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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

The Creamiest Macaroni and Cheese with Ham

    

     This macaroni and cheese is comfort food at it's finest.  It is quick to put together and makes the creamiest macaroni and cheese you've ever had.  In the time it takes to boil the noodles, you can throw together the sauce and chop the ham.  Then all you have to do is toss it together and dinner is served! If your family is anything like mine, creamy and cheesy are crowd pleasing words and this recipe is sure to get two thumbs up!


      Of course, you can make it without the ham and serve it as a side dish as well.  Maybe with some chicken or even some ham steaks.  But when I am in a hurry, I like to throw as much as I can into that one pot.  It makes cooking it so much easier, not to mention fewer dishes!

      This is not a recipe that you want to break out the extra sharp cheddar for.  It is too strong and will overpower you.  You want to think a nice mild cheese.  I've used colby, cojack or a mix of mozzarella and something else.  And be sure to head the warning about tasting before salting.  There is plenty of salt in the ingredients and you don't want to overdo it.

    Ok.  So break out the pot and get to work.  Your family will thank you!



 



The Creamiest Macaroni and Cheese with Ham

Ingredients:

12 oz pasta, cooked and drained (I used a box of high fiber pasta)
3 T butter
1 can cream of chicken soup (I used the lighter version)
8 oz cheese (use a mild cheese or half cheddar and half mozzarella)
1/2 cup milk 
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 1/2 cups ham, cubed

Please, whatever you do, do not salt this without tasting it!  The soup, cheese, salted pasta and ham add plenty of salt.  

  1. In a large saucepan, melt the butter.  Stir in the cream of chicken soup.
  2. Add cheese, a little at a time.  Stir until smooth and then add more until all cheese has been added.
  3. Stir in milk until incorporated.  Stir in sour cream, pasta and ham until completely coated.
  4. Put on your comfy pants, fill up a big old bowl and get a spoon.  This is going to be good!






23 comments:

  1. I've been looking for a homemade version of Mac and cheese, so thank you, Carlee :)

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    1. Oh my, this one is decadent too! It takes out the hassle of making the roux and the time of baking it and just leaves you with a super creamy and crazy good cheese fest.

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    2. I just wish I had some of your cool accessories for a better presentation! Every once in a while my grandma unloads something cool in my direction. I have her mom's china and her old punch bowl. She says she has been using the same dang things for 60 years and she is ready for something new. Fine by me ;-)

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  2. What a great dish with some real comfort. Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great weekend!
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    Miz Helen

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    1. It is definitely decadent and yummy. We all really enjoyed it and I am sure we will be making it frequently when fall rolls around again! Have a wonderful weekend!

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  3. If mac n cheese isn't creamy, I don't think it should be able to be called mac n' cheese. Yours sounds delish. Thanks for sharing at the This Is How We Roll Link Party on Organized 31.

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    1. I agree! Sometimes the baked stuff is a bit dry for my taste. This is over the top creamy. It almost calls for a bowl and spoon! Thanks for hosting.

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  4. Give me all the mac & cheese! My best friend loves ham and she loves mac & cheese so can you imagine how happy she's going to be when I bring her some of this goodness? She is the one who brought me the warm peach cobbler, so it's only right for me to return the favor with this deliciousness! Thanks friend!

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    1. Throw on some sweat pants and have both! Call it a night ;-) Thanks so much, Andrea!

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  5. I love mac and cheese and this looks great! Nice post.

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    1. Thank you! I like the baked versions too, but sometimes you just want something quick and creamy!

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  6. tee hee... "Put on your comfy pants". Love it, Carlee!
    Sounds deli!cious! I've been trying to get over and see the recipe since I saw the photo on instagram

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    1. Ha! Thanks! It just seems a creamy bowl of mac and cheese should be eaten in the most comfortable way possible!

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  7. I haven't made homemade mac and cheese since last winter! I'm craving it now! I agree on the sharp cheddar, it does completely overpower everything else. I'm thinking mac and cheese for dinner now 😋

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    1. Mac and cheese sounds like a great dinner plan! I haven't made it in quite a while either, but it's that time of year again!

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  8. This is one of my favorite combinations, Mac N Cheese with Ham, yum! Hope you are having a great weekend and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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    1. Isn't it like they were just meant to go together? Thanks so much, Miz Helen!

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  9. I would have never thought to use a cream based soup!
    Great recipe
    Thanks Michelle

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    1. It really helps make it super creamy! Thanks, Michelle!

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  10. YUM! This sounds A-MAZING!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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  11. This sounds like a good recipe for leftover ham after Thanksgiving! So glad you party with us at Merry Monday so we get these good recipes!

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    1. It is a great way to use up some leftovers! Thanks for hosting!

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