Monday, January 10, 2011

It's Creamy and Dreamy!! Mac 'N Cheese with Ham!

Creamy Mac ‘N Cheese with Ham!


* 1 pound uncooked medium elbow macaroni

* 1 1/2 cups chopped lean ham

* 1 1/2 cups frozen peas

* Cooking spray

* 1/2 cup finely chopped onion

* 3 cups 2% reduced-fat milk

* 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded reduced-fat extrasharp cheddar cheese

* 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Swiss cheese

* 3/4 teaspoon salt

* 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

* 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper

* 2 (1-ounce) slices white bread

* 2 tablespoons butter, melted


1. Preheat oven to 400°.

2. Cook pasta in boiling water 6 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water; drain. Combine pasta, ham, and peas in a large bowl.

3. Heat a medium saucepan over medium heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add onion to pan; cook 4 minutes, stirring frequently. Add milk; bring to simmer. Remove from heat; stir in cheeses, salt, and peppers. Pour cheese mixture over pasta mixture; stir to coat. Spoon pasta mixture into a 13 x 9–inch baking dish coated with cooking spray.

4. Place bread in a food processor; pulse 10 times or until coarse crumbs measure 1 1/4 cups. Combine breadcrumbs and butter in a bowl. Arrange breadcrumb mixture evenly over pasta mixture. Bake at 400° for 20 minutes or until lightly browned.

Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Katie Stoddard

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