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Curious Southern Cook on a journey to learn...and to create exceptional dining experiences. I love entertaining and preparing food for loved ones & friends and sharing those experiences with others. My wish is that you will be fed too. Bon Appetite!

Friday, April 26, 2013

Cheesyroni with Ham

Friday nights and comfort food just go together... and you don't get much more comforting than mac and cheese.  Tangystringycheesydeliciousness!  Add a salad and you have a complete meal.  One of our favorite movies is on..."Shawshank Redemption", so I better go.  Y'all have a great one! 
Cheesyroni with Ham
Yield: 8 servings

1 13.25 oz. box whole grain elbow macaroni
4 T unsalted butter
¼ c all-purpose flour
2 ½ c milk (I used 2%)
¾ t salt, plus 1 t extra for pasta water
¾ t garlic powder
½ t white pepper
½ t paprika
½ dried thyme
4 c grated cheese (I used a combination of cheddar and mozzarella)
3 c cubed ham

·         Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
·         Prepare macaroni as directed adding salt to the recommended amount of water, drain and hold until needed.  
·         Heat milk in a pan or microwave and have ready to the side. 
·         Melt butter in another pan, add flour and stir until thoroughly combined. 
·         Add milk stirring with a whisk until smooth and thickened. 
·         Add salt, white pepper, garlic powder, paprika and thyme and stir until combined. 
·         Add 3 c cheese and stir until smooth. 
·         Add prepared macaroni and ham and stir until combined. 
·         Pour into a baking pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray. 
·         Sprinkle remaining 1 c of cheese on top and bake in a preheated oven for 30 minutes.
·         Cut into portions, serve and enjoy!           

1 comment:

  1. It is my policy to not eat seconds these days. But, sometimes, like tonight, I am inspired to throw that policy out the window. Yum!