Yummy Mac & Cheese With Ham & Broccoli

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This is a delicious family dish that is easy to make and clean up after. Everyone loves macaroni and cheese and the addition of ham and broccoli rounds it out to be a one-pot dinner. Kids won’t even mind the broccoli.

This recipe starts with making a white sauce. 

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons flour

1 1/2 cups milk (can be non-fat milk)

2 tablespoons butter or butter substitute

In a saucepan, slowly melt the butter over a low flame. Stir in the flour until all lumps are gone. Slowly add in the milk.

Cook slowly over a low flame and sauce will thicken.

This is a basic white sauce.

Ingredients for mac&cheese with broccoli

white sauce

8 oz sharp cheddar cheese (shredded)

1 package broccoli florets

1 lb elbow macaroni

4 slices American cheese

1 cup cooked cubed ham

Step one- Cook elbow macaroni. Remember that it will be in sauce, so cook al dente.

Step two- make the white sauce according to directions above. Add shredded cheese and American cheese to white sauce. Stir over low flame until the cheeses are melted and sauce is blended.

Step three- Stir in the broccoli and ham.

Step four- Spray the bottom and sides of a casserole dish with a vegetable spray like Pam. Pour macaroni into the casserole dish. Pour over the cheese and broccoli sauce and stir until blended.

Step five- Bake in a 350 degree oven for 25 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Serve and enjoy!

This recipe originally came to me when I had a few slices of leftover cooked ham and some steamed broccolli. I cubed the ham and mixed it and the broccolli into macaroni and cheese. Everyone loved it and a new family favorite was born!

Here is what you will need to get started:

Ingredients:

White sauce plus 1 cup skim milk

4 oz. extra sharp cheddar cheese (shredded)

4 oz. mild cheddar cheese (shredded)

5 or 6 slices American cheese

1 lb. elbow or spiral macaroni

about 2 cups cubed cooked ham

1 package broccoli florets (about 8 oz)

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