Macaroni & Cheese with Ham


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When people tell me they are trying my recipes I get nervous. Actually, I think terrified is more the word I need.

I started this blog as a game for my family to get out of a rut of hot dogs, hamburgers, pizza, tacos and spaghetti. I challenged myself to make a different meal every night for a year and it just kind of blossomed from there. I share what I feed my family in hoping to inspire others to sit down for a meal and to keep me going making dinners at home and taking them To-Go when we need to.

I am not a trained cook or recipe guru. I take thing and measure and mix them together until it I think it is something my family would like. Please take my recipes and make them your own! Add ingredients, leave ingredients out as you see fit for your family.  Try a new spice or vegetable. Try out that slow cooker or bread maker that has been sitting on your shelf for years. Experiment and have FUN!

That is what I hope to do with my blog. Whether you serve dinner on paper plates around a fire pit, stoneware around a kitchen table, or fine china in a fancy dining room I hope you try to have fun cooking for your family and try creating something that you all like.

Some days it is harder than others to play the game. Last night was one of those nights. We are near the end of No Buy January and I had no potatoes left, no whipping cream, no rice, limited cheese, 4 eggs and roasted ham to use. I went out and bought half and half to make macaroni and cheese.  I am still trying to limit the amount of fresh stuff I am buying to absolute necessities – fresh produce, milk and eggs as needed. But, even those I am trying to severely limit because I don’t want to depend on those and not use up the staples in my freezer and pantry. But, I was too tired last night and I still have one week left of this month to get through the pantry and freezer.

Tomorrow I am using the last cans of beans to make soup with the ham bone. We shall see how this goes in my mostly bean hating family.

Verdict:

This was a hands down hit. I used mostly Swiss cheese with a dash of nutmeg for flavor. All of my family picked up that there was something different about the dish but none could quite pinpoint what it was. When I told them all it was nutmeg they were surprised because they were guessing maple flavoring or maple syrup. Both kids had two servings plus there was enough leftover for a hearty lunch portion.

I served this with a green side salad with lots of vegetables.

Macaroni & Cheese with Ham

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 (16 oz) box pasta
  • 10 oz. Swiss cheese, shredded
  • 4 oz. Colby Jack cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup butter, cut into tablespoon size pieces
  • 2 cups half and half or whipping cream
  • 2 eggs
  • black pepper
  • 2 – 3 cups diced ham

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a 13″ x 9″ pan with nonstick spray or butter bottom and sides of pan.
  2. Boil pasta according to package directions. Drain the pasta completely and return to pot.
  3. Add butter and cheese to pan. Stir until completely melted. You may have to return pan to heat to warm enough to melt the butter.
  4. Mix together milk and eggs before pouring into pasta. Stir until well combined. Add pepper and ham. Stir to distribute through pasta.
  5. Pour into prepared dish. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 50 minutes. Remove foil and bake for an additional 15 minutes.
  6. Remove pan from oven. Cover with aluminum foil and allow to rest for 10 minutes.
  7. Cut and serve while warm.

 

19 Comments Add yours

  1. ladybug165 says:

    I enjoy all of your recipes and your blog! 😊

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Awe, thank you so very much!

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  2. Oooh yes, I love this recipe and I love nutmeg.

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  3. I think my son would like this. I’ll see him next month maybe instead of going out one night we can try this. I’ll be visiting at his house for a change so that might not work out. 🙂

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you. It is simple. One pan, one casserole dish.

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  4. I love dishes that don’t required all the pots, pans, and utensils to make! 🙂 I don’t know if he and fiance have a casserole dish!
    I’m looking forward to going to their place and staying for a few days. I can scope out the kitchen and get ideas for a wedding gift.

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      How fun, have a great trip!

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  5. I love your recipes but I do understand what you said totally! xx

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you! I get so anxious it’s crazy!

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  6. weebluemixer says:

    I love your blog. Doesn’t matter you’re not a chef, as I think your recipes are more realistic. People are more likely to try them, you know the trials of putting food on the table that your family will actually eat, enjoy, be healthy and also affordable. Keep up the good work! xx

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you so very much for your kind and encouraging words.

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  7. I think terrified is a perfect word for what you describe when that happens. I am on pins and needles when someone says they are going to make my recipe! I think nutmeg is a wonderful spice to use with ham, I bet the mac and cheese was awesome! And wow, good luck with using up all those beans with your bean-hating family. 😉

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you! Glad I am not alone in that feeling. The mac & Cheese was yummy.

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  8. I fixed Mac and cheese with bacon tonight!! You can’t go wrong with anything cheese or bacon!! Lol Ham would be so good with it too, I will try that!! 🙂

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Bacon ❤ ❤ <3!

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  9. This looks like a winner!!

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you so very much!

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