Meaty Mac and Cheese

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READY IN: 35mins
Recipe by bowers526

I found this in a magazine. I haven't tried it yet, but it seemed really good, so I thought I would post it.

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Directions

  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add the pasta, and boil until the noodles have 5 minutes left to cook according to package directions. Add the broccoli and ham; continue cooking until the pasta is al dente and the broccoli is bright green and crisp-tender. Drain.
  2. While the pasta cooks, make the sauce: Combine 2 Tbsp milk with the flour 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 until the sauce is smooth again.
  3. Toss the pasta mixture with the sauce, and serve. (To reheat, add a little milk to loosen the sauce.).
  4. Optional Topping: Transfer the macaroni and cheese to a baking dish coated with cooking spray. Combine 2 Tbsp melted butter with 1/3 cup bread crumbs and grated parmesan cheese. Sprinkle the mixture on the pasta. Bake at 450 degrees until the topping is golden, 3 to 5 minutes.
  5. You can also replace the ham with chicken or swap the broccoli with peas or you can just leave it plain.

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