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Baked Macaroni, Ham and Cheese

Enjoy this cheesy casserole made with ham and pasta for a tasty dinner– ready in an hour.

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  • prep time 30 min
  • total time 60 min
  • ingredients 8
  • servings 4
 

Ingredients

8
oz. (3 1/2 cups) uncooked macaroni or bow tie pasta (farfalle)
1/4
cup butter
1
small garlic clove, minced
1/4
cup all-purpose flour
2
cups milk
6
oz. (1 1/2 cups) shredded extra-sharp Cheddar cheese
4
drops hot pepper sauce
1
cup julienne-cut (1 1/2x1/4x1/4-inch) cooked ham

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  • 1 Heat oven to 375°F. Spray 1 1/2-quart casserole with nonstick cooking spray.
  • 2 Cook pasta to desired doneness as directed on package. Drain; return to saucepan.
  • 3 Meanwhile, melt butter in medium saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic; cook 1 minute. With wire whisk, blend in flour; cook and stir 1 minute. Add milk; cook until mixture boils and thickens, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to low. Add cheese; stir until melted.
  • 4 Stir in hot pepper sauce. If desired, add salt and pepper to taste. Add ham; mix well. Add cheese sauce to cooked pasta; stir until well mixed. Spoon into sprayed casserole.
  • 5 Bake at 375°F. for 25 to 30 minutes or until lightly browned and bubbly.
  • 1 Heat oven to 375°F. Spray 1 1/2-quart casserole with nonstick cooking spray.
  • 2 Cook pasta to desired doneness as directed on package. Drain; return to saucepan.
  • 3 Meanwhile, melt butter in medium saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic; cook 1 minute. With wire whisk, blend in flour; cook and stir 1 minute. Add milk; cook until mixture boils and thickens, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to low. Add cheese; stir until melted.
  • 4 Stir in hot pepper sauce. If desired, add salt and pepper to taste. Add ham; mix well. Add cheese sauce to cooked pasta; stir until well mixed. Spoon into sprayed casserole.
  • 5 Bake at 375°F. for 25 to 30 minutes or until lightly browned and bubbly.

EXPERT TIPS

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Expert Tips

These make-ahead directions work best if you substitute an 8-inch square (2-quart) baking dish for the 1 1/2-quart casserole. Prepare recipe as directed above; do not bake. Cover with foil; freeze. When ready to use, do not thaw; bake, covered, at 350°F. for 1 1/2 hours. Uncover; bake an additional 10 minutes or until lightly browned and mixture is bubbly.

Nutritional information

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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
620
(
Calories from Fat
280),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
31g
31%
(Saturated Fat
18g,
18%
),
Cholesterol
100mg
100%;
Sodium
950mg
950%;
Total Carbohydrate
55g
55%
(Dietary Fiber
2g
2%
  Sugars
9g
9%
),
Protein
30g
30%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
25%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
45%;
Iron
20%;
Exchanges:
3 1/2 Starch; 3 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 3 High-Fat Meat; 1 Fat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.