Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Baked Macaroni & Cheese with Ham

On a cold wintery evening this is a great dinner to whip up.

Baked Macaroni & Cheese with Ham

6 tbsp butter
4 tbsps. flour
1 3/4 cups of half and half
1 1/4 cups shredded Swiss cheese
1 1/4 cups shredded cheddar cheese (you can use less cheese if desired)
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
3 cups of diced ham
5 cups cooked macaroni
1 cup bread crumbs - half for the inside crunch and half for a topping
1/4 cup scallions, diced
pepper to taste

Combine Macaroni and Cheese Ingredients. Using a large saucepan melt the butter and add the flour – stir and gradually stir in your half and half making sure to keep stirring as the entire mixture thickens. Pour in your cooked macaroni. Add your shredded cheese and your Parmesan to the mixture - now you can add half the bread crumbs and scallions, and add the cubes of ham. Stir well and pour into a well greased casserole or baking dish.

Put the last of the bread crumbs on the top for a nice crunchy top layer.

Bake at 350 degrees about 20 minutes or until the top is crisp.

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