Saturday, September 4, 2010

Meaty Mac n Cheese

I'm always looking for a good homemade Mac n Cheese recipe.  If you have one, post it!

1 lb elbow pasta
4 cups broccoli florets, cut into bite-size pieces
1 lb cubed ham
2 tbsp milk, plus 1 cup
2 tbsp flour
1 tbsp butter
2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
salt to taste (VERY important!)

Cook the pasta according to directions, when the pasta has 5 minutes left to cook, add the broccoli.  Continue cooking until the pasta is al dente and the broccoli is bright green.

While the pasta cooks, make the sauce.  Combine 2 tbsp milk with the flour in a small bowl, stir until smooth.  Melt the butter over medium heat in a sauce-pan (don't let the butter brown or it will clump the milk/flour mixture).  Stir in the milk/flour mixture and whisk in the remaining 1 cup milk, stirring constantly.  Continue stirring until the sauce is the consistency of heavy cream, 2 to 3 minutes.  Remove from heat and stir in the cheese and ham until the sauce is smooth again.  Add salt to taste.

Toss the pasta mixture with the sauce and serve.

Optional topping:
Transfer the macaroni and cheese to a baking dish coated with cooking spray.  Combine 2 tbsp melted butter with 1/3 cup each bread crumbs and grated parmesan cheese.  Sprinkle the mixture on the pasta.  Bake at 450* until the topping is golden, 3 to 5 minutes.

1 comment:

Molly said...

That is funny....I read your post and thought - Elise - you need to move to the south. I am not a mac & cheese fan, but it is ALWAYS a side dish, anywhere you go. There are some sisters in my ward who I hear have good I'll try to get you one.