Carries Macaroni and Cheese With Ham

"Delicious, cheesy, yummy goodness. You can eat it right away, or bake it to get a crispy top, your choice. Cooking the onions with the pasta distributes the flavor. Give it a try. I did this as a pantry challenge, I had the stuff and threw it together!"
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  • Cook macaroni according to package directions, adding the diced onion when you put the dry pasta into the boiling water. Drain and rinse.
  • While pasta is draining, melt Margarine in the pot and then add the flour, garlic powder & salt. Stir constantly until thick and turning a dark butter color.
  • Add the milk and stir until it starts to thicken, then slowly, a bit at a time, add the cheese, stirring constantly. When everything is melted together and smooth, add the macaroni and ham in and mix well.
  • Serve OR Bake in an oven proof dish for 20 minutes at 375 for a crispy top.

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  1. mama smurf
    A very good and easy recipe. I cut the recipe in half and like Bergy I added some jalapeno and red pepper flakes but also I added a few frozen peas at the end for color and baked it for about 15-20 minutes. Made for Think Pink Oct'09 Breast Awareness Month.
  2. FrenchBunny
    This was a delicious Mac and Cheese. The addition of the ham made for a yummy taste. It was a nice creamy sauce with a great flavor. I cut the recipe in half being only 2 for lunch. I got everything ready before I left for work and just popped it in the oven at work for about 30 minutes and was fantastic. The only complaint I had was it was too hot. Thanks for your recipe. Made for Think Pink Oct'09 Breast Awareness Month
  3. Bergy
    I cut the recipe in half them made it up to the point of adding the macaroni, separated half into an individual oven proof bowl - my friend does not eat meat very often, then added the ham to the remainder and now we have two happy diners from one recipe. I did add a Jalapeno pepper, finely chopped and 1/2 tsp hot pepper flakes to the sauce just before adding the macaroni. Great comfort food on a Winters night Thanks CookbookCarrie for posting this tasty recipe
  4. looneytunesfan
    I really liked this. I am always on the search for a CREAMY mac & cheese. This was very good and creamy. Unfortunatly my daughters brought down the average because they felt it wasn't cheesey enough. All the more for me then. What was left I am freezing in individual servings for MYSELF!!! Thank you for sharing.
  5. *Parsley*
    Yummy! This sauce got thick, smooth and creamy and it didn't dry out after baking. I never made mac & cheese without any cheddar cheese until now. The American cheese was wonderful!! I used yellow American cheese, a bit more ham than called for (for my meat-lovin' boys);) I also put about 1/4 tsp of paprika in it and sprinkled the top w/ about 1/4 cup soft buttery breadcrumbs before baking. Mmmmmm! So delicious! On top of being delicious, it's an easy recipe to make. I will make this for my family over and over. Thanx for sharing this!


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