Ham Mac and Cheese

Our Baked Mac and Cheese has got to be one of the more popular dishes  - not only is it the most requested dish in our household but its also the most viewed here on our blog. For those reasons I wanted to share with you one of our variations that is an awesome way to use up left over ham (especially when your tired of ham sandwiches during the holidays)

Ham Mac and Cheese

Ingredients:
-3 cups of Chopped Ham
-1 box of Mac and Cheese
-1/3 cup pasta water
-splash of milk
-12oz Shredded Cheese
-Bread Crumbs

Directions:
1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2) Boil Water and cook Macaroni for 7 minutes
3) While pasta is cooking heat Ham in a frying pan to crisp up the outsides
4) Before draining pasta place 1/3 cup of the pasta water to the side then drain the rest of the water from the Macaroni
5) Place Macaroni back into pot add powdered cheese (found in box), 1/3 cup pasta water, splash of milk and mix
6) Add Ham and a little over half of the cheese and stir until fully mixed
7) Place into a greased baking dish and spread out until smooth on top
8) Layer on top remaining cheese and bread crumbs
9) Cook for 30 minutes at 350 degrees
NOTE:
-With the ham I find that smokier more intense cheeses work best with flavor of ham - Most Recently I used 4oz Swiss - 4oz Havarti - 4oz Gouda
-If you haven't checked out our Original Mac and Cheese Recipe you can find it here: Baked Mac and Cheese

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