Dianne's Best Mac & Cheese Ever! With Ham, Peas & Habene

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 10 mins

DO NOT OMIT THE HOT PEPPER HABENEROS OTHERWISE, THIS IS NOT MY RECIPE YOU ARE REVIEWING AND SHOULD NOT BE REVIEWED PLEASE. THANK YOU. I don't like dry, baked, bland Mac & cheese. If I'm going to stuff my self with fat and carbs in the same meal - IT BETTER BE WORTH IT! I sincerely think my mac & cheese is better than my mothers because I don't bake all the flavor out of it and dry it out with bread-crumbs. I never understood the point of bread-crumbs on Mac & Cheese anyway. So, please: NO BREADCRUMBS!!!!!!! Thank you :-)

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 29.58 ml butter
  • 59.14 ml flour (I always or only use 'Bob's Red Mill Soy Flour' to significantly cut the carbs and boost protein.)
  • 4.92 ml salt
  • 2.46 ml dry mustard
  • 2.46 ml cayenne pepper
  • 1.23 ml pepper
  • 473.18 ml milk
  • 473.18 ml grated cheddar cheese
  • 118.29 ml diced ham
  • 118.29 ml diced peas
  • 236.59 ml chopped habeneros with seeds
  • 118.29 ml Tabasco sauce
  • 226.79 g dry whole wheat elbow macaroni, cooked according to package directions (to make it lower carbs, use 'Dreamfields Pasta' (In the black box)


  1. Part 1:.
  2. Melt butter in medium saucepan.
  3. Stir in flour, salt, mustard, cayenne and pepper until smooth.
  4. Remove from heat and gradually stir in milk until smooth.
  5. Stirring constantly, cook over medium heat until thickened (about 10 minutes).
  6. Add ham & peas and Haberneros and Hot Sauce.
  7. Blend together well.
  8. Remove from heat.
  9. Stir in 1 1/2 cups cheese until melted.
  10. ******************** This is where I END my recipe - at the MAXIMUM, Oooey, gooey, yummy, melty goodness. But SOME people insist I go further. As long as there are no bread crumbs involved, I'll compromise and continue.
  11. Part 2:.
  12. Combine cheese mixture with macaroni in greased 2 quart casserole.
  13. Sprinkle remaining cheese on top.
  14. Bake in 375 degree oven for 25 minutes or until lightly browned.
  15. Like I said, if I'm making this for myself - I only do Part 1 and I strongly suggest everyone give it a try that way too. You don't know what you're missing!