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