shared a recipe for macaroni and cheese with me. I fell in love with it; however, I made several changes to it first. This recipe is a hit with my family and friends! Every year my middle school students beg me to make it for our Thanksgiving potluck! It's that good!!!
In a large, heavy bottom sauce pan, cook noodles according to package.
In a separate sauce pan, sauté chopped bacon until cooked through. Add the ham to the bacon/grease, and stir until heated through. With a slotted spoon, remove the meat and set aside. Add the butter to the bacon grease and melt it down. Add soups and evaporated milk mixing constantly over medium heat until smooth.
Once the cheese mix is smooth, the the noodles and mix evenly.
Add 6 cups of the shredded cheese. Make sure the cheese sauce and shredded cheese evenly coat the noodles.
Pour half of the noodle mix into a 13x9 baking dish.
Sprinkle half of the bacon and ham mix over the noodles.
Top the bacon and ham with the slices of provolone.
Add the remaining noodles over the first layer. Spread them evenly. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.
Layer the remaining shredded cheese, bacon, and ham over.
Poke the cubes into the Mac evenly spread apart. These pockets of yumminess will surprise your guest!
In a food processor or blender, pulse croutons until they become a fine breadcrumb.