Spicy Ham and Tomato Macaroni and Cheese Casserole

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Recipe by Kittencal@recipezazz

This is a family favorite!

Top Review by LonghornMama

Very good! The family really enjoyed it. A nice change from plain mac and cheese type casseroles. I loved the addition of spices and tomatoes. As written, this is not too spicy so I'll use 2 fresh jalape?os, minced, and 1/4 t cayenne without worry. This makes a huge 13x9 dish, plenty to feed my family of five at least two meals. So next time, I'll freeze half to bake later. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Set oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Butter a 3-quart casserole dish or a 13 x 9-inch baking dish.
  3. In a large heavy saucepan melt the butter and cook the onion, garlic, jalapenos, coriander and cumin over low heat, stirring until the onion has softened.
  4. Stir in flour and cook stirring for 3 minutes.
  5. Add in half and half cream and/or milk; bring to a boil, whisking until mixture thickens (about 2 minutes).
  6. Add in well-drained tomatoes; simmer for 2 minutes.
  7. Add in cayenne, salt and pepper.
  8. In a large bowl, mix together cooked macaroni, and tomato/cream mixture.
  9. Add in the chopped cooked ham.
  10. Stir in the cheddar cheese to combine.
  11. Transfer mixture to prepared baking dish.
  12. In a small bowl, mix together the bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese, then sprinkle over the casserole.
  13. Bake on the second-lowest oven rack for 20-25 minutes, or until golden and bubbling.

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