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Macaroni Ham and Cheese

Add chopped ham to turn a Macaroni Cheese into a hearty main meal.
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Standing Time20 mins
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: British
Keyword: easy, family supper
Servings: 4 servings
Author: [email protected] Cooks

Ingredients

  • 200 g can evaporated milk
  • 300 ml milk, full-cream is best
  • 200 g extra mature Cheddar cheese
  • 30 g fresh breadcrumbs
  • 4 slices thick-cut ham, about 150g
  • 50 g butter
  • 50 g plain/all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon strong mustard (2.5ml)
  • Grated nutmeg, about 1/4 teaspoon
  • Salt to taste
  • 250 g macaroni

Equipment

1.5–2-litre/3-4-pint ovenproof pie dish
or

Instructions

Preparation:

  • Preheat the oven to 190°C/ 170°C fan/ gas mark 5/ 375°F
  • Grease a 1.5 litre gratin dish
  • Mix the milk and evaporated milk, to a total of 500ml.  Heat in a microwave or saucepan to below boiling point
  • Make the breadcrumbs if necessary
  • Grate the cheese
  • Put aside about 30g cheese for the topping and mix with the breadcrumbs
  • Chop the ham into 1-2 cm squares
  • Heat a large pan of water to cook the macaroni

For the Cheese Sauce:

  • Melt the butter in a large saucepan over a medium heat. Add the flour and cook for 1-2 minutes
  • Add about a quarter of the milk and stir well as it all starts to bubble. Once you have a solid mixture, add the next quarter of the milk and repeat until all the milk is used up
    If it’s lumpy, use a stick blender or silisone whisk to smooth it out
  • Add the mustard and nutmeg. Add 300g grated cheese, stirring, and taste as you add salt
  • When the cheese has melted and the sauce is smooth, take off the heat. Put a lid on the pan to stop a skin forming.

For the Macaroni Ham and Cheese:

  • Cook the macaroni in boiling, salted water for two minutes less than the packet says. Drain well
  • Add the macaroni to the cheese sauce and stir to coat. Add the ham and stir gently to avoid breaking it up
  • Pour into the baking dish
  • Sprinkle the cheese and breadcrumb mix over the top
  • Cook for 15-20 minutes or until the top is browning and the sauce is beginning to bubble
  • Leave to stand for about 20 minutes out of the oven before serving.